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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Otto Karhunen MSci Geology

Assistant Quarry Manager at Tarmac

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I’ve always been really interested in earth sciences, and after studying geology A-level I knew it was perfect for me. I was attracted to Southampton because of the good reputation and strong academic record. During my first visit I got a strong sense of excitement and energy buzzing around at NOCS. It's great and very inspiring to study amongst world-renowned scientists. The course has fantastic fieldwork and I’ve got to visit some great locations. These trips really break down barriers between staff and students, making it a lot easier to ask questions etc.

There is a strong sense of energy and excitement buzzing around at NOCS. It is great and very inspiring to study amongst world-renowned scientists.

There’s a really broad range of volunteering opportunities. I’ve done a couple of events promoting bicycle use and recycling, and was also now a STEM Ambassador – a role to encourage science, technology, engineering and maths to children. It’s a lot of fun and you meet some great people.

I found that spending a lot of time at a satellite campus like NOCS is good because it develops a really close-knit community. It’s nice to start recognising faces and after the first year and then it really feels like home. I’m quite happy to make myself comfortable and relax in front of the telly in the student centre when a break from work is required!

I loved living in Southampton because it feels really compact: it has all the advantages of a city (good transport, shopping, nightlife) within a half hours travel. Businesses are really welcoming to students and put on loads of offers and discounts.

I am now an Assistant Quarry Manager at Tarmac.

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