This evening, while procrastinating getting caught up on French and Math (I am constantly behind in both, but still keeping afloat *famous last words*), I decided to respond to the email I finally got back from Across the Pond – the Partnership program that helps American students apply for school in the UK.
Since the email I got was excruciatingly long, it took me a while to give it the just attention it deserved – well, I say that, but really it was full of assumptions that I was still in high school. I shouldn’t have resented that assumption, but I did. After all, aren’t the majority of students applying straight out of high school? So I had to write a long winded email correcting this assumption, letting them know that I was a 4.0 student, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, in the college’s Honors Program, and a member of the Writing Center staff as well – just to put everything in perspective.
I had to set them up somewhat in response the latter half of their email, which listed all the schools in the UK that would best fit my interests. They asked me to pick five schools and that we would go from there. Every school I picked had a note next to it stating that it was of Ivy League quality. It took a lot of research. Some of the websites that were provided with the school’s information were just difficult to navigate – something that hasn’t changed much since I was university hunting in high school.
However, here is a list, with links, of schools that I’m looking at, as well as reasons that caught my eye (I won’t lie, I don’t know too much of what I’m looking for, and I’m only giving it half my focus this evening).
In no particular order….
- Lancaster University – Ivy League Equivalent
It’s in the top 20 UK English departments
Eco-aware and somewhat Eco-friendly
Offers English, Philosophy and Creative Writing
The Town has a witch-burning history (kinda interesting)
9/10 students get a job 6 months out of graduation or go on to further their education
Their English/Creative writing program is 3/4’s English, and 1/4 Creative Writing, taught by known writers.
There’s a Linguistics and Philosophy Program
Near the coast, on a river
- Durham University – Ivy League Equivalent
English and Philosophy Program
The only school in the UK to receive a top 10 ranking in all of its subjects
In the top 100 world ranked universities
They have a really wonderful representative who has almost completely sold me
On the coast
They filmed Harry Potter there, so it’s essentially Hogwarts
- University of Exeter – Ivy League Equivalent
Ranked in the top ten in the UK
It’s English department is ranked 4th in the UK
It’s English department is ranked 50th in World ranking
Has locations in Exeter and Cornwall
Has Philosophy Program
Has Creative Writing Program which has also ranked in the top 20 Creative Writing departments in the UK
Their Creative Writing staff includes Nobel Prize winners
Exeter is voted one of the best places to live in the UK
- University of York – Ivy League Equivalent
Their English department is ranked in the top 5 in the UK
Offers Multilingual literature
In the summer there is a weekly creative writing workshop done by known authors and poets
Has Philosophy department
Has Creative Writing department
Advertising LGBT history month (that’s pretty freaking cool!)
- King’s College London – Ivy League Equivalent
Has French and English with a year abroad
Has French and Philosophy with a year abroad
Is in London (which for me, personally, is a drawback)
There’s a lot to think about. These are just schools in the UK. I need to consider more local schools as well. I recently found out that University of Washington isn’t a bad school – it’s one of the better public schools, and I wouldn’t have to pay out of state tuition. That’s something to consider. As mentioned before, I’ve had suggestions from Columbia University and Penn. State, but I’ve also gotten emails from University of Tampa (no interest), Louisiana State University (no interest), and University of North Dakota (I haven’t looked into it). There’s options, and I need to remember that cost is only one factor. I don’t know that I’d be happy going to a school in the UK, I just know it’s cheaper, and I don’t want to live in Seattle (though it wouldn’t be the worst choice).
I still have another year before I have to start applying to Universities. But if I have a general aim now, then I can make sure that the classes I sign up for are beyond just the AA Transfer degree that’s designed for Washington State universities, and look into specifics that other universities might want – for example, two full years of foreign language, or further than Pre-Calculus.
While Whatcom has been helpful overall, their transfer advisers have not been. I need to take matters into my own hands and do my own leg work. Hopefully I’m doing it right.