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Elizabeth Gardiner German & Spanish Linguistic Studies, 2017

Translator Project Manager, Parallel Translations

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The course was exactly what I wanted - I really wanted to study linguistics alongside my two languages and Southampton is one of the only universities to offer that.

What made you choose to come to study at Southampton?

The course was exactly what I wanted - I really wanted to study linguistics alongside my two languages and Southampton is one of the only universities to offer that. A lot of others only allow you to do linguistics with one language, not two. There was such a broad range of optional modules within my course that I knew I’d be able to find something I’d enjoy.

What have been your Southampton highlights so far?

Because not everybody within languages studies the same modules, you are always meeting new people in your course through your classes. The trips abroad that the language societies organise are also a great way to make new friends (including in other years) and practise your language skills - my visits to Munich and Barcelona with the university have been real highlights of my time here.

What extra curricular activites have you been involved in? 

I was part of the University’s Water Polo Club, which is a great way to meet new people, improve teamwork and learn a sport that you probably wouldn’t get much opportunity to play elsewhere! I also did a free week-long intensive Italian course one summer that the university runs. It was a great way to learn something new without having to worry about sitting an exam in it!

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I love that even within linguistics there is such a lot of variety. Because there are so many modules to choose from you can tailor the course to your own preferences, and study exactly the way you want to.

What networking, employment and work experience opportunities have you had at the University?

I went to a few career fairs, which are useful for getting idea of the types of employers and positions available. I also worked as a student ambassador for the University, which was a nice complement to my studies. The employability lectures in final year and the careers advice service have also been really useful - I was able to get job interviews thanks to all the helpful information! I also want to learn Italian within the next few years, and the week-long course I did really made me more enthusiastic about that idea.

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