How Parents Can Help Choose a University

Choosing the right university is an important decision, so it’s a good idea for parents and their children to tackle the process together. Daisy and her dad, Alan, tell us out how they worked as a team to help Daisy make her choice.

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Q. How did you go about choosing the right university for you?

Daisy: I looked at what A-level grades I was predicted (two As and a B) and went on the Guardian website to see which university would be best suited to me. I had never been to Wales before, but I spoke to my dad, and realised that the University of South Wales was only about an hour away from home. There was an Open Day at the University the following day, so we just decided to go.

Alan: We got to speak to the head of the Law School and she was really friendly and approachable, which helped put us at ease. We went to visit other universities, but Daisy felt at home at the University of South Wales straight away.

Daisy Peskett and her dad Alan

Daisy: The facilities are brilliant. Having the Moot Court really develops your skills and courtroom etiquette. There’s also a great range of options on offer within the law course, so you can start your studies learning about civil and criminal law, and decide later on which you would prefer to specialise in.

Q. How involved should parents be in the application process?

Alan: I was with Daisy for all the Open Days she wanted to go to, so I could check out the accommodation and speak to the lecturers. It’s really important that parents know their daughter or son is going to be comfortable and happy at their chosen university.

Daisy: Dad also thought of questions which I wouldn’t have considered, so it was good to have him there.

Q. Did you decide to live at home or move into student accommodation?

Daisy: I live about an hour away from university so it made sense to move into Halls. But even if you live closer to campus, I would always suggest living in student accommodation as it has so many benefits. You meet loads of people and it teaches you to fend for yourself.

Alan: It has definitely helped Daisy to develop her responsibilities.

Q. Daisy, what were the first few weeks of university like?

Daisy: It was a crazy time as there’s so much to take in. Freshers’ Week is very fast-paced and a great experience, as there’s so much going on around campus. As I was settling into Halls, I felt a bit homesick during the first few days, but I was so busy with different activities that I soon got into student life and really started enjoying myself.

Q. How has university helped you to think about your future career?

Daisy: At first, I thought I might want to be a barrister, so it has really helped me to study a general law degree and work out which area of law I definitely want to go into. It’s also given me the confidence to take a gap year after my degree. I’m lucky to have really good lecturers, who explain things to us in terms we can relate to, which is really important in law as you have to be able to put things into everyday context in order to understand them.Alan and Daisy attended open days together

Alan: It’s remarkable how much I’ve learned about law since Daisy has been at university. When she’s revising for exams she leaves post-it notes all around the house, so I’ve picked up quite a lot about the subject that way!

The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK with campuses in Pontypridd, Newport and Cardiff. It offers courses across a huge range of subject areas including business, education, sport, engineering, the creative industries and more. Book on to our Open Day on 4 July.

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