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Simon Soares MLang Spanish and Portuguese 2017

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Southampton has allowed me to explore different interests ranging from literature to linguistics on courses taught by incredibly passionate and inspiring members of staff.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?
At the time of applying to university, I remember that in addition to being a Russell Group university, Southampton was also a top university for Modern Languages. The MLang programme offered by Southampton was particularly attractive and unique in comparison to other universities, especially the opportunity to graduate with a Masters after 4 years of study which was extremely appealing.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton?
Understandably I was anxious about moving to a new place and before the visit day I had never visited Southampton nor did I know very much about the city.

I had also been told that the step up between Sixth Form and University was significant and I was unsure what to expect in terms of the work load and the marking system which greatly differs from school.

Upon arriving at Southampton, I was assigned a personal tutor, as is standard protocol throughout the university. He/she is responsible for your wellbeing and any problems you have which I found very reassuring in an unfamiliar environment. There were also many introductory lectures offering much information with regard to my course and expectations which was a great help!

What is it like studying here?
Studying at Southampton has been a great privilege. The university provides an environment in which you are constantly challenged both intellectually and on a personal level. This is enhanced by the close student/staff relationship which goes far beyond the parameters of a lecture theatre. Finally, Southampton has allowed me to explore different interests ranging from literature to linguistics on courses taught by incredibly passionate and inspiring members of staff.
How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The facilities at Southampton are fantastic with many computer suites, study spaces and opportunities to do sport. The libraries are well equipped with ample resources and online journals which facilitate research for all levels of study.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ so far?
My year abroad in Brazil was definitely one of my highlights of my time at Southampton. I was studying at a partner university in Belo Horizonte which was an incredible experience. The chance to integrate and adapt to a new country and society was not without its challenges, however this year provided me with the opportunity to see and experience a different culture and its traditions.

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person?
My time in Southampton has undoubtedly enabled me to mature as a person whilst encouraging me to think independently and originally. It has inspired me to critically analyse my own ideas, refine my presentation skills and given me a clearer sense of what I want to achieve both personally and professionally.

What are you enjoying most about your course?
The atmosphere is what I most value on my course. Students and staff alike are very open-minded and outgoing which has made us a close community. Staff in particular are always approachable and willing to discuss ideas or any concerns you may have.

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?
Due to the rigour of the MLang which is very intense, there is not as much flexibility as the BA Modern Languages course, however this is certainly compensated by the depth in which you are able to study modules. Nevertheless, many of the modules at Southampton are interdisciplinary, drawing on other subject areas/disciplines which allows you to explore your own interests from a variety of perspectives.

Did you stay in University accommodation?
During my first year, I stayed in University halls which I think is the perfect way to settle into university life. I believe that halls provided me with a nice environment with the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. These friendships are in addition to the friends from course. Many of my friends from halls are some of my closest friends even today.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?
Southampton has a great student life and every night there is something different to do and a different place (club/bar) to go to. It is a student city which is very lively during term-time! Outside of term-time and at the weekends, there are several areas which are definitely well worth a visit such as Winchester and the New Forest!

What one word sums up how you feel about your experiences so far at Southampton?


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