'Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you. Be strong and choose to be positive.'
At some point everyone ends up going through a hard time. It's been a very long time since I last went through a tough time, but I've never experienced it quite like this before. I started university nearly a week ago and it's been a very tough and hard going experience. Now my decision is to withdraw from the university, it's the right thing to do. It's not a failure, it's a sensible and positive thing to do. It took me a while to decide what the right thing to do was and after many talks with my mum I decided that this was my only best option for me.
I won't go into too much detail but it all comes down to doing what is best for me. The financial side of things have been hard going and after looking more into the course I realised that the course isn't suited to my style. I would advise anyone who is looking to go to university to study any type of photography to really look into the course. On your open day or interview ask more about the module content because I didn't ask anything about the course content, I just assumed that it would be the right route for me to take. Do lots of research about the course and look at the style of your own photography, also think about what sort of photography you are wanting to do as this will give you an idea as to what course would be beneficial to your career aspirations.
I was always unsure as to what photography course to take, sometimes to become a professional photographer you don't even need a degree. But in my case where I live I am very limited to pursuing a career into photography straight away. Always look at your options, I have a few options at the moment where I might be able to transfer to a new university with a different course. Or I can even decide to re apply to a university another time. It was a tough experience but I have managed to learn from my mistakes and always make sure that I do more intense research before hand. Always ask questions, it's an important thing to do as it's another way of researching and if something isn't right for you there is no shame in walking away from it and finding other possibilities.
While I was in Cheltenham I managed to take some photos, I love photography too much to give that aspect up. The Cheltenham town was great for photography, lots of beautiful architecture, small monuments and shops.
Always stay positive and collate as many options as possible, ask as many questions as you can and always ask for help, whether it be family, university or careers advisers. I always follow a quote from Marvel's Agent Carter "I know my value, anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter."