Kirstie McIlwraith – BA (Hons) Applied Humanities
“I originally considered a creative writing degree with the intention of a career of teaching creative writing to mature students. I was offered the foundation pathway which would take 4 years, so when I heard about Applied Humanities it seemed perfect. I knew straight away this was a great option for me. I mean what’s not to love? You can tailor it to your own interests and career path whilst also saving time and money.
My favourite thing about this course is that it helps me to think outside the box and encourages me to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve tried photography and editing to make a photobook, which I turned into a video with music. I have written a blog and produced a PowerPoint presentation with audio recording. These are things I would of never have dreamt of doing previously. This degree gives you that confidence to try new things. It has given me the opportunity to express myself in a way that works for me.
Being a mature student, there is always a worry that you won’t fit in, but friends studying at Newman reassured me that they had never once been made to feel like they didn’t belong and were always made to feel welcome.
Studying at Newman University has been a great experience so far, with so much help and support available. For example, the careers team are already helping me to gain the experience I need through voluntary work and my tutors are helping me to plan my assessments to prepare my postgraduate application.
My ambitions have definitely changed since starting the degree and I am now hoping to move on to the ‘Step Up to Social Work’ Programme to become a Social Worker.”