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Brandon Orton

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Brandon Orton

I was unhappy in my 9-5 job and I felt very low last year, so I decided to do something about it. I applied to study Event and Tourism Management. I’ve never exactly known what I want to do with my life but I’ve always had an interest in tourism and the events industry. I love travelling to new destinations – sightseeing and experiencing new cultures is a big interest of mine. Last year, I took a leap and decided to visit Prague on my own.

I was a bit nervous beforehand but when I was out there, I loved it. I’ve always been that person who feels like they need to be around other people all the time but that’s not the case. I think if you rely too much on other people sometimes you can get let down and I think it’s really important to be able to go out and enjoy your life on your own too.

I’m hoping to go to Budapest on my own again this year. I’m going solo again, as I know I can do it. I’ll need a bit of a break especially after exams are done in May. It’s great because you meet a lot of new people when you put yourself out there, and it sounds cheesy but you gain a lot of skills and it really helps your independence.

I never wanted to go to university at 18 – I don’t think I was ready for it. But now I’m achieving grades I never thought I had the motivation or ability to achieve and I recently won at the Student Ambassador awards for Outstanding Newcomer of the Year – it made me realise how far I have come since last year.

A lot of people moan about their lives and say they can’t change it, but you can. It doesn’t mean your life will change straight away, but you just have to be patient. I really do believe life is what you make of it and you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

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