Student profile
Billie James

Billie James

"My best memory has to be coming back to my accommodation on my birthday after having a morning exam and finding my room filled with 400 balloons. My flatmates handed me a helmet with pins attached and told me that I had to pop them all to find my birthday presents."

Course
Psychology BSc (Hons)
Entry year
2017

"In my first year I stayed in Cathedral Court. It was great to live with people also experiencing their first year of university and gave me the opportunity to meet people from across the country. The best thing about living in University accommodation was its location. Campus has everything you need including a post office, a mini supermarket and a bank. It’s also great to be so close to the town and train station, both only a 15-minute walk away.

I think the social life is great in Surrey, with lots of events to help you meet lots of new people and great nights out to bond and make memories with friends.

In the spring and summer, I mostly spend my time on campus by the lake. It’s one of my favourite spots in Surrey because most of the time it’s busy yet quiet. You never feel like you’re alone, but it’s not too loud either. I also enjoy spending time at Hillside, either as a meeting point with friends or to get lunch in between lectures; it’s in a great location with a nice atmosphere.

During the colder months I spend time in the library completing group projects and working with friends to complete coursework. The facilities are great with different floors for different styles of study, from silent to individual to group study.

My best memory has to be coming back to my accommodation on my birthday after having a morning exam and finding my room filled with 400 balloons. My flatmates handed me a helmet with pins attached and told me that I had to pop them all to find my birthday presents.

"I have met life-long friends here and I have grown so much as an individual, I wouldn’t wish for anything to be different."

I have met life-long friends here and I have grown so much as an individual, I wouldn’t wish for anything to be different.

My course is so versatile and interesting; I can have one lecture on the biological background of brain diseases, and another on the phenomena of dehumanisation. After I have graduated I would like to carry on studying and complete an MSc in Clinical Psychology and then hopefully a Doctorate.

Since I started at Surrey, I believe I’m a lot more patient and mature, being able to see things from a number of different perspectives. Being surrounded by lots of different people has opened my eyes to a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. Living alone and in a university lifestyle was a struggle at first, but it’s made me realise that I am capable of living independently, and living away from home was one of the best things I’ve ever done!

The University of Surrey was not my firm choice and initially it was quite difficult to deal with the fact that I had not met my own expectations. However, looking back, I would not have wanted it any other way."

 

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