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Student profiles

Some of our current students tell you about their experiences so far. You can also read our graduate profiles and see what our students have gone on to do after their time at Essex.

  • Talia Burr, first-year BA American (US) Studies

    Talia Burr“Essex was the first university I visited where I actually felt comfortable. Everyone was welcoming and the Colchester Campus was idyllic. I like the selection of partner universities for the year abroad, and the interdisciplinary features of the course. Essex has enabled me to tailor my learning to suit my style.

    “I really like the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre; my course is great and the Course Director is very approachable and friendly. We have a broad range of lecturers who each add a different perspective. I feel like there's always someone I can talk to about any topics. We're lucky to have such great minds at our disposal.

    “My favourite module so far has to be Introduction to US Sociology.The lecturer is engaging and fosters great discussion. Furthermore, the module topics are really interesting to me. One of my favourite subjects is race relations, which we've spent a lot of time discussing, and I've been introduced to some great books.

    “Living on campus is really enjoyable. I currently stay in South Courts, and I think it's the best accommodation on campus. My room is quite big, and having an en suite bathroom is a plus. I share my flat with five other students, which has provided plenty of space for me and my friends.

    “Don't be afraid to try something new and get out of your comfort zone! I became a member of five societies which are a great way to meet like-minded people!”

  • Monét Lewin, second-year BA American (US) Studies

    Monét Lewin“The University of Essex is a diverse, accepting and supportive environment, where free thinking is not only advised but praised in order to make students understand they have the ability to do anything they want to. The Interdisciplinary Studies Centre is a fantastic department, which mirrors the value of free thinking promoted by the university and encourages cross-examinations of various academic fields. I have settled in well here due to the support of lecturers and also my year coordinator, Matt Lodder, who never fails to show his belief in my academic ability.

    “My favourite module so far was Navigating the Digital World as it incorporated the aspects of the digital world that we come into contact with every day and encouraged us to learn more about the digital era that we live in and use it to our advantage. I now have a part-time job working as the ISC recruitment and conversion frontrunner, which involves handling the digital marketing for the ISC department in order to recruit new students by working on our social media platforms. Studying digital modules and becoming the recruitment and conversion frontrunner has reinforced my love for digital marketing, blogging and social media and I would like to work in the digital sector in the future.

    “In terms of the social aspect, I used to be part of the Essex Flames cheerleading team. I loved travelling to Nottingham and Birmingham for our cheerleading competitions. The energy in the arenas was amazing; we had the opportunity to perform our routine with a great squad whilst representing our university and I’ve never experienced anything like it! I also went on to be President of the Music Production Society.

    “In my first year I lived in the Meadows, Conway House, and I absolutely loved it. I was able to have a modern, new built flat, with my own bathroom and six other flatmates, making it easy to have friendships in our house. My fondest time is my Fresher’s week in my first year – I had the best time and met the best people.

    “My single top tip for Fresher’s is: don’t spend your entire student loan in the first week or two. Fresher’s is great, but you have to survive for another couple months until student finance comes in again! Have fun, but be smart about it!”

  • Alice Vardy, second-year BA American (US) Studies

    Alice Vardy“I decided to study at Essex because the University has an excellent academic reputation and I liked that it's a campus university. I lived on campus in my first year and the accommodation was brilliant. It was particularly useful living only five minutes away from my lecture and seminar rooms, plus all the student life action.

    “In my first year I really enjoyed studying US literature, as it gave me a substantial grounding in American culture. At the moment I’m finding the American Studies Seminar, which is focused upon New Orleans and New York, to be very interesting. I have also found the Centre to be a friendly environment and the staff are always helpful - they do their best to help new students to settle into a new way of life, which is very important.

    “I am going to study in the United States next year for several months, which I am very much looking forward to. So far, I have definitely found studying at Essex to be of great value, and it has helped me to develop career plans for the future.”

  • Marta Skeltina, second-year BA American (US) Studies with Film

    “I’m from Latvia and always wanted to experience something new. Coming to Essex was an excellent choice because it’s a very sociable university but also has a fantastic academic reputation. Adapting to a new way of life was surprisingly easy because you make lots of new friends and you’re provided with the academic support you need from the Centre.

    “Coming to Essex has definitely helped me to understand what I am really interested in. I have particularly enjoyed the film studies modules but overall everything which I have studied has been interesting. The Centre has also been very helpful and understanding - they always try to find solutions to any problems you might have.”

  • Tom Rawle, second-year BA American (US) Studies

    “Settling in was very easy at Essex, particularly because I stayed in South Towers with 13 other people in my flat. Living at the Colchester Campus is fantastic because you’re in a great location and everyone is very friendly and sociable.

    “Academically I found it challenging during the first term but with the support I received from the Centre, its staff and my fellow students I was able to find my way and settle in well. Studying modules in politics and international relations has been particularly enjoyable. I was doubtful to begin with but I was pleasantly surprised and looked forward to attending every seminar. I believe all the modules I have studied will be useful for a future career, as I have been able to study a broad range of subjects including literature, history, politics and sociology.”

  • Elisabeth Watmough, fourth-year BA Criminology and American (US) Studies

    Elisabeth Watmough“Having always been fascinated by the study of crime and society, and equally interested in the social and cultural make-up of the United States, Essex has allowed me to pursue my interests academically in both fields. The opportunity to study abroad, and experience the American perspective, excited and motivated me throughout my first and second years.

    “The Centre is very efficient at assisting students with queries; there is always somebody on hand to help and staff work hard to support us. The most enjoyable modules I have studied are those that look at crime and its relation to the society we live in. Studying similar modules abroad, along with experiencing American attitudes and views first hand, has added a valuable dimension to my course.

    “I truly appreciate the knowledge and experiences I continue to gain throughout my time here. Living and learning at Essex has enriched my skills and independence in a way that will support me on whichever career path I choose.”

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