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Erika Mantoura BSc Business History 2019

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The business department in particular really makes an effort to vary their teaching methods to ensure the course is as engaging as possible.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

"Southampton stood out for me since it was one of the few Universities allowing me to combine Business and History in my degree.

After visiting, it became clear to me that the University, but the Business School in particular, encourages and welcomes diversity in learning styles. This appealed to me as it made a degree such as Business Management with lots of students feel personal to me, which has been reflected since I arrived."

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton?

"My main concern with going to University was getting a work-life balance. I had taken a gap year since A-levels and even though I had a job for most of that, I'd been travelling immediately before coming to University, This had meant that I'd got out of the habit of studying and I was concerned about either not putting enough work in, or doing too much and missing out socially."

Once at Southampton, how were your fears overcome?

"The staff, in particular my Personal Academic Tutor, made the transition as easy as possible by immediately offering their time and advice. Their guidance on how much time to spend studying per week made reaching the balance much easier. I personally found mapping out my week and planning when to do work also benefited me, as I had a clear idea of how much time I could or couldn't afford to spend socialising."

What is it like studying here?

"Studying at Southampton is different to what I expected. The business department in particular really makes an effort to vary their teaching methods to ensure the course is as engaging as possible. For example, we often have guest speakers coming in and taking lectures, which is great in a business degree as real life experience is just as important as theory."

How do you rate the facilities at the University?

"Overall the facilities are really good. The University has a number of gyms in various locations making at least one easy to access no matter where you're living. Being mainly a one-campus University is also useful as the majority of facilities like the library and computer labs are quite centrally based. I've found this makes it an easier place to study and it's also useful when meeting up with friends."

What have been your Southampton 'highlights' so far?

"The two things that stand out to me as highlights in my first year are quite different:

First, it was racing in the University Rowing Team for the first time. It was a sport that I'd never done before so it was really rewarding to be able to compete and see how far I'd come. Secondly, I was given the opportunity to go to a conference and present with the Business School Co-design Group (a cohort of students and teachers who all design the various business courses together). This was a great chance to appreciate how I'd grown in a more professional environment - so the two experiences together provide a nice balance."

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

"All the business courses have a really broad first year. Whilst this doesn't appeal to everyone, I've really benefited from it as it gives you a better impression of how a business actually runs as you gain an insight into multiple areas such as accounting as well as key trends in markets. This has meant that I understand so much more about a business, therefore making me more employable in the future."

What are you enjoying most about your course?

"I'm enjoying the opportunities to bring in so many views. My degree already combines two subjects which most people don't think of putting together, but the modules that the Business Management degrees offer also provide insight into a Philosophical and Entrepreneurial point of view which is very intellectually stimulating."

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

"Yes, as already mentioned, the Core Business Management modules encompass a wide variety of perspectives. But when choosing 2nd Year modules, you can also study Interdisciplinary Modules - modules taught by various schools within the University, available for anyone to study. This provides a great opportunity to explore previous and new interests which aren't directly related to your degree."

Did you stay in University accommodation?

"Yes, I stayed in Montefiore Halls, the self-catered Wessex Lane complex. Though it's one of the older halls, it has good, central laundry facilities and I never experienced anything bad in terms of security. The main benefit for me with halls accommodation was the bus service though, which you get free access to when in University halls and gets you round all the city easily."

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

"After growing up in Central London, I was keen to go to a University in a good sized city. Southampton gives a great balance. As a medium-sized city, it has lots of different cultures and places in it, but it's still small enough to get around. With this, the nightlife really impressed me too. I didn't expect so many night clubs, all with different experiences which made Freshers and University life in general great!

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