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Josette Crispin BSc Education

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Hi, I'm Josette Crispin and I am studying BSc Education.

My course has expanded my horizons in so many ways whether related to my course or not. The lecturers are all so passionate about teaching their fields in education and are always there for pastoral support too.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

I chose to study at Southampton, firstly because I loved the course. It was my favourite Education course that I had looked at and all the lecturers were really welcoming and passionate. I also liked the location of Southampton; it was a familiar area to me but was also a good distance away from home which meant that I could move out and live at uni.

What is it like studying here?

I love studying here at the University of Southampton. My course has expanded my horizons in so many ways whether related to my course or not. The lecturers are all so passionate about teaching their fields in education and are always there for pastoral support too. I love being able to do modules from other courses too, which allows you to be educated in other disciplines. The city is also really nice and there is plenty to do and something for everyone to enjoy and be very social.

How do you rate the study facilities at the University?

I like the study facilities at the University. During my first year I lived in the study facilities at my student halls. I also love the Education School ‘Social Space’ as an area to do my work as you are always surrounded by friendly faces whilst doing your work. One of my lecturers even named it my office for a while, I was there so often! The library is always a great place when you really want to knuckle down into your work too.

Have you undertaken any work placements, collaborations with industry, internships, studying abroad or volunteering? How have these enhanced your experience?

Since the end of my first year, I’ve been lucky enough to be doing a UoS internship. It has helped me develop skills I don’t think I would have gained elsewhere; I’ve been able to interact with the university in a way most undergrads wouldn’t, and I love that it links to my degree getting to interact and work with schools and students. I have been able to collaborate with so many uni departments and been part of some really exciting projects, and I’ve gained such a love for the work I do. Something I have really enjoyed is being able to work with the wider community in Southampton and support them through my internship. I’ve been able to improve my professional development so much through it, to working on a conference and paper submission! It has only enhanced my uni experience for the better, and it has been one of my favourite parts about uni.

What are you most proud of from your time at Southampton so far? (This could be social or academic)

I think what I’m most proud of from my time at Southampton so far is that I’ve pushed myself far out of my comfort zone as much as possible. From making friends during freshers week, getting as involved as possible in a society, to applying for an internship. I’ve tried to make my time at uni as best an experience as possible and you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone to make it the experience you want. I think that is something my lecturers/ internship supervisor would say when they first met me is that I wasn’t the most confident of people in my abilities, but I would hope that over the past two years at uni they have seen a change in that.

What do you think you have gained from your studies that you wouldn’t have developed without them?

I think I’ve firstly gained in confidence in so many ways that I wouldn’t have done without doing my course. I’ve developed skills that will be useful throughout life. Academically I’ve improved skills that I will use throughout my time studying for my degree and later in life. I’ve gained an interest and passion for areas in education I wasn’t ever aware of before my course, but my course has just made me want to research further and further into it. I’ve gained course mates who are all lovely and it’s nice to talk to likeminded people about education and hear their perspectives on topics, that’s always interesting. I’ve been able to carry out critical observation modules in different educational settings, which has been really interesting as you are able to see where the research has been put into practice and has helped me gain skills in those fields.

How have the people you have met at Southampton changed your life?

The lecturers on my course are so passionate about what they do and have broadened my horizons so much into what I can do as a career in education. The friends I’ve made are all incredible individuals and I’m so grateful to have them in my life and experience uni with them. The friends I’ve made through photography society trained me so that I could then get a job working as a photographer. My supervisor for my internship is so lovely and supportive and I’m very grateful to her for giving me all the opportunities for work and professional development she has given me. Because of her, I’ve been involved in some amazing projects that will make a real impact to peoples lives.

Have you undertaken any extracurricular activities? How have they enhanced your experience?

I got very involved in the university’s photography society in first year, which I love. Through that society I was able to develop a passion for nightlife photography and now I have a job taking photos for some of the clubs in Southampton. I was also secretary for the society in second year and am going to be president during my third year. I also made some amazing friends through the society!

What will you do with your degree/research after you have finished your studies?

I am hoping to continue my studies in Education after my undergrad. I’m quite keen to try and do an iPhD in Education at the University of Southampton and continue to explore the areas I’m most passionate about. This wasn’t something I had ever considered before my undergrad but through doing my course, I’ve found a love for research and what to explore the areas I’m most passionate about more.

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