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Amy Duxbury BA Philosophy and History 2015

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Hi, I'm Amy Duxbury and I studied BA Philosophy and History within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

I loved the Philosophy department here. When you're studying here, try out modules that are new to you. Don’t be scared to speak out in seminars, and trust yourself – you know more than you think you do!

What made you choose Southampton?

It was the open day. I’d applied to a few different universities. When I came here, everyone was so friendly and the campus was so pretty. Compared to all the other unis I visited, I felt so welcome here. I didn’t feel overwhelmed, I always felt like I fitted right in.

What made you choose your subject?

I did Philosophy and Ethics at A-Level, as well as History. I’d always wanted to do History. As I did Philosophy at A-Level, I realised how the two fitted together. I thought that doing Joint Honours leaves your choices a bit more open. As the subjects complement each other well, I thought it was a safe move.

Are there any modules which stood out for you?

In terms of Philosophy, I really enjoyed Fiction and Fictionalism which was about fictional characters. It was quite different to my other modules, so that really stood out for me.

What do you think of the teaching at Southampton?

It’s really good. The lecturers I’ve had have been really friendly. I’ve often emailed them if I have a question and they invite you to come and talk with them almost straight away! The lecturers each have different styles but the teaching is really good. It’s a small faculty and everyone knows each other well.

Were you part of any clubs or societies?

I was part of SuSingers, which was quite a laidback choir. I was also involved with the History and Philosophy societies.

Do you have any advice for those considering Philosophy at Southampton?

Do it! I loved the Philosophy department here. Try out modules that are new to you. Don’t be scared to speak out, as you can’t really be wrong in Philosophy. Trust yourself – you know more than you think you do!

What are your plans for the future?

I’m going travelling soon, which I am hoping to use as time to job search too. I am looking to go into HR. As the degree is so open, you don’t have to go down one set avenue.

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