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Ria Dunn Mmath Mathematics

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Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

I decided to come to Southampton after my applicant visit day. I could feel that there was lots of support for student and fell in love with the campus.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton?

I was nervous about having to meet new people and there being a new way of learning.

Once at Southampton, how were your fears overcome?

There was so much support in the maths department, they had lots of events on to let you meet your course mates in the first week. I met lots of people in societies too!


It's great to know that the people teaching you are doing current research, and so you’re learning new concepts

What is it like studying here?

I love it here; the staff and students are all so lovely. There are so many different ways to get involved in the union too, so you really feel like part of a community.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The facilities are really great. I use the gym and bouldering wall all the time! The student centre for maths students is lovely, and there are lots of great places to get coffee.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences) so far?

Joining the aerial sports society was one of my best decisions, it’s something that I’m going to keep doing forever. Being elected as the faculty officer for social sciences was really exciting.

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person?

I have become so much more confident, and I am able to immerse myself in the topics that I am interested in within maths. I also have gained a lot of teamwork and leadership skills.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

The staff, it wouldn’t be the same without them!

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?

Yes, we have lots of chances to take different modules, for example I am taking an essay based module this semester to help build up my writing skills.

Did you/do you stay in University accommodation? 

I stayed in halls, and I will be going back for my fourth year. They are well looked after, and it is a lot easier than renting.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

It’s lovely in Southampton, there is loads to do in town, with shops and lots of pubs, but there are also quiet areas too. I feel really safe and at home in Southampton.

What three words sum up how you feel about your experiences so far at Southampton?




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