Coming from a small town in the North of Scotland, the University of Stirling was the perfect next step. I was ready to move away from home, but all the familiars are already there at Stirling. Accommodation is easy to organise, everything you could possibly need is on campus- from the library, the gym, a supermarket and a pharmacy- and the vibe is so relaxed and friendly. It made moving away from home for the first time less daunting. Personally, I underestimated how big the academic jump between school and university studies would be, but once I got into the swing of things, and had the confidence to ask questions that turned out not to be silly at all, the self-responsibility adds to that freedom you search for when coming to university. You have to organise yourself and your learning, get to places on time, and ask for help if you need it. But you are also allowed time to figure this all out. Going to university has been one of the best decisions I have made because I love to learn, but the support and benefits I gained from the additional activities on campus have been equally as enjoyable and rewarding. There is literally a club or sport for everyone, you can like Harry Potter and basketball at the same time, and I made some of my best friends through joining societies and taking part in activities on campus.