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Oliver Spicer BA Spanish and Portuguese

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Hi, I'm Oliver Spicer and I studied BA Spanish and Portuguese within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

… the first year was made all the more easier by the fact that the 'open-door policy' of teacher support was always there when needed. With the facilities and learning resources being as good as they are, it made studying an experience that I very much enjoyed.

When I first heard rumours that there would only be around 7.5 hours of teaching a week, I immediately thought that they couldn't possibly be true. For the equivalent time of a good nights sleep, could I really be studying for a combined honours degree? How wrong was I!

Learning new material on my own was not something that I had ever had to do before, however the first year was made all the more easier by the fact that the 'open-door policy' of teacher support was always there when needed. With the facilities and learning resources being as good as they are, it made studying an experience that I very much enjoyed.

Experiences of the year aboard

I always strive to lay claim that my year abroad was the best ever! The original plan was to travel out to Chile and begin teaching English in a university; however this was just the beginning. Now at the end of my fourth year, I can safely say that the 16 months that I spent in South America were the best months of my life. Not only was I overwhelmed by the satisfaction of witnessing the English language progression of 'my students', the fact that I managed to spend most of my time off the 'gringo trail', allowing me a hands-on experience of native indigenous life, made the experience all the more memorable! It is important to say that Latin America is not suited for everybody, although if you are one of those 'adrenalin junkies' who loves a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, I could not recommend it enough!

Experiences of university life

Studying at Southampton was definitely one of those experiences that I will look back on with a smile. Although those 9 o'clock lectures on a Monday morning did not seem so bad during the summer holidays before I arrived, I can now completely understand why so many had warned me the way they had. For those of you who do not yet know why, you will just have to wait to find out!

Socially speaking, Southampton is brilliant. With such a wide range of bars and clubs appealing to everyone's possible needs, when it comes to say goodbye at the end of your course, you will leave with so many fantastic memories. (Shame so many are blurred!)

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