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Amy Wiles Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology)

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Hi, I'm Amy Wiles and I studied Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology) within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Studying Anthropology at Southampton really exceeded my expectations in what I thought I could achieve at a higher education level. My achievements at the university have been on both a personal and academic level; I have not only gained a real passion and enthusiasm for anthropology itself, but also gained confidence in my ability to be an independent writer and researcher.

I chose the University of Southampton because it is one of the top ranked universities in the UK and is renowned for its excellence in research. I wanted to study in a city and Southampton allows me to do so without being too far from home. As for studying Anthropology, I wanted to choose a subject that would give me a world perspective and diversify the way I learn. I chose the university's Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology) degree because it allows you to experience a variety of different disciplines as well as your own, I have not only been able to study Anthropology but Sociology, Criminology and Psychology as well.

The most enjoyable thing about studying anthropology is that it allows me to be inquisitive about what it means to be human. Anthropology is a diverse and exciting subject and I have really enjoyed studying human processes and culture in a variety of different contexts. At the university the lecturers are excellent for this subject and are particularly helpful and encouraging.

Studying Anthropology at Southampton also gave me the chance to study subjects that I never thought I would get the chance to do. The freedom and flexibility in my module choices, especially in my second and third years at the university have been amazing. Modules such as Pathological Mechanisms of Disease, Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, and Sustainability in the Local and Global Environment have been extremely enjoyable and are standouts for me in my university career.

I have developed a significant interest in studying anthropologists' experiences of fieldwork, specifically in areas where violence is a common occurrence; I find this to be exceptionally relevant in the contemporary world. Studying Anthropology has really refined my interests in this topic area and being able to take on a project like this is a real achievement for me. 

My plans for the future? I definitely have plans to travel. I would like to see a lot of the world that i have studied during my time at Southampton. Eventually I hope to be working in a job that is both challenging and fulfilling, admittedly my dream is to work for the United Nations. I have always been interested in their human rights, peace and security efforts so an opportunity to work for them would be incredible.


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