"There’s an entire world of study at Surrey; from medieval to postmodern literature for English, and analyses of the first ever films created, to modern contemporary films".
CourseEnglish Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons)
I mainly came to Surrey as there were other people from Gibraltar already studying here. They reinforced everything I was looking for; the fact that it is a campus-based university with a beautiful lake and lots of trees in the surrounding area.
The moment I stepped onto Stag Hill campus, I felt welcomed and part of Surrey. The Fresher’s Angels relieved my anxiety of traveling to a completely different place and not feeling part of a community. Thanks to them and my amazing flatmates (one of which made delicious chocolate brownies for everyone), my initial impression of Surrey was that of a welcoming community. I was excited to start university life!
I chose English Literature with Film Studies at Surrey for the module choices. There’s an entire world of study; from medieval to postmodern literature for English, and analyses of the first ever films created to modern contemporary films.
The academic staff and facilities at Surrey are extremely helpful and… human! Before coming to University, I expected all lecturers and seminar leaders to be like robots. After immersing myself in lectures and seminars, I realised that academic staff are passionate about the subject and want you to achieve your best potential.
YOUR LIFE AT SURREY
I have been part of FilmSoc, the LGBT+ Society and YogaSoc. I am currently a signatory and Vice-President for LitSoc, which has reinforced my leadership and management skills and overall confidence. Societies are an integral part of student experience and I’d advise all prospective or current students to join a couple and/or even form part of the committee of a society.
The best thing about life in Surrey is definitely the range of activities you can immerse yourself in. I found myself doing yoga on campus, jogging up the Mount, ice skating at Guildford Spectrum, watching movies the Odeon cinema, and much more. The fact that Surrey is so close to London means you can easily take a train and experience an even grander world.
As somebody who suffers from anxiety, I really feel supported by the University. The Centre for Wellbeing has been my source of support with regards to my wellbeing, as well as Nightline - a listening service for students run by trained student volunteers. My flatmates, though, have been my main source of support. Without them and the loving close community which makes the University of Surrey so amazing, I definitely wouldn’t feel as supported and grounded as I still am today.
My time at Surrey thus far has positively impacted my employability. There are so many things to do whilst studying. I have taken on a number of responsibilities such as being the Course Representative for my degree, a Community Representative for Walnut Tree, a Student Ambassador, and Vice-President of a society. Each of these roles has strengthened my skills such as confidence, leadership, adaptability, management, and teamwork – all unique and necessary skills that employers look out for.
Working as a Student Ambassador, specifically for the marketing team, has inspired me to go into the field of marketing once I graduate. I am yet to decide whether to pursue postgraduate study following my graduation, or whether to immerse myself further in the world of English literature.
My number one advice for prospective students and those currently studying at Surrey is this: get yourself out there. There are so many things you could do during your degree. Don’t be afraid. You will come out confident and proud of the achievements you have gained along the way- trust me!