Gina Tomsett, BA Geography, Student Ambassador

My time at Birmingham

Gina Tomsett

"I preferred the course to others because it was more flexible and allowed you to do both human and physical geography."

I chose to study at Birmingham because I really liked the idea of being at a campus university where everything is located in one place, and I also liked the fact that it is so green but very close to the city! I also preferred the course to others because it was more flexible and allowed you to do both human and physical geography and not have to choose one or the other.

During my first year, I got to know so many new people from my course and my halls of residence. There were lots of fun events organised for the halls and by KINVIG - the Geography society.

On the course, we got to learn about all different aspects of Geography and I got to expand my knowledge of politics through a Module Outside the Main Discipline (MOMD). I enjoy the fact that I can choose from a wide range of modules from physical to environmental to human geography. We also go on some great fieldtrips which my housemates are all jealous of!

Being on campus is great because everything is in one place! I can go to my lectures, go to the gym, go to the library and go to my society meetings (and occasionally get a pizza from Joe’s Bar) without having to go very far.

The best thing about Birmingham is that there is so much to do! From Cadbury World to the Sea Life Centre to concerts to museums to canals, there is something for everyone to enjoy! The nightlife is also great - there is a place to go every night of the week if you want to and many nights are dedicated to students from across all the different unis in Birmingham.

My future plans

After university, I plan to go travelling and then apply to jobs in the international development sector. So hopefully, in three years' time, I will have travelled the world and be working in my dream job!

About the Student Ambassador Scheme

I decided that I wanted to become a student ambassador as I really valued what I learnt from the ambassadors when I visited the university myself over two years ago! The best way to find out about a university is to talk to us students and I really enjoy answering lots of questions from both students and parents.

Being an ambassador is great because I get to meet loads of different people and help to give people all the information they need to make that important choice about university.

My top tips for prospective Birmingham students

  1. Choose a course that you enjoy - if you are passionate about it then you are much more likely to do well in your degree!
  2. Make the most of university - join societies, sports teams and take part in halls events - you’ll get to know even more people and learn a load of skills that employers will love
  3. Don’t let the thought of debts put you off- you only have to pay your loans back when you start earning enough money