Justine Wai

Current student

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For the 6 years prior to coming to Loughborough, I studied the IB Diploma Programme in Creative Secondary School, in Hong Kong.

This enabled me to explore a wide range of subjects, like Biology, Geography, English literature and more. Although my school never offered them, I was always interested in studying either Psychology or Criminology. Needless to say, I was really glad to know that Loughborough offered Psychology with Criminology as a single course, as it was essentially the best of both worlds for me.

In the days leading up to results day, the anticipation was made more stressful by my own worries. Although my predicted grades had exceeded my conditional offer, my lack of confidence convinced me that I would not meet any of my offers. I had barely slept the night before results day and woke up quite early, despite knowing that my results were due to be released online that night.

In an attempt to distract ourselves, my friend and I met up for lunch that day. We tried not to dwell on the fact that we were going to find out where we would study, for the next three years.

Later that night, I remember having dinner with my family, but could barely eat. I grew more and more anxious and ran into my room a minute before 8pm. I could still feel the weight of, what I thought, was a dreadful exam performance. Then, I logged into my results portal and prepared myself.

The next thing I knew, I ran into the living room and hugged both of my parents, while tearfully sharing the pleasant news! I immediately felt the stress of the past two years being lifted off my shoulders. The rest of the night was quite emotional, as I had not only exceeded my predicted grade and met my offer, but was also one point shy from a perfect score. It finally sunk in, as I received congratulatory messages from teachers, letting me know that I was at the top of my cohort.

Justine Wai

In the days following, the next steps were made very clear by the university.

As an international student shy of 18 years old, I was asked to submit a few documents through email. These included a fee status questionnaire and an under-18 parental consent form. Instructions about how to register for the course and hall accommodation came later in the summer, which were also quite straight forward, as important information was always communicated via email.

That was almost two years ago. Looking back at my university life so far, I am so glad that I chose to study Psychology with Criminology at Loughborough. At the beginning of first year, I was worried about studying the social policies of a different country. However, my lecturers were really supportive and responsive to my concerns and made my learning experience much more enjoyable. Not only do I get to study Criminology out of interest, but I will also qualify for the British Psychological Association graduate membership, allowing me to work or study in either area upon graduation.

As someone who has always struggled slightly with meeting new people, I was a bit apprehensive towards socialising with others, not helped by the fact that I was younger than everyone else.

I didn’t feel like I fit in at first, but my university experience changed for the better, when I discovered the range of opportunities to get involved. For the past two years, I have found a home within Action, the students’ union’s volunteering section, where students can engage with members of the community. For example, organising gatherings for older adults and preparing meals for service users at the soup kitchen in town. For me, I have always gravitated towards volunteering with children of all ages.

This year, I was fortunate enough to be an Action project leader for Culture in the Community. We organise arts and craft days for children in the campus nursery and local community, centred around cultures from different countries. As someone with a tendency to focus on academics and neglect the social aspects of university life, this allowed me to meet some of the most kind-hearted people. I can confidently say that coming to Loughborough has allowed me to grow, and shown me that university life is more than just my course.

If you’re a student worried about results day, my advice would be to distract yourself. It is completely normal to dwell on the worst case scenario, but also try to be excited about the best outcome! Since you already have your firm and insurance choices, try and find out more about what the universities have to offer. What societies would you like to join? What do the lecture theatres look like? What modules will you be studying? If you feel yourself getting too anxious on results day, find out if any of your friends would like to meet up. You’re all in the same boat and it really helps to think and talk about things other than your results.

Best of luck and relax for the next few months. The most exciting part of your life is yet to come!

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