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Molly Whyte 2015

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Hi, I'm Molly Whyte and I studied within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

If it’s breadth and depth at the same time that you’re looking for,as well as support, and an intensive but enjoyable university experience, then I would definitely recommend Southampton.

What made you choose to study here?

There are a few reasons. I knew I wanted to go somewhere with flexible modules. I could never decide between English and History at school because I loved them both. Across my time here, I’ve managed to do education modules and been able to study a breadth of modules across English and History. I also loved the campus. It’s a huge university, and a very good one, but you have a close community feel at the same time.

Do you have any favourite modules?

Yes, Women, Writing and Modernity in my second year English course with Laura Davies. It was great! I also enjoyed looking at Holocaust Literature in my third year. I wrote an essay on how the Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust Exhibition could be a transferiential experience for the visitor, using objects and the environment. I found that really interesting. In History, I really enjoyed Christer Petley’s modules on the British Empire, especially my third year Special Subject on Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean.

How do you feel about the teaching at Southampton?

I thought it was really supportive but allowed me to be independent at the same time, which I really appreciated. I’d say that standout lecturers for me were James Jordan, Christer Petley and Laura Davies.

Did you get involved with any clubs or societies?

I was a bit of a keen fresher and looked up Southampton Hub before I arrived. I joined them at the Bunfight and became a Schools Plus tutor in my first year. I went into schools and tutored in English. I was on the committee in my second year and was the president in my third year. It’s actually the charity I’m going to work for next month.

Do you have any highlights from your time here at Southampton?

I’d say probably walks on the Common. It’s a really simple thing but it’s so lovely just to take fifteen minutes out in the fresh air and then get back to the books. I’d also say just the general happy memories of being on campus with my friends and just really enjoying my three years.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

If it’s breadth and depth at the same time that you’re looking for as well as support and an intensive but enjoyable university experience then I would definitely recommend Southampton.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m going to work for Student Hubs in Oxford, which is the national branch of the society I was part of. They try to get students into social action in similar ways to other organisations. I am going to work as part of their communications team, so I am very excited about that! It’s part of a graduate scheme called ‘Worthwhile’ in which graduates are placed in different charities across the UK.

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