Sunday 19 March 2017

The Truth About Uni | Why I Chose Everything

If you don't know I'm part of a blogger collab with other university student bloggers! I've been really excited to start posting on this collab, as I've already wanted to write about my university experience for some time now.

In this post I will talk a bit about my course, why I chose it, how and why I chose the university I went to.


I chose the University of Portsmouth, on my list of options I believe I had picked this as my last option. I wasn't too interested about going to a University on my doorstep (as I lived in Havant at the time), I wanted to move away (mainly to London) and I didn't think Portsmouth was good at the time. After going to interviews and not getting into Ravensbourne (a sort of prestigious film school with very limited spaces), and Bournemouth Arts (Edgar Wright went there, if you don't know of him google is your best friend!). I was quite disappointed with two of the unis rejecting me, I was so passionate about film I didn't understand why they wouldn't want me. But, I thoroughly believe that things happen for a reason.

As time got nearer, I looked at going through clearing (a certain time towards going to university where you can give up all of your acceptances to go to another option you didn't choose before), I had looked at going to Greenwich, as it's in London and their film course looked really good! I've always had this feeling that one day I'll have to move to London or near it for my career.

However, I chickened out of moving away to London and when I looked around Portsmouth it actually was pretty good! I was still going to move and live down there, but this meant I could keep my job for extra income.


If you've read my posts for a while, and even my tweets you'll know that I study Film Production. Originally I wanted to be a writer (novels and women's magazines such as Fabulous, Glamour and Cosmopolitan) I then started looking at becoming a film critic, and thought it would be amazing to watch and talk about films for a living! This is obviously a niche as there's only two big film magazines; Empire and Total Film.

My boyfriend did a media course at college and it mainly centered around filmmaking, of which I was allowed on set to help out. This was my first instinct that I had to make films, I loved the feeling of being on set and watching something be created in front of my eyes. Although it was my intention to learn more about the filmmaking process to make me a more competent film critic by understanding the ins and outs.

As you may have guessed I fell in love with filmmaking. I took a BTEC for one year (as I'd already taken photography, english language and english literature A Levels). I was so confident and creative, I took on every single role, and often created these short videos single handed (they weren't great but I had such a passion and tried new things).

So writing took a back seat as I prepared myself for three more years of filmmaking at uni.

My course is accredited which means that the industry recognizes it as a course that prepares us for that industry. We have some amazing kit; Arri Alexa, Black Magic and the C300, I've loved learning and using these cameras but at times the kit is limited when there's a large amount of demand even for when it comes to film units.

There's a lot of theory to learn as well, at college we focused on the practical side of filmmaking not theory (that would be media/film studies) so I had a lot more to learn than some other students. I haven't particularly enjoyed this aspect, it has been interesting learning about film noir and Hollywood, but I'm just not very good at theory!

I'm in my third year now, which means in a few months I will be finished. Gosh I cannot wait!

So that's it for my first post of the collab, if you have any questions about my course of university you can comment on this post or tweet me @SaffronWatson_ I hope you liked learning a little bit more about me!

Please check out the other lovely blogger's posts:

Jasmine from Thoughts From Jasmine (she brought us all together)

Jen from Velvet Spring

Becky from The Owlet

Annaleid from Actually Anna 

Sophie from The Glamour Reel

Katherine from Millennial Rants

Tori from Legally Brunette

Another post will be up in two weeks!

Saffron x


  1. This sounds great! I love it how you found your way into doing what you really love to do! Good luck this year with graduating!!:)
    xoxo Annaleid

  2. I'm impressed with your logic, thought processes, drive, and determined pursuit of your goals. You obviously put a lot of thought into choosing which university to attend. I hadn't realised how involved your chosen fields are. I would love it if there were more women writers, directors, producers, filmmakers, and media executives, wish you great success, and hope your films get wide acclaim.
    P.S.: I love your YouTube videos !!! (I just subscribed and "Liked" your video 'Turkey Preview')

    1. Thank you, I always try to make the best decision possible! I try not to be impulsive!

      There are lots of successful females in the industry you just don't hear about them in the same way that you see men in the industry! Hopefully that will change...

      Saffron x

  3. Wow, such a great collaboration! This is so interesting for me, as I didn't have the full university experience, it provides a lot of insight :D aw good luck and you go girl!! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    1. Yes I love it!

      Oh really was that?

      Thank you so much!

      Saffron x

  4. Oh i do like the idea of this post! Interesting to read as I will be going to Portsmouth uni in September 🙊 quite nervous about it hehe.

    You put a lot of thought into university are you glad you stayed close to home then instead of london? We will have to meet up sometime when i move over sweetie.
    Love Leigh |

    1. Yes I'd been planning to write more truthfully about my uni experience, and this collab has motivated me to do it!

      Yes 100% staying close to home has been the best decision I've ever made! I thought I could be independent without my parents but actually I've needed them so much more and I'm so grateful to have the support network that I have!

      Yes we will! When are you moving over here?

      Saffron x


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