Undergraduate profiles: Samantha

Why did you decide to apply for your course at Bristol?

Bristol has a great reputation for geographical science. One of my favourite units in geography was glaciology and I was keen to further my studies in this area, upon hearing that their research in the Bristol Glaciology Centre is at the forefront of the field, I knew I wanted to apply here.

What do you like best about your course?

The staff. Before arriving to university I was told that it would be very different from school in the sense that you are just one of many students and the lecturers will teach you for an hour and that would be it.

But in this department you feel a real sense of community and that the staff care about your progress and want you to succeed.

All staff are extremely interested in what they’re teaching you which makes lectures more enjoyable.

What do you think of the University’s academics and facilities?

I think all of the University’s academics and facilities are great. They try to cater for all kinds of interests, through their student and sports union. There are a large number of societies, all different in nature, which you can join as well as many volunteering opportunities which add to your university experience.

What would you say to a prospective student?

In your first year you’ll realise that geography at school is very different to geography at university, but you are likely to find that there are many branches you hadn’t even realised you were interested in. Studying Geographical Sciences at Bristol opens you up to these opportunities.

Starting this year students are now allowed to pick and choose units from all the different branches of geography that the department offers; Environmental, Human and Physical, instead of following only one of these streams.

Samantha, BSc Geography
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