Mitzy Antonieta Quinto Cortes PhD in Archaeology, due to graduate in 2020
This experience has definitely changed my life in a positive way. I have been in different places learning directly from the experts, travelling and discovering new things, faced diverse situations which I have learnt a lot of myself so I consider all of this to be the most amazing experience of my life.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Southampton?
Because of its Centre for Maritime Archaeology within the Faculty of Humanities, one of the most important centres of study on maritime archaeology and internationally recognised in the research, dissemination and management of maritime cultural heritage. I also chose the University of Southampton because of its close relationship with the Mary Rose Trust, a world leader in the conservation and restoration of underwater cultural heritage.
What do you enjoy the most about living in Southampton?
The maritime landscape! I really enjoy walking by the beach and looking at the boats, I also like the green spaces around and the international population.
If you had any difficulties during your studies, how did you overcome them?
Maybe the hardest part has been to be away from home. At the beginning I was afraid I could feel alone but soon I found out there were more students like me feeling the same. So we started talking and now we are really close, like a family. I have made true friends here with whom I have spent unforgettable moments.
What will you do with your degree after you have finished your studies?
Having a masters degree and a PhD will definitely help me in achieving my projects in the future. I would like to continue with my professional development in the academia as research fellow looking forward to establish my own charity in charge of underwater cultural heritage.
Did you receive a scholarship for your studies?
I did my MSc in Maritime Archaeology here at the University of Southampton; to study my master degree I had two scholarships: a CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology) Scholarship from my country Mexico, and a Santander - University of Southampton Scholarship. For my current PhD in Archaeology, I have a CONACYT Scholarship again so I am really thankful because all of this would have been impossible to do without these grants.
If you could give your past-self one piece of advice about coming to study in Southampton, what would it be?
I would say: Do it! Discover other cultures, travel around the world and learn other languages, do not be afraid of the unknown because there are great things outside waiting for you!
Would you recommend the University of Southampton to students from your home country?
Yes, living and studying abroad it is an experience for life! You will learn not only about your area of research, but of yourself. I have been in different places learning directly from the experts, travelling and discovering new things, faced diverse situations which I have learnt a lot of myself so I consider all of this to be the most amazing experience of my life.
What is your favourite spot on campus?
The National Oceanographic Centre Southampton (NOCS), the Waterfront Campus has a great view of the decks and their facilities and laboratories are great. I always enjoy being there. I also like the Union cinema, the swimming pool and the bouldering wall.
What were your first impressions of the University of Southampton?
I was surprised about its very diverse population; it is really an international university so you could meet people from all over the world.
What has been your proudest accomplishment while you were in Southampton?
I have been accepted in several international conferences to present my current research, so I feel really happy because it means my work is having an impact in my area of study. I am deeply honoured about developing my research in collaboration with the Mary Rose Trust, for me this is one of the best achievements of my life.
Do you have any stories about your time in Southampton or a happy memory you want to share?
I have met incredible people, both students and staff with whom I have enjoyed and learnt a lot. I have travelled with friends and colleagues here in the UK and in Europe and it has been amazing. I have been part of incredible projects, which I consider great accomplishments.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
This experience has definitely changed my life in a positive way. I have learnt a lot and I am sure this is just the beginning!