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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Kelly Greener MSci Oceanography, 2019

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Southampton has great opportunities, in regards to degree courses and also societies. Also as one of the best places in the country to study the subject I’m passionate about, with the most up-to-date technology and research, it would have been silly for my future career to choose anywhere else.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

Southampton has great opportunities, in regards to degree courses and also societies. Southampton is also a very multicultural university, with opportunities to meet people all over the globe. Also as one of the best places in the country to study the subject I’m passionate about, with the most up-to-date technology and research, it would have been silly for my future career to choose anywhere else.

What is it like studying at Southampton?

There is such a friendly atmosphere studying here and such a supportive community, making studying here easy as possible. Lectures are always there to give you a helping hand and it’s always really interesting to hear what research they’re working on at the time. There are so many opportunities for career advice both at NOC and Highfield and excellent links with employers and companies. It’s also so easy to travel from one campus to another, with beautiful cycle routes and constant buses.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

Study facilities are brilliant, and I would rate them 10/10. There are so many places to study, both for quiet study and for group work, and you can always get any extra help you might need, in practical sessions or by simply asking your lecturers. There are also so many computers and software you need is almost always on any computer you need to use.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences) so far?

So far, the fieldtrip to Falmouth has been a highlight, getting to know more students and lecturers in the faculty and learning how we get the data we have been analysing for the past 2 years. Also being able to learn on a different campus to other parts of the university with our own gardens and ducks makes the whole learning experience more enjoyable and less stressful, and being surrounded by world-renowned researchers is inspiring

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person?

Personal, my time at Southampton has helped me able to cope with multiple tasks, as well as difficult scenarios, both academically and socially, making me much more confident to make hard decisions. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy my university experience this much, and I didn’t know how it was all going to turn out, but so far it has been beyond my expectations and I’m excited to use everything I have learnt so far to complete my masters.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

So far, the course has made me realise how much I am able to learn and develop ideas and understand concepts I never thought possible. It’s really opened my eyes also to the scope of information and talent Southampton offers in their degree courses, and with mine. Personally I love how as a small degree course we are really close, and all know each other really well, helping each other and providing support when the degree gets stressful, as we’re all in the same boat.

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?

Yes! You can choose 2 modules each year, and there is such a wide variety so you aren’t limited to just your core subject. You can do language modules, archaeology, mathematical modules, you name it you have the opportunity to try it, no matter what your core subject is.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

Southampton is a very safe place to live, with the night buses and endless taxis, you never have to worry when going on a night out as you can always get home. There’s also loads to do, with various social events and also tonnes of places to eat and drink with friends, if you wanted to do sporadically do something, there is always something going on.  

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