What’s it really like at HSDC? A Level Student Kate Whetton shares her top ten things about student life:
There are so many awesome things about being a student at HSDC; things that, after a few weeks (or after a year!) you tend to take for granted. College is such a great experience, regardless of the course you are on – so here are the ten best things about being enrolled here.
Not only do they have all the knowledge you’ll need to get through your course, they are also engaging, helpful, and willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed. From helping you apply to UCAS to just explaining something to you again, your lecturers will honestly be the most academically valuable people you will encounter at College.
There are so many facilities for you to use at both campuses. Dance studios, science labs, recording studios, a fully equipped gym and 4G Astro-pitch, art studios, study centres, libraries – the list is endless. Make the most of an early start by going for a run in the gym before your first lesson, or use a long break to get your work done in a computer room. Whatever you choose to do with your time at HSDC, the facilities you need will be provided for you.
At HSDC, you will have the best support network. From lecturers to friends, and the Health & Wellbeing teams available at both campuses. Further Education can be stressful sometimes, but any support you need will be given to you, which is just great!
Lessons are arguably the best thing about being at HSDC because it is your opportunity to gain insight into the subjects you have chosen to study. Lecturers generally do their utmost to make lessons engaging and interesting, using several different methods to help get the main points across.
You may think that starting College is a scary experience; you may even worry that you won’t make friends - but this is far from the truth. If anything, the friends you make at College and the bonds you form are so much stronger than the ones you develop at school. You meet people who you have so much more in common with, either because they have a similar work ethic to you, because you have a related career goal, or just because you have the same interests. Spending time with your friends at College honestly makes your time there so much more worthwhile and enjoyable.
One of my favourite things about College is using the library between lessons. The stereotype of a library is that it is just about books – but this isn’t the case at College. There are several computer rooms you can use, depending on whether you want to work in silence or with people – there are tables and booths, a drinks corner and laptops you can borrow. The library is a great space to sit down and get your work done, but likewise it is also a good place to socialise and collaborate with your friends.
The great thing about the three campuses is that students studying at any campus can still access the facilities at the other campuses. If you study at South Downs, but you have a friend that studies at Havant, why not organise a get-together during a break? The campuses are just a short bus ride between each other, and so long as you don’t get late for lessons, there’s no reason not to take advantage of your ability to utilise all these additional resources. If you're an Alton Campus student you are able to make use of the facilities at Havant or South Downs campuses!
Believe it or not, you won’t spend 100% of your time in College in lessons. And there is so much you can do between lessons. It isn’t mandatory to stay on site all day. If you first lesson doesn’t start until 11am, you don’t need to be there until then. Likewise, if your last lesson finishes at 1pm, you are free to go home, or get involved with an extra-curricular activity, or complete assignments/homework. Our Havant Campus is very close to the town centre of shops and fast food places. Similarly, the South Downs Campus is less than a mile from a McDonalds, KFC and Asda. Our Alton Campus is very close to local shops and cafes including Costa and Cafe Nero. Students very often take advantage of these places during long breaks.
This ties in with the idea of free time, but breaks are a great thing about student life at HSDC. Not only does it give you more than enough time to meet up with friends and head to the shops, you also have the time to study. You can get all your College work done at College, so that you have more free time at home to do what you want.
If good food and drink is important to you, then you would be in luck as a HSDC student. As well as both campuses being close to fast food places and other shops, but additionally, food on campus is awesome too! Grab a breakfast wrap if you get to College early, or head to Starbucks for a coffee during your break. Food and drink is reasonably priced and absolutely delicious, so if you come to college, be sure to take advantage of these places.