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Parul Pujara BA Philosophy2015

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Hi, I'm Parul Pujara and I studied BA Philosophy within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

I chose the University of Southampton because of the reputation of the Philosophy department, and I found that the library was really impressive. It just felt right for me.

What made you choose Southampton?

The reputation of the Philosophy department and I found that the library was really impressive. It just felt right for me.

What made you choose Philosophy?

I did a bit of Philosophy at A-Level. I wasn’t going to be restricted to any kind of career afterwards but it would also give me a good foundation and set of transferable skills.

Did you have any modules that stood out for you?

I really liked Philosophy of Language, which was new last year. It was a bit a risk I took, as no one had done it before us, but I thought the way it was taught was really good. It sparked an interest for later on. I also took a Fiction and Fictionalism module which I enjoyed. They linked really well. I also really enjoyed the dissertation! I’d heard it would be stressful but the lecturers were so supportive. The dissertation was a really good module. It was nice to be independent for a while and to complete my own reading in my own time.

Did you get involved in any clubs or societies?

I was part of the Debating Society. I joined in my first year and was on the committee in my second year. I think first year is the best time to join lots of societies. You have more time and you want to meet other people. It linked with Philosophy and a lot of people in higher years went too, so it was a good chance to meet them. Outside of the society, they would help me out with studies and would organise debates which were to do with philosophy. The Debating Society is about arguing and discussing things, which is what Philosophy is about anyway.

What did you like about living in Southampton?

I really like that it’s a campus uni. We were in Wessex Lane in first year which was a fifteen minute walk from campus. It was easy to walk in or get the bus if I wanted to. Halls life, especially, was amazing! It’s a great place to meet people. Living in a house was a new challenge, but a good one. As long as you’re with the right people, you’ll be fine!


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