Hi I’m Dom and I’m in my 4th year studying French and Spanish. One of the best things that I’ve found about my course is the wide range of subjects you can study outside of the languages themselves, from the Spanish Caribbean to an in-depth study of French poetry, and as I progressed over the years I’ve been able to specialise in what interests me most. I also really love the way that a language degree means that I’m not just sat with books but can easily put what I’ve learned into practice through speaking to some of the Erasmus students at the university, which is really big!
I spend most of my time on campus, either in the library or the buildings where I have most of my lectures, although with so many study spaces on campus there’s always a space for me to work, whether that’s in a more relaxed environment where I can talk to my friends at the same time, or in a silent zone when I want to really get my head down, or have a deadline.
With such a busy community outside of campus and being just 10 minutes away from the city centre by train there’s always something to do, from live music in Selly Oak or just going to the cinema in town, there’s no excuse for being bored! Campus really has so much to offer, especially at the guild, where I co-present my radio show on the University’s radio station BURNFM, though which I’ve met loads of new people who are all really fun! Although I’m not the sportiest of people I did do some tennis lessons as part of the university’s scheme to try new sports, which was great fun, even if I won’t be winning Wimbledon anytime soon.
I’ve loved my time at Birmingham and feel that I’ve actually really developed as a person and I know that I’m ready for the next step now, especially after using the University’s free careers service who have helped me search for jobs and opened my eyes to other jobs I hadn’t considered before. I couldn’t have asked for more!