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Jacob Hando BA Film and History (2022)

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BA Film and History at Southampton offers lots of fascinating module options and the lecturers are inspiring and passionate about their subjects. Getting along well with the university staff makes the content even more enjoyable and the teaching pushes me to do my best.

My favourite module in Film has been Film Noir. This was brilliantly taught with some great screening choices. The topic was something I thought I knew, but the module highlighted many debates and interpretations that changed my perspective on what I had previously assumed.

One of my favourite things about my course is the array of modules, some of which interlock nicely, ensure the course is very dynamic and fresh, filled with lots of topics I already liked and many more I came to love.

I found it extremely easy to make friends here. My first-year accommodation seemed to put fellow ‘gap year’ students together so there was a lot in common. The ‘meet and greets’ for the course also helped me with making new friends, two of whom I have lived with two years. The course does feel like a community.

I played for the Men’s Hockey 3s team in First Year, which was a fun experience for the matches and social culture. In Second Year things were limited due to the pandemic, but I wrote a lot for The Edge, the student-run entertainment magazine. I am now the Film Sub-editor for this magazine and have found this a great stepping-stone for journalistic ambitions.

I would say to new students to throw yourself into as much as you can to start and see what sticks. Finding people with similar interests to you can be done easily at meet and greets and the student welfare is always there to support nervous students.

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