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Stephen Boachie-Mensah BSc Maths and Actuarial Science 2014

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Hi, I'm Stephen Boachie-Mensah and I studied BSc Maths and Actuarial Science within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

It is highly ranked in the university league tables for my degree, which also has the added benefit of getting me exemptions from a number of professional actuarial examinations.

 Q: Why did you choose to study at Southampton?

I chose to study at Southampton because it is primarily a Russell Group institution, which I believe has its advantages down the line. It is highly ranked in the university league tables for my degree, which also has the added benefit of getting me exemptions from a number of professional actuarial examinations.

 Q: Are there lots of opportunities/places to socialise and relax here? (Clubs and societies)

Yes, there are numerous opportunities for extra-curricular and recreational activities. There are clubs and societies suited to everyone's tastes. For instance, being a Maths and Actuarial Science student and an avid football enthusiast, there is SUMS (maths society) and SUAS (actuarial society) and numerous football teams for me to be a part of.

 Q: What is your opinion about the University's efforts to increase the flexibility of degree programmes and introduce more choice for personalised learning?

I think it's a really good initiative. It's very beneficial in the sense that it helps individuals explore their options easier and find and hone their strengths better.

 Q: What is your opinion of support available for students on campus in terms of pastoral support, health services and student safety?

There is a lot of support provided in my opinion. There is an on-campus General Practitioner's to cater to the health of students. Security personnel are deployed at every building to ensure safety. Students are assigned personal tutors to discuss any academic issues and there is the Nightline service to provide support for any issue.

 Q: Does the University help its students get ready for employment?

Yes, the university certainly does more than enough on this front. The numerous career talks, workshops and CV sessions organised by the Careers and Employability Service and external companies are very helpful and help prepare students

 Q: The University helps students find placements and internships to complement their studies. Is this a good thing?

In today's world, where it is increasing competitive to get a job, having work experience is bound to give you a head start in the recruitment process and also helps see how things taught in lectures are applied in the real world, so yes, the university helping on the front is certainly a big plus.

 Q: What are the benefits of living in halls?

Apart from the fact that you are independent and you potentially find friends for life in halls, it is a training ground in the sense that it helps people build communication and teamwork skills

 Q: What are your plans for the future?

I hope to graduate with top honours, gain exemptions from some professional actuarial examinations and do a Masters. I also hope to get on to a graduate actuarial programme after graduation and work on becoming an actuary within the next 5 years.

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