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Andreas Day BA French (Linguistic Studies)

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Hi, I'm Andreas Day and I studied BA French (Linguistic Studies) within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

What I enjoy most about my degree programme is the flexibility and choice on offer. The majority of modules on offer are optional and this freedom of choice means you can study the areas you want to.

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Athens, Greece, but have been brought up in Sheffield since I was two.

What made you decide to study modern languages?

At secondary school I took two sciences and two languages at A level, so my decision on what to take at university was split. However, the breadth of topics covered by the humanities subjects, especially modern languages, greatly appealed to me. Furthermore, living abroad in my third year seemed like a fantastic experience.

Tell us more about the areas that you are now specialising in

I changed my course for this year, after studying French and Spanish for the first year, to French (Linguistic Studies). I enjoyed studying linguistics in my first semester and decided to choose to take all linguistics modules in the second semester, as I found linguistics opened a whole new dimension of learning within modern language study. It is very interesting to study the constituent parts of languages and language acquisition in a scientific manner and you can appreciate and understand the phenomenon of languages as a whole.

Are you enjoying your studies? What do you like most about your degree programme?

I am definitely enjoying my studies. What I enjoy most about my degree programme is the flexibility and choice on offer. The majority of modules on offer are optional and this freedom of choice means you can study the areas you want to within Modern Languages and Linguistics.

What are your plans for your year abroad? How do you think this year will help you in the future?

My current plans for the year abroad are to find work in a Francophone company. I feel that being immersed in a professional environment and interacting with colleagues will require me to use the language in a more formal way and hopefully I will be able to learn and gain confidence in the language. Another aspect my third year that I am looking forward to is living in a foreign country and making new friends and connections, something which I hope to appreciate and use in the future.

Do you get on well with the academic staff?

The academic staff have always been there to offer help and check up on how we are doing. Whenever I had any queries or problems, they have always been very helpful.

What’s the best thing about living and studying in Southampton?

Southampton is a fantastic city for a university. It’s very welcoming and has a lot of things on offer for students, ranging from the fun student nightlife to endless parks where you can while away summer days! It is a big city that doesn’t feel intimidating at all. Coupled with the fact it has some of the best weather in the UK, I’m very pleased to have moved down to Southampton.

What has been your favourite moment so far?

My favourite moment is split between successfully running in the student union elections for the Trustee position and winning the national student TV award for ‘Best Comedy’.

This year I have been heavily involved with SUSUtv, the Students' Union’s very own TV station, and I would say that getting involved with the Union alongside my studies has provided me with many experiences and activities that I previously never thought I would do. I would encourage all new students to get actively involved with the Students’ Union or volunteering in general!

How were the first few weeks at Uni? Was it easy to settle into your studies, make friends etc?

The first few weeks at uni were a lot easier than I thought they would be! Freshers' Week is a fantastic time where everybody is so open with one another, making it very easy to get to know people and settle in with your flat. There was always something happening throughout the week and its carnival atmosphere is something you look forward to for next year. I also found it easy to settle in to the course at uni. The first couple of lectures are introductory, and you always have the option of changing modules if you so wish. The uni also makes sure the transition from school is as smooth as possible, so all lectures and work given were engaging and easy to understand.

What are you planning to do after graduating? What steps have you taken towards achieving this?

I have not yet decided which route I am going to take upon leaving uni, but I feel reassured as a languages degree is thought of as a flexible, respectable degree from which you can follow many career paths. A job which combines languages and media would be my dream!

Do you have any advice for people considering studying modern languages at Southampton?

My advice would be to get to know your coursemates as much as possible in the first year. Since modern languages courses incorporate a year abroad, most of your friends on three-year degree courses would have left by the time you return to Southampton.

Avenue Campus provides a great setting for work, with its very own library, and is a tight-knit community in which you can socialise with fellow Humanities students in the café. I would also advise students to become comfortable with the work in their course, as it is important to build a good foundation for their second year.

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