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Sofia Caperna BA Philosophy and Mathematics

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Hi I am Sofia Caperna studying a BA Philosophy and Mathemaitics.

I chose to come to Southampton because it was one of the few Russell Group Universities that offered my degree. Moreover, when I came to visit the University I was impressed by the friendliness of the people and how big and beautiful the campus is.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton, and once here were these fears overcome?

Before joining the University I was afraid that I would struggle with my studies, given that mathematics can be a challenging subject and philosophy needs a lot of extra work put into. However when I started my studies I found that all the lecturers and tutors were extremely helpful and anytime I struggled with a concept or assignment they were happy to go over it with me as many times as I needed to. Their help and friendliness gave me the necessary confidence to succeed.

What is it like studying here?

I love the fact that UoS is a campus university located in a city. During busy periods I am able to focus and really make the most of what the campus has to offer. Living near the University, I can easily go in if I need a book from the library, or if I need to see a tutor, lecturer or my friends for some help. On the other hand, when there are fewer deadlines and there is a bit more time to relax the city centre is a perfect place to have a fun day out and take your mind off. This helps me to have a great work-life balance.

Around campus I always feel safe, and in general around Southampton I feel like I am always surrounded by students and friends.

How do you rate study facilities at the University, such as the Library?

I really like the Library, both Hartley and Avenue Campus Library. Hartley Library has any book I ever needed to borrow and has great studying spaces. During exam periods I like to go to Avenue Campus Library because it is smaller and usually less busy.  

What other activities have you taken advantage of while at University?

During the two years I have spent at the University I joined many societies and sport clubs. Before coming to University I was really passionate about Ice skating, and through the ice skating club I had the opportunity to continue the sport. I also joined new societies and clubs such as the cybersecurity society, the trading and investment society and the trampoline club. Even though I knew nothing about cybersecurity and trading, and I had never been on a trampoline,  through joining these clubs I learnt new valuable skills.

Additionally, through the Language Opportunity programme I was given the chance to pick up a new language from scratch for free. I decided to take advantage of this opportunity and I am now learning Russian.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I love my course because is so varied and well structured. Even though I am reading two (completely) different subjects, I am always able to apply the skills picked up in one module to the other one. Moreover, the lecturers are all very knowledgeable and passionate about their areas of study and are able to communicate their passion to the students.

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area, and how do you think they are adding to your experience / will affect your future plans?

During first year I had the opportunity to pick a module outside my field of study. I chose to study French. I have always enjoyed learning new languages and even though I did not decide to focus my attention on them I was happy to be given the chance to improve on my French as part of my degree.

What networking, employment and work experience opportunities have you undertaken and how have they enhanced your undergraduate experience?

I went to various career fairs organized by the University. During these, I met many different employers and learnt about a lot of opportunities for internships and graduate schemes. By talking to recruiters and employers I gained a deeper knowledge of specific work lines and this hugely helped me with my internship applications. Moreover I attended some assessment days and interviews workshop offered by the career service. Here we were able to try out some stages of the recruitment process and I was given valuable feedbacks.

Do you have any idea of what you would like to do in the future?

In the future I would like to work for an institution in the field of anti-financial crime or forensic accounting. The university helped me look for internship opportunities to gain valuable work experience in these fields. I believe this will help me achieve my career goals.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

In first year I lived in Mayflower Halls. Living in halls is a great experience because you are always surrounded by your friends and there is never a dull moment. I made a lot of wonderful friendships in halls.


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