"I chose Surrey because of the modules that were offered, which focused on microbiology from year 1. I’m more than happy with the choice I made!"
I was looking for a university that offered an undergraduate degree in microbiology as it's not available as an option in Germany (my home country). I chose Surrey because of the modules that were offered, which focused on microbiology from year 1. I’m more than happy with the choice I made!
I was very nervous when I first arrived, even though I was looking forward to the lectures. My close family and friends were a significant distance away, which was especially hard for me as a person on the autism spectrum. However, everyone at Surrey was so welcoming and accommodating, I quickly felt reassured and excited to be here.
Since the age of 16, I’ve spent my summer breaks working in the bacteriology department of a clinical diagnostic laboratory, so it made sense to choose to study something I was already passionate about.
On this course, all the modules tie neatly together, which makes them easier to understand. You start focusing on microbiology from year 1, semester 1, alongside modules that explain the scientific foundations you need to know for the course. You also get a lot of lab experience – my favourite so far has been a bacteriology practical that lasted seven weeks.
My favourite academics
All members of staff are very welcoming and helpful. I got along best with Dr Thumser, who I am still in contact with after his retirement. I've also always enjoyed lectures with Dr Sarah Bailey and appreciated support from my personal tutor (and programme lead) Dr Lindsay Broadbent, who took time out of her schedule to help me practise for a presentation I was really nervous about.
I am currently completing an Employability Award and have attended many workshops organised by the careers centre. I found the session on job interviews really useful, as we were able to practise interviewing with each other. Other workshops were often provided online, which was very convenient.
Since coming to Surrey, I feel more confident in myself and my own abilities. I’ve met new friends that I know I’ll stay in touch with after graduation.
When I graduate, I want to apply for a masters degree in microbiology, hopefully with a focus on antimicrobial resistance.
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