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Josie Roberts BA Philosophy

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Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

I chose to study at Southampton because during an Open Day at the University the Philosophy department were really welcoming and enthusiastic. I instantly felt comfortable and able to talk to all the lectures and the sample lecture was really engaging and interesting.

What is it like studying here?

The Philosophy lectures have a contagious enthusiasm for Philosophy and go above and beyond to encourage free thinking and assist your studies. 

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

During 1st year, I was selected by the University to take part in an entrepreneurial weekend at Exeter University with 3-Day-Start-up (3DS). It was an amazing weekend, networking with likeminded individuals and gave me the opportunity to explore and develop my own start-up ideas in a semi-professional environment.

As part of the Fencing Society, I got to travel to compete against other Universities. This included two trips to Paris to compete against student fencers from across Europe. The trips also gave me an opportunity to explore Paris and socialise with the Fencing Society. 

I really enjoyed trying to answer the ‘big questions’. Can we know that the things we experience exist? Do we really know how others feel? What is happiness? I really enjoyed the balance between studying modern theories and the works of influential philosophers such as Kant and Nietzsche. I especially enjoyed trying to apply modern theories and approaches to influential theories.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

Southampton provides a great balance between city living and country life. It’s easy to access shops, cinemas, pubs and clubs but also easy to escape to the countryside, especially the New Forest, and the coast.

Southampton has a wide range of clubs, pubs, restaurants, shops and entertainment facilities. This means that there are a lot of flexible and accessible student jobs close to the University. 


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