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Emily Sherry BSc (Hons) Education

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Hi, I'm Emily Sherry and I studied BSc (Hons) Education within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

I'm staying on at the University of Southampton to complete my primary PCGE here so I'll be a primary school teacher in a year's time!

Q: Why did you choose to study at Southampton?

When I first attended an Open Day, I knew instantly that Southampton was the place for me. The university community was really welcoming and made me feel comfortable straight away. This, paired with the university's prestigious reputation, drew me to the University of Southampton. I love the fact that even though you are in a large city, the university campus is so green and peaceful.

Q: Are there opportunities to get involved in clubs and societies and places to socialise and relax here?

I was really surprised by the amount and range of different activities and societies that there are at the university. There are groups to join ranging from subject, religion, sport and whatever you could possibly want. The bunfight in the first week showed me how easy it is to get involved with all of these different clubs and it felt as if the societies actually took interest in wanting me to join.

Q: What is your opinion of support available for students on campus in terms of pastoral support, health services and student safety?

I feel that student safety is one of the university's top priorities; it really feels like the university cares about each individual. Schemes such as the university health centre and the night time safety bus make a real difference and are a credit to the university.

Q: Does the University help its students get ready for employment?

I have already been made aware of potential opportunities to learn more about employment, even though I am only in my first year of study. I know that there are even optional modules to improve students' employability. In addition, there are regular careers fairs throughout the year available to all students which I feel really help everyone.

Q: The University helps students find placements and internships to complement their studies, is this good thing?

In the current economic climate I think that it is great that the university help individuals to find such placements and internships to relate to their degree subject. Practical experience can only help individuals enrich their degree and improve their chances of future employment.

Q: What are the benefits of living in halls?

Halls are amazing in the first year. It is really good to be surrounded by people who are in the exact same position as you. This is where I have made some of, what I believe to be, lifelong friends. Without living in halls, I think the university experience would have been a lot more daunting and so I think that halls are a great opportunity for first years to take to ensure a positive student experience.

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