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Sophie Forster BSc Sociology, 2009

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Hi, I'm Sophie Forster and I studied BSc Sociology within Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.

I think one of the big advantages of coming to Southampton is that students are given so much support with their studies.

Q: Why did you choose to study at the University of Southampton?

I was first attracted to the University because it has a good reputation as being highly successful and I had experience of friends who have studied here and loved it.

I think one of the big advantages of coming to Southampton is that students are given so much support with their studies. We have fantastic resources and readily available facilities at our finger tips. We are lucky to have an extensive library and many computer rooms around campus.

Q: Why Sociology?

I chose to study Sociology as I had studied it at GSCE and A level and wanted to continue my studies in this field at a higher level.

Southampton seemed to offer an interesting course which covered areas which I had previous interest in, such as education and inequality. It also gives you the option to take modules from other disciplines which I found appealing.

Q: How did you find the staff?

The Division is full of extremely passionate lecturers, which really encourages you with your own studies. They work really hard to support you through your degree, and are always very approachable if you have a problem.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

I find the course very enjoyable as I find a lot of the modules to be very contemporary and relevant to key issues in society. I hope to use my degree to become a secondary school teacher and am currently considering completing my PGCE qualification at Southampton.

Q: How did you find student life in Southampton?

Student life at Southampton is brilliant. There is always something going on at the campus. With a nightclub, cinema, hairdressers, travel centre, student shop and bar, there is no reason to leave. I feel like I'm part of a community here and students are friendly, always wanting you to become involved with projects and a lot of fancy dress!

Q: Can you tell us about the clubs and societies on offer?

The University also has excellent sports facilities to take advantage of. With hundreds of sports and other societies, for students run by students, there will definitely be something that takes your fancy.

The list is endless and so diverse, including wakeboarding, drama society, football, caving, life-saving, martial arts, the Pimms society and many more. They are for those who are passionate and want to join University teams or for those who just want to meet people and give something new a go.

Q: How did you find the city of Southampton?

The city itself provides good shopping and everything is in walking distance or a short bus journey away. Uni-link is the University's own bus service, which is very reliable and cheap. I will be very sad to have to leave.

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