I’ve really loved being at Birmingham—I feel like the course I’m studying was tailor-made for my interests and has really allowed me to develop my skills in a wide variety of disciplines. I’ve really thrown myself into the modules at Birmingham and I think that’s how I’ve got so much out of them—I think that if you enjoy what you do and make the effort you’ll have a much more rewarding experience. Some of my modules have been massive highlights for me, particularly the ones allowing me to study visual culture. I’ve even had the opportunity to make my own documentary as an assessment, which took me and my group to MCM Comic-Con last weekend to interview some ‘nerds’ for our film on ‘nerd culture’. On the other hand, I’ve also done more traditional English modules, including one on Romanticism and Victorianism which has been one of my favourites. I think that most of the things that you might be interested in are covered on my course, from Chaucer to Hitchcock, and that makes for a really diverse group of people that you get to know!
Whilst I prefer to work in my house with my cats for moral support, I like to meet up with my friends on campus for group study and a coffee. I also think it’s really useful to have a post-office on site as well for last minute birthday cards.
I also work on campus at the IT Service Desk in the main library, which is a really lovely place to work and also flexible around my university commitments. It’s great to be part of such a big community at the university, where I feel just as at home working as a member of staff as I do studying as a student—I got my job through the university’s employment service, which has loads of job opportunities on campus that are all flexible around your workload. I’ve recently completed a mentoring placement in a local secondary school working with 13-15 year olds through the university’s outreach office, which was a really interesting opportunity and helped me to explore different career options.
I’m a part of a few societies such as GMTG, the musical-theatre society. There are (I think) about 230 societies on campus—there really is something for everyone, from football to Humans vs. Zombies and beyond—and they’re a really great way to get to know new people with similar interests. I’d definitely recommend joining some in your first year as they can really help you to get to know the campus and people in other year groups.