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Usman Amin

BSc (Hons) Psychology

My advice on finding the right University

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Choosing the right university for you can seem daunting but its actually really easy when you know what to look for. In this video I talk a little about some of the key things to think about when searching and applying for Universities. I’ve related some of this information to Drama, Performing Arts, Dance and Music but I’ve also included things like choosing the right place to live for example and making sure you feel comfortable in your new city. Below I will summarise the things I’ve talked about in this video so that if you missed anything, you can see it here.

  1. Relax, take a deep breath because everything will be fine. It is a big decision choosing what university you want to go to and that means you should take the time to explore all of your options. The more options you have, the better your choice will be when you make it.
  2. Decide whether you want to stay close to home or move to a new city entirely. This is really important as I found moving away affected the way I lived my life. I wasn’t able to just jump on a bus or train and go home so easily. I had to learn to take care of myself independently. If this is something that you want to do then maybe a university further away is a good choice. However, if you do want to stay close to home then that’s fine too. Just make sure you have an idea before you make your final decision.
  3. One of the benefits of living in a city like Sunderland is that everything is pretty much on your doorstep. You can walk everywhere and as it’s a smaller city, you get to know people on a much more personal basis. I’m not sure if this kind of experience is available in a bigger city but again, it comes back to what you prefer so think about the type of city that you want to live in too.
  4. If you’re looking to go into Performing Arts, Drama, Dance or Music like myself, consider what you want out of the course. Often, academic courses have some element of theory and if this is not for you then maybe consider drama school as this will be much more practical. If you’re ok with theory then you can pretty go anywhere. Make sure the modules on the course sound interesting and if you get the chance, talk to as many people at the universities as you can. Interacting with people is great and it really helps you to get a feel for the place.
  5. Try to attend as many open days as possible. Actually seeing a university really helps to decide whether it’s for you or not. Often there are guided tours, members of staff and even students who are studying your course will be on hand to help. Also, you might think that you quite like a university, then arrive and completely change your mind which is completely fine but you wont realise this until you go and find out.
  6. If you can’t attend an open day due to whatever reason, don’t worry. Make sure you look at the university website as there will be lots of information on there. Don’t be afraid to call people and talk over the phone about your options and gain any additional information.

I hope this information has been of use. Remember, you can ask me any questions on here or on my Facebook page. I would be more than happy to help!! Good Luck!! 😀

It’s all starting to come together!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

I post a lot on Facebook but recently I put something up which pretty much sums up my time at University. I thought I would post it on here for you guys to look at.

“So today it’s official. After I graduate, I will be moving back to Birmingham. After lots of thought, I have decided that is where I want to be. Over the last three years I have achieved things I didn’t were possible. I came to Sunderland with a passion for Drama, however I have tried my hand at all three disciplines of Performing Arts. I was always the one that needed confidence to go and reach my goals and now, ironically I am a person teaching other youngsters to reach theirs.

Above and beyond, all of that aside, I have met some incredible people!! Everyone I have had the honour of getting to know over the last few years have affected and changed my life for the better. You’re all awesome and I will miss everyone so much when it’s all over! It’s weird to think that I’m at crossroads all over again, I feel nervous, anxious, happy and excited all at the same time.

The reality of starting a new chapter in my life is only round the corner. For now though, I have a dissertation to finish and final performances to complete. To everyone that I know, I’m sure this will be said many times over but it’s been a pleasure, truly from the bottom of my heart I have loved working with you all!! Let’s make these last two months or so count!! :’) x

Pentatonix – Run to you (Cover by Rachael and Usman)

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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Hey guys. Check out this cover of run to you, originally written by Pentatonix. Me and my amazing friend Rachael thought we’d give it a go. Hope you enjoy it!! 😀

  • Name: Usman Amin
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Drama BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Birmingham
  • Ambitions: I aim to teach drama - I would love to inspire youngsters to do what I do!

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