I graduated on this day 3 years ago with a BMus in Classical Music from Goldsmiths. The time has flown since then! I genuinely think that going to Goldsmiths was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I can remember feeling confused during sixth form, and I read every single prospectus available at my secondary school whilst increasingly thinking: is this it? The whole idea of university seemed completely redundant until I found Goldsmiths: it seemed to me to be full of creative, innovative, curious people.
It’s kind of impossible to sum up what I gained overall from my degree; I very firmly think that everything we do affects and shapes us in one way or another. I found so much at Goldsmiths; on one level I made great friends (many of whom have turned into collaborators and colleagues in the three years since we left), I had some amazing lecturers and I got the most brilliant higher education. On another level I found the validation for myself that I’d been lacking in my own life before then; validation for education and art that I’d struggled to find in secondary school. Goldsmiths ultimately showed me that being myself is a good thing. I’ve always been quite fiercely individual and independent but a lot of the fight I had as a teenager evaporated at university; I didn’t need to stand up for who I was or be resilient to other peoples remarks. Instead, individuality and personal expression were encouraged and rewarded. I pursued my own interests wholeheartedly and was introduced to whole other worlds of thinking and art.
University sometimes gets a bad rep: people can feel lonely or isolated, find that they chose the wrong degree or struggle to feel like they fit in. I luckily didn’t experience any of those things! For me going to a non-campus university was perfect: I still felt connected to the real world, and at the same time the New Cross-Deptford area was small enough that I was constantly bumping into friends and coursemates even when not strictly at uni. Goldsmith is quite a small university and was the perfect size for me; it’s a friendly, supportive environment and I’m still widely connected still despite being in different years or on different courses. I find the current tuition fees horrifying; going to university as one of the most gratifying experiences of my life and it’s upsetting to think how many people will pass over uni based on the fees alone. If I’d skipped university, I’d be without many of my friends, lots of my keenest interests and some of the best experiences of my life. Thank you Goldsmiths. 🙂