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Annie Rowland BA Philosophy

second year 2016

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Philosophy is great because you can take it in any direction you want, there are so many interesting and thought provoking optional modules that you can explore whilst you’re at the university. As well as this, Philosophy helps with your writing and arguing skills, which I know I will be extremely helpful to me in the future.

What made you choose to come and study at Southampton?

When I visited Southampton on the open day I just felt like I fitted in. The staff and students in the humanities department were friendly and approachable and it made the whole process a lot less daunting! I knew I would feel at home at Southampton.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton and how did Southampton help you settle in and help you belong?

I was mainly anxious about making new friends and living with strangers! However, Southampton offers loads of ways you can get in touch with your course and house mates before you even get to uni. Once you are there, there are also tons of activities and fresher’s events that help you meet new people.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

I stayed in an Ensuite room in Archers Road Halls. This hall was one of the cheaper options but it provided me with everything that I needed in my first year. I also always felt extremely safe there because there was always security on site 24/7. There were loads of fresher’s events that meant you could easily get to know the people you were living with quickly, I became extremely close with my flat. There was a communal kitchen area which is where we spent most of our time. As well as this the halls had its own chat group so I managed to find and get to know some of my course mates that also lived in the accommodation, which made things a lot easy when the first day of lectures came around!

What is it like studying here?

I always manage to find time for work and to enjoy myself, both Avenue and Highfield campus offer quiet, calm spaces to work during the day, where you have access to computers and the huge range of resources at Hartley library on Highfield campus as well as the smaller Avenue library. As well as the added benefit of always having your lecturers and P.A.T’s available at their office hours to talk through any issues you have.

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

Hartley library is great place to study in-between lectures. There are always staff to ask if you’re struggling to find resources, as well as electronic devices to help you find your away around the library. There are both quiet and group study spaces, where you can book a room and organise group revision sessions with your course mates- which is especially useful during exam season.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

Philosophy is great because you can take it in any direction you want, there are so many interesting and thought provoking optional modules that you can explore whilst you’re at the university. As well as this, Philosophy helps with your writing and arguing skills, which I know I will be extremely helpful to me in the future.

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

Although I have not taken any modules outside of my core subject, this is a valuable option for me. What is good about having this option is it means I could study a new language (for example) alongside my degree, which would be very beneficial to me in the future and agreeable to employers.

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

What I find most exciting about Southampton is the amount of volunteering and charity fundraising events that you can get involved in. I will be taking part in a charity mixed netball tournament this year as well as volunteering with the university, which looks great on your CV!

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

I became a student ambassador in my first year. This is a scheme primarily for Humanity students, where you are employed as a student ambassador for open days, you take prospective students on tours/ talk to them about your university experience. This is a great way to earn money, develop important skills and get to know a variety of people from different courses.

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

I am interested in becoming part of the civil service one day, and became aware of this because the university put me in contact with a graduate from the university who had gone into the civil service, he provided me with lots of useful insights which made this option clearer for me. As well as this I want to take part in some of the university’s volunteer abroad schemes before I graduate.

Do you like living in Southampton?

I really enjoy living in Southampton, it is a huge city, which can be daunting at first. But I think the city provides so many opportunities because the university has such a huge range of connections. Southampton offers something for everyone, there is a busy town centre in West Quay, but also huge parks to explore like the Southampton Common and smaller towns such as Portswood. I have never felt unsafe whilst in the Southampton, and the university offers a range of activities and advice that keep you aware of the dangers and how to avoid them, they even offer a self-defence class!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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