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Divya Dayanandan BA English

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Hi I am Divya Dayanandan studying BA English.

I chose to study at Southampton University because I was captivated by the flexibility of module choices available to undergraduates. As a result of this, I knew that I would be able to reach my potential because I could choose modules that I would enjoy.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences) so far?

My best experiences so far have been making amazing friends, meeting new people, joining societies and achieving high marks in my academic essays.

What other activities have you taken advantage of while at University ?

I was quite apprehensive about joining clubs in case I couldn’t go every single week due to being piled on by essays. However, I joined self-defence classes which are so relaxed and useful at the same time. I did not feel pressured to go every week and was reassured by my mentor on this.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I am enjoying reading wider books and critics to help my understanding of the subject as a whole.

What is it like studying here?

I believe I have a good work and life balance as I make sure that I am to socialise but also focus on my degree. My lecturers are incredibly supportive and always encourage me to go to them if I need any help or advice. They go the extra mile to help my needs.

How do you rate study facilities at the University, such as the Library?

Hartley Library is fantastic in finding resources for my essays. By extending their opening hours enables me to work for longer without feeling any pressures of leaving at a particular time.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton, and once here were these fears overcome?

I was anxious but excited because I had to fend for myself instead of relying on my parents. However, Fresher Events helped me make some lovely friends who were in the same boat as me. It made University less daunting and I learnt new skills like learning how to cook proper meals such as roast dinners instead of eating ready meals all the time.

Have you had any exposure to employer involvement?

I have attended employability lectures which are great ways in understanding what employers want from graduates after leaving University.

What networking, employment and work experience opportunities have you undertaken and how have they enhanced your undergraduate experience?

I have worked at a private nursery called Treasure Montessori. I believe this has given me a good stance in what I would like to do after my degree which is to undertake a PGCE and become a primary school teacher.

Do you have any idea of what you would like to do in the future? Have the opportunities you have taken up while at the University helped you have a clearer idea of what you might like to do?

I aspire to be an inspirational primary school teacher in the future. However, with English being such a broad degree, my option of becoming a lawyer is still within sights as I could do a one year law conversion course if I wanted to.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

I stayed in University Accommodation in my first year. The halls I stayed in were fantastic. I loved making new friends as the proximity of the halls were so close. I really liked the events the Halls committee engaged us in. It made my experience a lot better knowing that I was able to make friends and be surrounded by supportive people.

Do you like living in Southampton?

I like living in Southampton as it is a multicultural and relaxed atmosphere. The wide range of shops are really good for myself who is a shopaholic. There are nice places to eat so I can have lunch or dinner out with friends.

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