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Louisa Healey 2015

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Hi, I'm Louisa Healey and I studied within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

I was attracted to Southampton's music department by the flexibility of the course. Before I started, I wasn’t sure which area I wanted to specialise in. The set-up of the course here lets to choose which way you want to go, but you don’t have to be pigeonholed into a certain discipline straight away.

What made you choose the University of Southampton?

It was mainly the flexibility of the course. Before I started, I wasn’t sure which area I wanted to specialise in. The set-up of the course here lets to choose which way you want to go, but you don’t have to be pigeonholed into a certain discipline straight away. It’s a prestigious place to go, so I was keen to be here.

What made you choose music?

I’ve always been keen on it and I’ve been a musician since I was young. I originally decided to do English but changed my mind later once I realised I could combine my love of Music with English through a course like this, where modules are essay based. The course here is very wide, with a range of modules, and I was keen on everything that was offered here.

Do you have a module which you particularly enjoyed studying?

I really enjoyed the essay based modules. I was interested in English anyway but I felt that the modules gave you a lot of choice. In your second and third years you are able to pick your own essay titles so you could really focus on what you were interested in. The lecturers were really encouraging when you wanted to do something specific. They would support you and help you to find reading. When I first came, I was really attracted to the Musical Therapy module which I really enjoyed but isn’t offered at a lot of other universities.

Is there anything you particularly enjoyed about your time here?

I’ve enjoyed everything to be honest! I was a member of lots of different societies. I was a member of the Symphony Orchestra and Jazzmanics, the choir here. I was Course Rep for Music for the first couple of years and then Academic President. I really enjoyed putting forward the opinions of students and seeing how supportive the lecturers were. They were happy to help us out. I also did the Turner Sims internship. I was a Programme Editor for a year and really enjoyed it. It helped to show me what I was interested in for the future.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

Come and visit and see what it’s like when it’s here. You’ll get a feel for the place. I immediately thought when I came here, ‘this is the place for me.’ I got to meet a lot of lecturers and we went to a lunchtime concert. You get a feel for what life studying Music at Southampton is like on the Open Days. I would definitely encourage them to come to an Open Day.

What are your plans for the future?

I am working at the moment. I have a graduate internship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. I started right after I’d finished here – it was a fast turnover! It’s in Arts Administration, so I’m hoping to go further into that or Arts Management. I think Southampton prepares you really well. All the lectures have different specialisms, so there were people I could talk to about my plans and they helped to guide me.

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