Apeksha Shah MA Fashion Management
The best part of the city which I like is that the majority of the population comprises of students here. Hence one does not feel alone and it is very easy to mix with other people.
What attracted you to the University of Southampton?
Of all the universities I applied to I preferred Southampton as it had a greater ranking compared to others, with a good established image and reputation. Also it provided the exact course and curriculum that I wanted to learn, along with good staff support.
The best part of the University was the high level of management with regards to various aspects. Also the halls of residence provided by university are very safe. The on-campus staff of the halls are available 24 hours and are very cooperative. Also the University of Southampton provides various student support for careers, visa guidance, money matters etc.
What do you enjoy most about living in Southampton?
Southampton is a very beautiful, green and quiet place. Also, London is just one hour by train, so we can visit it quite often. Though it is a small city you can find everything, with good places for shopping.
Were there any challenges during your studying and living in Southampton?
When I came to Southampton the main difficulty I faced was about transport, as I was new to the routes and modes of transport. But the travel office in the University guided me through which was very helpful.
Did you receive a scholarship?
I received a £1,000 scholarship for my tuition fees which was very helpful for me! Also the university provides good socialising opportunities by conducting various events to help international students adjust to the peer group.
Why did you decide to do a postgraduate course?
I completed my BSc in Fashion Designing from Pune, India. During my course I was thrilled with the business side of fashion. I wanted to gain more knowledge and expose myself to a wider area, and hence my interests persuaded me to undertake post-graduation in this subject.
What do you hope to do after your postgraduate course?
I am planning to undertake an internship for a few months for work experience and then work full time for a year or so.