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Joe Armitage BSc Zoology

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Joe Armitage is a student of Zoology at the Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences of the University of Southampton.

Studying in Southampton is an amazing experience. My course and the way it has been taught has been engaging and the university as a whole creates a great environment to learn in.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

It was somewhere I could clearly see myself studying, the whole university gave off a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. This feeling came from members of staff and the students that I spoke to before coming here and has only been reinforced during my time at Southampton. 

What is it like studying here?  

Studying in Southampton is an amazing experience. My course and the way it has been taught has been engaging and the university as a whole creates a great environment to learn in. The students are welcoming and there is always something fun to do when you’re not in lectures. 

How do you rate study facilities at the University? 

I usually go to the library if I have deadlines to meet as I find it is a great environment to work in and has computers and other key facilities that help. The sports facilities give me the option of lots of ways to keep fit from going the gym to playing football. 

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences) so far?

Going on a field course with all my course mates in first year was a definite highlight and was a great way to get to know people on my course better. Playing football has also been a really good experience and has let me meet many great people while also making sure I maintain an active lifestyle. 

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person? 

Being in Southampton has helped me meet many people from different places. I have had lots of new experiences during my time here from trying out different societies to going to places I wouldn’t usually go with my friends. 

What are you enjoying most about your course? 

The choice of modules I have which allows me to study things that really interest me and made my degree really enjoyable.

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area? 

I have been able to do modules in other schools outside my course that will help my degree and give me a different view on some topics relating to my subject. 

Did you/do you stay in University accommodation? What was it like? 

Staying in halls during first year was a great experience as you are near so many other students. It is great for being social as everyone has just come to university and everyone is just looking to make friends and meet people. 

What is the city of Southampton like to live in? 

Southampton has plenty of shops and places to eat as well as a lot of places you can go. It is easy to get around the city using buses and the trains provide good links to other towns and cities. The night life in Southampton is a personal highlight with me having many stories of nights out with my friends.

What do you plan to do once you graduate? 

I plan on staying in Southampton to do a postgraduate in conservation and use that to get a job somewhere in the field of conservation. 

How will you use the skills and experience you have learnt at Southampton in the future? 

University has let me improve key skills such as teamwork, planning and organisation that will remain useful for the rest of my life 

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