Mollie Beck, Egyptology
'As an international student from The USA I was drawn to Swansea because in America Egyptology, my passion, is only taught at PhD level. I wanted to explore the topic in-depth as an undergraduate student and Swansea has proven the perfect fit! One of my favourite things about the department is the flexibility of module options. It is so awesome to take modules pertaining to your chosen degree straightaway. In America, general classes (English, Science, Math, etc.) are compulsory so you actually don’t start studying your chosen degree until second year. So far, I have particularly enjoyed the modules Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology, Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and Ancient Egyptian History and Civilization. My first year at Swansea increased my confidence in my work habits and subject knowledge. Not only have my research, writing, and presentation skills improved but I can apply these skills to other areas of my life. The department is friendly, making it easy to make friends and get to know the lecturers, and the staff supportive and helpful. I have attended many departmental social events, such as bowling and laser tag, but my favourite was the second semester study trip to the Bay of Naples in Italy. It was incredible and something I will always remember. It was so fun to visit places that you had studied in class. My decision to study at Swansea has been the best!'