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Morayo Alexandra Lasekan BA Philosophy & Mathematics

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Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

I initially chose to study at the University of Southampton because it was one of the few universities that provided the joint course of Philosophy and Maths, with a wide choice of optional modules available within both disciplines.

Another reason was that, in my visits, the atmosphere seemed extremely welcoming. The idea of being able to study on a campus where everything was so close together and interlinked greatly appealed to me.

It’s wonderful studying at Southampton. The lecturers, the Philosophy lecturers in particular, have been extremely helpful throughout my time here; providing me with any specific help I needed, or general guidance. I can confidently say my passion for philosophy has only grown over my time here.

What is it like studying here?

The campus has a wonderful atmosphere, with something always taking place on the red brick or in the student union. Whether it be cultural celebrations or vintage sales, there is never a dull day on campus.

The student community, as a whole, is very lively, with every society I’ve joined being extremely welcoming, ultimately giving me a sense of family that I had never anticipated. There are plenty of opportunities to develop new passions or cultivate pre-existing ones.

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

I have more highlights than I could count in my time here at Southampton.

A few of my most memorable experiences were the times I spent volunteering at ‘Union Films’, the student run cinema. We organised all-nighter movie marathons for the student body, as well as showcasing films almost every day on campus. The rest of the committee members, as well as the student volunteers, would also spend time together after the screenings, competing in ‘Mario Kart tournaments’ and discussing film franchises.

As it was the first society I joined when I arrived at the University of Southampton, it really helped me gain a sense of belonging that stuck with me throughout my entire time at university. It allowed me to develop friendships that I know I will keep for the rest of my life.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed the tutorials most throughout my course. I feel that the smaller learning environment allowed us to delve deeper into the content, and better understand the more difficult concepts that were lightly covered during lectures.

It also enabled us to discuss and debate the views we were learning about, and form our own stances on them. Which I feel improved our essays, since we could justify the arguments we made within our writings.

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

As a joint honours student, I initially thought I would be limited in the options of optional modules. However, I was given the opportunity to study a ‘Political Science’ module in my second year, which I took up.

The course, ‘Political Thinkers’, allowed me to see how philosophers contributed to the school of political thought. It helped me to understand the context in which the philosophers I was learning about, had formed their theories and ideologies. This in turn allowed me to better appreciate their underlying influences, and where their stances derived from.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

Southampton is a wonderful city to live in. The night life is great, there are a range of bars and clubs available to suit whatever music genre is to your liking.

There are plenty of things to do in town, with art museums and concert halls putting on shows throughout the year, and events taking place multiple times throughout the week.

As someone who moved to Southampton from London, I feel the city was a great change of pace. Rural enough to feel comforting, but as there is always plenty to do, it has never felt boring.

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