Hi! I’m Lauren and I am a second year student studying single honours History. Studying this degree at Birmingham is probably one of the best decisions I have made, simply because of the variety that the course offers. For example, in second year modules are available that cover the early medieval to the contemporary period depending on what your interests are, all taught by experts within each field.
So far, there’s not one thing I can think of that I would say has been negative about my experience. The University campus has a lot to offer in terms of study areas like the library, computer rooms and lounges, but also a sports centre, banks, opticians, hairdressers, restaurants and cafes, which have all proved very useful to have so nearby. The location too is a strong advantage of the University. With its own train station, getting to the town centre, should you need to, is no more than a 10 minute train journey away. The night life is also great, with lots of different venues offering student nights and deals.
Saying this, there is so much to do on campus that you will never struggle looking for something to do. I have got involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities whilst being here, both linked to my course and outside, helping me balance my time and most importantly make the most of my university experience. I would recommend getting involved some of the societies and clubs when you get here at the society’s fair - it’s a renowned way of meeting new people who share your interests.
As you would expect, the History course itself does involve reading outside of contact hours, and it may seem like more than you are used to, but ultimately it means you are in the best position when it comes to writing essays and exams, which is what is most important.
I have took the opportunity to sign up for some different roles in and around campus through the University’s JobZone, and also had a look at potential careers through the Careers Centre, which I would definitely recommend. They provide valuable advice when it comes to applying for internships and placements when you come to that stage.
Crucially, I have found that there is always advice available for you in all areas of university life, which can be priceless should you need any guidance!