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Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science

Rae Padgham BSc Population and Geography (Year in Employment)

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The trip to South Africa was one of the best experiences I’ve had since joining the University. We had the opportunity to put our research skills to the test by conducting interviews with locals about aspects of their livelihoods.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

The best thing about the course is the variety of topics that are covered, and how relevant they are day to day – you can see them in news headlines nearly every day.

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

I took advantage of the flexibility in optional modules in my first year. I chose to study Sociology modules on wellbeing and human rights. It was really interesting to explore topics from a different perspective and I’m still using the content in my second-year modules.

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

One of my highlights at Southampton so far has been joining the Geography Society netball team. I’ve never been the best at sport but the intramural team meant I could stay active without it being too serious. Also I’ve met so many great friends through playing.

The University helped me to get my internship during the summer before my second year. I spent four weeks at a think-tank in Westminster, which was great as I got to apply the skills I had learnt to a working environment.

What did you do on your field trip to South Africa? What were the highlights? How has this experience benefitted you experience at University?

The trip to South Africa was one of the best experiences I’ve had since joining the University. We had the opportunity to put our research skills to the test by conducting interviews with locals about aspects of their livelihoods. It was definitely a culture shock exploring the townships that surrounded Durban but it was such a valuable experience. We also went on Safari, did a boat ride around the harbour and watched a rugby match in the King Park Stadium.

Did you/do you stay in University accommodation?

I stayed in Glen Eyre Halls. It was really great to be only a short walk from campus. I also really liked the large open green spaces – my flat and I often ate dinner outside in the summer term. It was a great middle ground between home and being completely independent which made settling into university much easier.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

The City of Southampton is a really nice place to live. Even though students tend to live outside of the city centre Southampton is really well connected by public transport. My friends and I often go into town to go to the cinema or go for dinner in West Quay.

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