Studying Geography at Swansea
The best thing about studying at Swansea from an academic perspective was that the course had the ability to be tailored towards your individual interests. There was a lot of help from lecturers and my tutor to choose modules which matched my interests rather than being told I had to study a certain topic. The flexibility of the course is definitely something which was a stand-out point for me, even from the initial open days.
One of the main skills I learnt from Swansea University was time management, which was particularly developed through the completion of my dissertation. Keeping to tight deadlines was incredibly important to ensuring a high level of work, but also ensuring that I had time to socialise with friends and do the things I wanted to do.
A further skill which I developed at Swansea University was that of communication. Before university I hated public speaking and was considered by most to be fairly shy, however through my role as a Geography Ambassador, as well as through the numerous occasions where we completed group work, my confidence to communicate to other students and members of staff has grown immensely.
Field Trip Opportunities
Another fantastic thing about studying Geography at Swansea was the choice of different field trips. In my second year I travelled to New York with around 30 ‘course-mates’. I came away from the trip with some of the most amazing memories and friends with whom I still regularly meet up with!
From a non-academic perspective, one of the best things about Swansea University is that there were a fantastic range of opportunities to do activities outside of lectures. At Swansea there are over 80 societies and sports teams, so there really is something for everyone.
Where am I now
I was lucky to fall into a job the week after graduation. I am currently working Ufton Court, a beautiful Tudor Manor House, owned by Englefield Estate. Ufton Court is primarily a children’s charity for disadvantaged children, also lending itself as a beautiful wedding venue, from which the profits also feed back into the charity. My role at the venue is a ‘Wedding, Marketing and Fundraising assistant’.