Paul is well on his journey to working in film journalism and becoming a critic.
'The best thing about my course is that we learn by doing.'
I really wanted to be a journalist so decided to study a higher education course to get the qualifications I needed.
I came to Teesside through clearing. The University rang me asking if I would be interested in studying with them so I decided to do some research. My dad and I came to have a look around and I was really impressed with what I saw – it felt like the best place for me.
I was really intrigued by journalism when I was studying A-level English language – the work featured similar aspects and I found it really enjoyable.
The best thing about my course is that we learn by doing – it’s very practical, which I find a welcome change from all of the exams I’d had during A levels and GCSEs. The tutors are also really welcoming and approachable and offer a lot of support if you need it.
My favourite modules have been Shorthand and Law and Regulation for Journalists. The tutors were so friendly, supportive and inspiring and were able to get the best out of me.
The facilities at the University are very impressive and were part of the reason I chose to come here. The new developments to the library have been a huge improvement and have really brought it up to date. The other facilities, and new features such as The Curve and the living wall, are testament to the modern view of the University.
I’m not one for nightclubbing but I’m enjoying going to the one of the local pub quizzes – it’s a good opportunity to get out and spend time with friends.
I’m also part of the Students’ Union’s 7-aside football society which has been a great way for me to branch out and meet new people.
During the day there’s plenty of shops in the town centre with everything you could ever need and they’re often good value for money which is something all students appreciate!
I’m hoping to go into journalism, specifically in film journalism working as a critic.
For one of my modules I set up my own blog reviewing films. I’m taking every opportunity I can to get myself into the industry – hopefully this will help me.
I’m also looking at securing a placement over the summer to help further my career prospects.
Yes absolutely, it’s a very modern University with first-class facilities. I’m really enjoying my course and the people I’ve met have helped to make it one of the best and most memorable experiences of my life.