6,500km leap of faith
I’m originally from the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, which is a small British overseas territory. Having studied IGCSEs and A levels at school, I was always committed to continuing with the British curriculum and study at university in the UK.
I had never been to the UK, and was unable to attend an open day, so I had to base my choice on researching university websites and take a leap of faith with my application. I searched for universities in the south coast of England that were offering creative courses. A strong sense of community was important. I remember looking into the Freshers’ events that universities were running – I wanted to feel confident that I would settle into a new country and be welcomed from the start.
I wouldn’t say I had strict criteria, but I definitely had to be by the sea. I wanted to be somewhere that reminded me of home.