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Thomas  Land BSc Zoology, 2019

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I chose Southampton because of the freedom of the degree. During my Zoology course I have embarked, not only on Biology but on Marine Biology as well as Anthropology modules. You make the scientist you want to be!

Studying at here has opened my eyes to real research and real opportunities in the industry. Every lecturer has inspiring research under their belt and all of them will help you achieve the goals in which you strive for in a degree.

The life science building is one of the most functional and beautiful buildings on campus. With the collections of specimens, it reminds you about the physical aspect of the subject and fills me with a little bit of excitement every time I go into the labs.

I chose Southampton because of the freedom of the degree. During my Zoology course I have embarked, not only on Biology but on Marine Biology as well as Anthropology modules. You make the scientist you want to be!

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The facilities are all you could possibly want. From as many cafes as you could possibly want as well as well as a gym in every set of halls, the university is well equipped to cater to every need.

As the scientist I have access to labs to carry out my final year project and if necessary, insectaries and a greenhouse on the roof of the life sciences building. Not only that but also access to one of the most powerful academic X-Ray machines in a British university, proving invaluable in my final year project as I mapped dinosaur anatomy.

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

Southampton University is well known to have many societies, so becoming President of the Natural History Society has been one of the highlights of my university career. Helping inspire others about some fantastic biology and having fun while doing it is unmissable.

Another highlight would have to be the Spanish fieldtrip. The university offers plenty of trips across a variety of subjects. However, the first trip to give you a taste of freedom in the scientific world as well as being on the south coast of Spain. From project concept to sitting out in the wild taking notes, invariably getting it wrong and having to change so much, it is a perfect first year introduction into the world of professional science.

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

Not only expanding my knowledge in the subject of Life on Earth, but also actually getting me to understand the subject. Understanding how to handle data, understanding the complexity and beauty of our plant and understanding who I am and what I’m capable of.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

In third year there is more freedom in projects. So having been told to make a video on a specific topic, I managed to research, script, film and edit a documentary on the Origin of Species.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

Southampton is a busy city with a vibrant nightlife. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping and spending a lazy afternoon going to the movies or wandering along the coast, but also plenty of chances to knuckle down with work in one of the nicest Waterstones I have ever been in (and try not to get too distracted by the sheer number of books).

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

Inspiring, Supportive, Eye-opening

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