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Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science

Claire Cheung BSc Population and Geography

2017 Graduate

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For our field trip we went to Ghana, and we all loved it. As a geography student you learn all about other countries but rarely have the chance to see it first-hand, this was an eye opening opportunity to do so and apply our knowledge for the tasks set on the trip.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

The University of Southampton is a highly-regarded University with a good reputation.

What is it like studying here?

The lecturers are extremely enthusiastic and willing to offer support in any way possible. Southampton as a whole is a very student friendly city, with the town being very safe, having cheap living costs and lots of forms of entertainment in the evenings. The University is also good at providing entertainment, for example the student cinema, stress-less petting days etc.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

The lecturers had so much specialised knowledge to share with us and were clearly experts in the field. The content they taught us was all relevant and up to date information, much of which is applicable and observable in everyday life as evidenced through field trips.

Studying demography in Southampton at particular was extremely beneficial as the course was small, and allowed lecturers to really get to know us, and in this way we were very supported.

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

Every year there is the option to study optional modules outside the course. I utilised this at every opportunity, and this allowed me to broaden my knowledge. For example, I undertook the modules ‘Living and Working on the Web’, ‘Understanding Modern China’ and ‘Business skills for employability’ – these were all fascinating and allowed me to broaden from solely demographic and geographic knowledge.

What have been your Southampton highlights?

As a Population and Geography student you have the opportunity to go on a field trip in your second year of study. For our field trip we went to Ghana, and we all loved it. As a geography student you learn all about other countries but rarely have the chance to see it first-hand, this was an eye opening opportunity to do so and apply our knowledge for the tasks set on the trip.

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

One of the things that you are constantly told to do in your work is to be ‘critical’. After 3 years of mastering this skill, I have realised the importance of critiquing everything in everyday life, for example this is applicable when reading news stories. This skill helps not only in study, but also in life.

Also, many other transferable skills are learnt through the teaching styles. For example, the need for presenting in front of peers helps you to gain confidence (particularly helpful for job interviews), and also other skills such as working in a team and leadership skills.

What opportunities has studying at Southampton provided you with?

The university had many career fairs where companies would come in and you could go and talk to them and meet them. At one of these fairs I was able to meet a company I didn’t know previously, and this turned out to be the company I applied for and will now be working for!

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