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Samantha Sharp BSc Biology, 2019

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I chose Southampton as when I attended the open day I felt so welcomed and everyone was so friendly and nice. The campus was so pretty and green. The building was very modern and going to the biology talk made me realise how many opportunities there were here at Southampton.

It is lovely studying here, everywhere is easy to access due to the University buses (Unilink) there are many clubs and the nightlife is great. The professors are so lovely and approachable and are really engaging when giving lectures and you can tell they really enjoy what they are teaching. The course is really great with a wide variety of options to choose from with really interesting lectures. I feel well looked after at this University and I know that if I had a problem there are many people I can talk to that will help me out. Another great feature about this university is the safety bus that will drop you off at your door for a very cheap price and even if you don’t have any money on you, you can hand in your student ID card and pay the next day. 

I love learning about biology and the lecturers make the lectures so interesting that I sometimes feel as though I am just watching a David Attenborough documentary rather than watching a lecture.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ so far?

One of my best moments has actually been on the course itself when I went on the Spanish Field Course as well as other trips such as to Marwell Zoo and the New Forest to carry out field projects. These projects helped me get extra links and get volunteer experience as well, which helped me to decide what I actually want to do in the future and learn some valuable skills. I also have loved being part of theatre group where I performed a play in the annex (the performing arts stage) and have made many friends.

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

I have become such an independent person from being here but in a very comfortable way knowing that if I need help I can get it and if I need to go home there is easy access to the train station and airport. From all the field trips I have been on I have learnt many different skills that I apply to experiment planning. I had the opportunity to do a paid microbiology placement here at this University with my tutor and I learnt many different lab skills that will be crucial to know in future work. By doing many projects in the lab and in the field I have learnt how to organise my time and create a realistic plan for setting up and carrying out projects. I have become much more confident in myself to go and give something a go such as auditions as well as asking for placements with the help of theatre group and professors.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I’m really enjoying the lectures and at the moment working in the greenhouse to collect data for my dissertation. When I go to my lectures I know that it will be taught well as well as be interesting to watch and learn about. I love learning about biology and the lecturers make the lectures so interesting that I sometimes feel as though I am just watching a David Attenborough documentary rather than watching a lecture.

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

There are many opportunities to pick modules outside biology which aids your learning. In first year I took a geology module called ‘The Living Earth’ and it complemented another previous module I did called ‘Patterns of Life’ very well and these were both my favourite modules. Being able to look at the origin and evolution of animals from a geology point of view really helped me to understand evolution and the different struggles animals had to face which led to the diversification of life on Earth today.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

The city of Southampton is a great city to live in with a lot of things to do. There is a great shopping centre as well as many night clubs and so the nightlife is great! There are busses everywhere and 4 different train stations! Busses also run until late and the city is well lit and so feels safe. There are many restaurants and at Christmas there is a lot to do and they even have an ice rink!

What three words sum up how you feel about your experiences so far at Southampton?

Friendly, Eye Opening and Fun

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