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Emma Nelson Population and Geography, 2015

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Hi, I'm Emma Nelson and I studied Population and Geography within Social Sciences: Social Statistics & Demography at the University of Southampton.

The opportunity to visit a lower income country and see how things actually happen was fantastic.

Q: Why did you choose to undertake your studies at the University of Southampton?

I chose to study at Southampton as I was interested in geography and when I came to the open day when I saw Population Geography I thought it sounded amazing and it seemed perfect for everything I was interested in, so it was natural to do this course. A lot of Geography is theory which I like, but then it is the practical application of theory that I really like. The location of Southampton near the sea and the beautiful campus also helped me decide, so it was a mixture of things and when I met the lecturers on the open day they seemed like fantastic people which they are. I get involved with visit days and it’s quite nice to be involved and be on hand to talk to people and share the student side of things.

Q: What sort of modules did you take?

I’ve taken Global Health this semester which is amazing, it’s one of the curriculum innovation modules, which is open to students from lots of different Faculties; Medicine to Geography. That is really good because you get such a breadth of different people’s experiences and bringing that all together.

Q: What sort of fieldwork did you get involved in?

The aim next year is to take us to a lower income economy country. It’s a fantastic opportunity that we will be able to go there and from the practical side see how things actually happen in a different setting completely removed from anything I’ve done before and will help with a broader understanding. I would reccommend to come to Southampton, it’s awesome!

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