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Mackenzie Hobby MSc Cyber Security Risk Management, 2018

American

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Many staff members know there are lots of international students coming from different backgrounds and teaching styles, so they are pleased to help with any questions you have.

Why did you choose to study at Southampton?

Southampton was the only School in the UK that offered a Cyber and Risk Management programme. This programme appealed to me because of its uniqueness and the ability to combine different disciplines, such as the Computer Science School and Business School.

What is it like studying here?

Studying in Southampton is nice because it is not as cold as other places. It has a student vibe, and it is easy to take the train to other places such as London for a day. Students and staff are also very warm and welcoming.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I really enjoy working with other people in my course and learning from them as everyone comes from different backgrounds and has very different perspectives on the learning material.

Have you taken advantage of any extra opportunities outside of your course?

Yes, I am the academic course representative for the Cyber and Risk Management course, I help alleviate any concerns students may have. I am also a member of the Triathlon Club.

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

So far, I have enjoyed meeting many people here at the University and attending day trips around England that students of the University have organised.

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

Moving to an unfamiliar place, a country I had never set foot in before coming here, I am extremely thankful I chose to study in Southampton. My time in Southampton has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I have been able to meet many people. Coming back to school after working for a couple of years has also challenged me and studying here has made me more determined and driven to succeed in the next opportunities that come my way. 

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The student union puts on many events for the students to get to know each other, there is plenty of clubs to join, and the new computer lab is extremely nice, they have lots of programs and tools needed for your studies!

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

Southampton definitely has a 'college town feel'. There are many discount nights for students in pubs across town and there is a great selection of restaurants. It's not a huge city but there's still lots to do and it is easy to take trains to other places. I like the size because I don't feel so lost as I would in a larger place.

What are your plans and/or ambitions after you graduate?

After I graduate, I would like to work as a Cyber Security Consultant and I am also thinking about staying in England for another year.

What advice would you give to a student starting their degree at Southampton?

Don't be afraid to reach out for help from peers or staff. Many staff members know there are lots of international students coming from different backgrounds and teaching styles, so they are pleased to help with any questions you have. Join some clubs and meet new friends outside of your programme!

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