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Thomas Coleman BSc Education

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I chose Southampton because I knew that it was one of the top universities in the country and one of the very best in the country for Education


What made you choose Southampton?

I chose Southampton because I knew that it was one of the top universities in the country and one of the very best in the country for Education, which really drew me here. When I visited on an Open Day I had a look around the area and the campus and I loved it.

What did you enjoy about your time at University?

I enjoyed that we were a small class, so you got to know everyone, it was quite intimate, and you were able to build close relationships with the lecturers. There were also a lot of contact hours, the lectures and tutorials were planned really well and they were just really enjoyable. Throughout my time at Southampton I developed a very close yet expansive friendship group, these helped make the whole experience very enjoyable. The whole university despite its size, and especially my course was very close nit, meaning you there was always support and friends around.

Was there any particular area that you focused on?

The area that I was interested in was inclusion, which basically looks at how students with disabilities are included in mainstream education, which I found really interesting.

Were you involved in any extracurricular activities during your time here?

During my three years I played for the University football team and the Law football team. I also founded and ran a live music cooperative with some other students, that held music events around Southampton, and which the University awarded funding towards.

How did your time at Southampton help you to grow as a person and help you get to where you are now?

The university highlighted that I have good presentation skills, buy requesting I speak out for open days and interview for the Southampton website. This built confidence in future interviews and presentations whilst applying for jobs. I have left the university confident that I will excel in life, with knowledge and interest in subjects I had never prior considered.

I am currently working as a Housing Manager for Saxon Weald. My job is very varied, I get to attend court cases, meet people from an array of backgrounds, go out and in the office, have autonomy over my time and every day is unpredictable keeping it exciting and interesting.

What advice would you give to anyone about to begin their degree at Southampton?

Join as many societies as you can and meet as many people as you can. Any opportunities the University offers to develop your skills you should go for, this will be imperative when you graduate to have networked and explored areas that aren’t just within your degree. Use the university facilities to help develop yourself and attain grades that exceed your expectations. Go out and have fun!

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