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Karriad Shawcross BA Philosophy

PGCE Secondary Religious Education at the University of Exeter

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Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

The energy that the staff gave to the Applicant Day alone was incredible, and I knew that they would continue to give that same energy and support once I was a student at Southampton. I also think that the range of Philosophy that can be studied here is outstanding, and this is what made Southampton my top choice for university.

What is it like studying here?

One of the best parts of studying here is the amazing student-staff community. The Philosophy Department staff are so welcoming and have time for all of their students. As well as this, they are all so engaging and their passion for their subject is infectious.

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

Being on the committee for the Philosophy Society is definitely one of the highlights of my Southampton experience. It has taught me so much, but also helped me meet so many more people and become a part of the wider Southampton community.

The variety of Philosophy that I studied – ranging from Existentialism to Continental Philosophy to Islamic Philosophy to Classical Indian Philosophy, there has always been so much choice and has kept the course engaging and interesting across the three years.

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

I did have the opportunity to do so, but I never took an outside module – there was already so much choice in what we could do in Philosophy 

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

Southampton has been a great place to live; I grew up in a very small seaside town so it is a really great experience to live in a city that doesn’t feel too big or daunting

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