Current student, Mikey has nearly completed her two year study programme with us and kindly shares her experiences as a Wyke student along with giving some invaluable advice to upcoming students about Wyke Start and on how to get the most out of your college experience.
What is your study programme at Wyke?
A Level Sociology, WJEC Criminology, A Level Photography and an Extended Project Qualification
What has been your favourite part of college life?
My favourite part of college life has been the lessons. You get so much support from your teachers and you’re able to develop a good relationship with them. In every class, there is a mutual respect between the students and it’s a wonderful learning environment; you don’t feel awkward or nervous to put your hand up and say something and you make good friends with others in your lessons. I always love coming out of every lesson having learnt something that was genuinely interesting and always looked forward to my next lesson.
Tell us a little bit about a subject you are really passionate about.
Within Sociology, you can debate and talk a lot with other people about the topics you are studying. You are able to give your own opinions and thoughts on theories, and often you’re able to apply what you have learnt to a real life scenario. For example, with the education topic you can look around college and see that content in action. It changes your perspective on multiple parts of everyday life and this was especially exciting for me as I found myself connecting what I had learnt to real life situations. Sociology is all about the real world and you see it come to life around you which makes it really fun.
Have you taken part in any enrichments at Wyke?
I travelled to London with the Sociology Department. We travelled to London to go to a Sociology conference and this gave us an advantage as some theorists we learnt about were speaking at the conference.
To see the theorists you learn about talking about their research in real life gives you so much more valuable information for you to use in the course and it was a fascinating experience.
We also saw the musical Matilda which related to the childhood topic; as you were watching, you would find yourself picking up on different sociological concepts shown as part of the story, and it reinforces the idea that sociology is everywhere around us.
I also travelled to Washington DC which gave me a completely unique outlook on Beliefs in Society as I was able to witness ‘civil religion’ first hand amongst other concepts we had learnt in the classroom.
Do you have any future aspirations?
Starting in October I will be studying with the Open University. I will be studying towards an Open Degree with Sociology as one of my chosen modules. I loved studying at Wyke and I was very passionate about the subject’s I studied, which is why I chose to continue studying them at degree level. Interestingly, one of the theorists we learn about in Crime and Deviance is part of the Open University team; knowing that is part of the reason I chose this university. My teachers at Wyke truly believed in me and pushed me to achieve, and they are part of the reason I hope to study a PGCE after finishing my degree.
What did you find helpful about Wyke Start?
Wyke Start was what helped me to decide on my courses definitively. It was hard to decide before having a taster lesson in the particular subjects and it made me excited to start in September.
Do you have any advice for Year 11’s attending a Virtual Wyke Start?
Enjoy Virtual Wyke Start as this is a completely unique experience for you. Hopefully, the taster lessons will help you feel more prepared and help you become excited for sitting in the wonderful classroom environment come September.
What advice would you give to upcoming students for their first few weeks at college?
Wyke can appear like quite a big campus at first but that will soon pass. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the library, whether to use it as a study space or take books out. Don’t be afraid to talk to other people in your classes, as there’s a good chance many of them won’t have friends in that class either. The friends you make in the first few weeks are the friends you will probably keep for the years to come.
Organisation at the beginning is also key, as you can soon find yourself with an overflowing folder if you don’t keep everything in an order. Also, don’t leave creating revision resources until you’re told there will be an exam: it’s best to start making resources alongside learning the content.
Most importantly, if you feel as if you need help such as use of a computer or extra time, tell your teachers. After a disappointing result on my first test at Wyke, I told my teacher I thought I needed help and they arranged it for me very quickly, and after my next test with these new arrangements I received an A. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you think you need it.