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Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science

Jennifer Hoper BSc Population and Geography

2017 Graduate

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I was part of the Geography Society Committee during my final year being the Pop Geog Representative, which I very much enjoyed as I was able to take part in organising events, meeting and interacting with students across several courses.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

Knowing that I wanted to study Geography at university, I was looking for a degree course with a difference and upon finding BSc Population and Geography at Southampton I was immediately interested. The University of Southampton has so much to offer both academically and in the wider university life, and being renowned as a research-led university with countless opportunities I chose Southampton as my firm choice.

What is it like studying here?

Southampton has a very friendly and vibrant atmosphere both on campus and in the wider student community. The course itself is immensely fascinating with a vast choice of modules across numerous departments, making the experience of studying here very diverse and enjoyable. The lecturers are continuously inspiring and truly drive the motivation to learn, with each module offering invaluable knowledge and transferable skills. Southampton also offers countless extra-curricular opportunities to get involved in student life, ranging from sports teams, society committees and social events which make for an extremely exciting student life.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

Throughout the three years of studying BSc Population and Geography, it is difficult to pinpoint what I most enjoyed as I found the whole course very fascinating and topical. However, I particularly enjoyed our second year fieldtrip to Ghana where we had the opportunity to put into practice both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Being able to witness the vital contribution that such research makes to the lives of people across the world inspired me to carry out primary qualitative research for my undergraduate dissertation, giving me both the confidence and experience to undertake such a project.

What have been your Southampton highlights?

I was part of the Geography Society Committee during my final year being the Pop Geog Representative, which I very much enjoyed as I was able to take part in organising events, meeting and interacting with students across several courses. Such events included social evenings, BBQs and winter and summer balls which really heightened my experience at university.  As already mentioned the Ghana fieldtrip was a key highlight of my time at Southampton, as was the experience of performing my own research for my dissertation.

What opportunities has studying at Southampton provided you with?

The opportunities made available to me throughout my time at Southampton have been incredible, and I wish I was able to take them all! The careers department offer extensive advice and information on graduate jobs, career development and internships throughout the year, as well as support for postgraduate application and study. The Employability team regularly inform us of exciting opportunities, one of which was to become a student interviewer for the Times Newspaper Student Survey 2017, which I really enjoyed and found to be valuable in again providing me with transferable skills. A further opportunity that I came across was to teach English as a foreign language in China, which I immediately responded to and I am thrilled to be starting this opportunity following my graduation.

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