Student Profiles

Welcome to our Student Profiles! Lots of current 2nd and 3rd year students have shared their experience of making the transition to UCL. Click on the student's name to read their full profile.

Amy (Biomedical Sciences)

Amy Vincent

Name: Amy

Degree programme: Biomedical Sciences

Year: 2

From: Solihull

What made you choose UCL?

I chose UCL based on its amazing reputation for Biomedical Sciences, and the huge variety of options and choice that the course provides which enables students to specialise in their exact areas of interest. I also loved the atmosphere and the proximity to Central London.

What do you like most about UCL?

UCL provides a wide range of opportunities and there are so many things to get involved in. The lecturers and tutors are also friendly and really want to support you to do well.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

I love the general subject of Medical Science and my course has enabled me to study different areas in detail, taught by internationally recognised professors.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Work hard right from the beginning and remember that everything counts! But also be sure to get involved in societies and make new friends- you won’t be at university forever so make the most of it!

Pavlina (Law)

Name: Pavlina

Degree programme: Law

Year: 2

From: Sofia, Bulgaria

Pavlina

What made you choose UCL?

When I was 17 and looking for universities to apply to, I went and visited Cambridge with a friend because I was considering applying there – although the quality of teaching there is no doubt excellent, it only took me about an hour of walking around to realise that it just wasn’t the place for me. I wanted to live in a lively city atmosphere, so that I could combine my academic degree with interesting volunteering projects and an exciting social life. Obviously, I also wanted to go to a university where I would feel academically and intellectually challenged every day. UCL was a perfect combination of all the aspects I was looking for in my university experience; it’s a great and well-respected institution academically speaking, but it’s also an amazing place to meet new people and have fun! I couldn’t have made a better choice.

What do you like most about UCL?

The things I like most about UCL are the things that made me apply here in the first place – my degree is truly fascinating, the level of teaching is stellar, I am surrounded by highly intelligent and motivated peers, and for a degree as stereotypically demanding as Law, I spend a lot of time going out, exploring London and just generally having fun. I think that UCL understands its students’ need for a balanced lifestyle, and I have not met a single student here who has claimed that their degree workload doesn’t allow them to pursue their other interests. Then again, I haven’t met anyone who has told me their degree is boring and not challenging enough either.

UCL is a great place to study, but it’s also just a great place to facilitate your transition from school and into adulthood; it allows you to grow at your own pace and pursue whatever it is that you’re passionate about.


What do you like most about your degree programme?

I think that what distinguishes UCL’s law degree from others is the emphasis it places on developing practical skills for the workplace – of course we spend hours pouring over ancient case law in the library, and that much is unavoidable; but we also get to do debating, mooting, negotiating and client interviewing competitions hosted by some of the UK’s most prominent law firms and held at the faculty. It’s a fun way to learn, it’s a great way to blow off some steam if you have a competitive edge, and it lets you practice some of the skills you will have to use once you leave university, which I think is very valuable.


What are your main tips for any new starters?

Get involved in as many societies, volunteering projects and other activities as you can – obviously your course is important, and you need to make sure you don’t fall behind on work, but widening your scope of knowledge will not only help you figure out what type of career you may want to have after university; it will also be a chance for you to meet and befriend students from other courses with the same interests as you.

Finally, don’t worry too much! The prospect of university is daunting for everyone, but just remember – if you’ve been accepted to UCL, that means you have all the skills required to succeed here. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and enjoy your time at university. So far, this has been the best year and a half of my life, and I wouldn’t have done anything differently if I’d had to do it all over again.

Bushra (Information Management for Business)

Bushra

Name: Bushra

Degree programme: Information Management for Business

Year: 2

From: Bangladesh

What made you choose UCL?

Other than the fact that it is one of the top 10 universities from around the world, UCL is located at the heart of London. My priorities were academic excellence, the location and campus life and UCL passed in all these fields.

What do you like most about UCL?

Like I said, I love the location of the university. It is very difficult to find such a reputable, big university in London that also have an actual campus and not just buildings. I love the main quad and the structural appeal of the buildings. Other than that, I love how UCL encourages diversity and even though I am an international student, I never feel out of place or uncomfortable. I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures and UCL is the perfect place to do that. My course alone has over 60 nationalities!

What do you like most about your degree programme?

My course, information management for business (IMB) is a relatively new course that is not like other traditional courses. It is a mixture of IT, Business, Economics, Marketing and Accounting. It is very forward thinking and prepares students for the real world and the actual working environment. It was designed to the specifications of what employers are looking for in graduates. Thus, I like how practical and career based it is. The opportunities we get for being IMB students are endless. From having one-on-one booking opportunities with the career service to tailored workshops with employers from huge companies. It teaches us both the technical and soft skills required to excel. Also, we learn about new technological break-through and study simultaneously with the rest of the world about them.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Just don’t be shy or embarrassed to try out new things or ask for help. Everyone around you is willing to help; all you have to do is ask. There are so many great opportunities that it is a shame to let them go to waste. If you just plunge in confidently, you will realise how much more you enjoy your time at UCL. Also try to be open to new cultures, friendships and new experiences. It is what will make your university days memorable.

Colin (Medicine)

Name: Colin

Degree programme: Medicine

Year: 3

From: London

Colin Medicine

What made you choose UCL?

UCL is consistently the #1 medical school in London, and top 5 in the country. As a university as a whole it is top 10 in the country, and once again 4th in the world! So from an academic point of view this is one of the best universities to go to; the undergraduate course is ranked as one of the best, while the postgraduate research is phenomenal. For medicine, there is the added invaluable bonus of being situated in London, with arguably some of the best and famous teaching facilities, including UCH, Whittington Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and countless others. The iBsc programme, with 26 choices, is also unparalleled.

What was more important for me though was UCL’s massive diversity in subjects and societies. It’s a bit of a cliché but I didn’t want to only be around medics and scientists for my entire degree; especially since medicine is so ‘normal’, I really wanted to meet people doing wacky subjects I’d never heard of, and join clubs I’d never thought I could.

What do you like most about UCL?

In many ways the reasons why I chose did, luckily, turn out to be true. After 3 years I can already feel the privilege of being in London. Although there is not a great amount of clinical experience in the first two years already I’ve been in ward rounds in UCH’s A&E and gastro wards, where patients are literally flown in every day from all around the country due to its high quality specialist care. And let’s not forget about the night life! While my friends in other universities go to the union or the odd gig/club night here and there, our scene is absolutely vast. From jazz cafes in Soho and Camden to new underground acts in Shoreditch, cheesy student nights in Leicester Square or the infamous Ministry of Sound and Fabric, our choice on offer is ridiculous. Then there’s the food scene, the music scene, culture scene… I’ve made friends with archaeologists, linguists, engineers, artists, philosophers, historians and all sorts just by being in the same environment. The RUMS (medical union) sports scene is absolutely massive and is integral to the union. Despite having a walk to the bus stop as my greatest sporting achievement in school I was able to join a hockey team and play interuniversity matches in BUCS, an experience I never thought possible. This year I’ve dabbled in drama and comedy and started a radio show with Rare FM, the university radio. You really can do pretty much anything.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

People will argue endlessly between the newer integrated courses such as at KCL, and the more traditional approach at Cambridge and UCL. I think our course structure does work, as an academic background is so important before clinical application. In the few examples of self-directed learning (SDL) I find that this is just a bit disorganised and it’s quite difficult juggling everything. The iBsc programme is simply phenomenal, and everyone can find something they love. I’m doing psychology this year, while my housemates are in paediatrics (the only such iBsc in this country) and physiology. UCL is one of only 4 universities with mandatory iBscs (which I think is a great idea), so in return offer a huge programme. You can also go to other universities and do their iBscs, in case you really can’t find anything.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

A lot of people can find London a little daunting at first. It’s a big city and because we’re not quite a campus uni it’s a little disorientating to start with. But everyone’s in the same boat, and the halls experience in first year is fantastic at helping you find your place. There’s a lot of help on offer, especially the transition mentoring scheme – in your first term you’ll have a mentor working with you and 7-9 others, meeting up weekly and basically just helping you out with whatever problems you have, whether it’s making deadlines or where to top up your oyster card. But first year, as always, is the easiest year, so just have a good time, try out as many societies as you can, even if you never thought you’d be interested – because there’s nothing to lose!

Diana (Russian and History)

Diana

Name: Diana

Degree programme: Russian and History

Year: 2

From: London

What made you choose UCL?

It had everything I wanted in a university, global prestige, amazing location and diverse sets of people.

What do you like most about UCL?

The thing I like most about UCL is the number of opportunities that are available for students, and lots of things to get involved in and also the ability to meet people from all around world.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

There is a big variety of modules you can choose from, especially within the History part of my course, as I am able to choose from modules in SSEES, UCL, but also course from other universities of London.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Join lots of societies and clubs it is great way to meet people and looks great on your CV to have organised interest outside of academia.

Douglas (Mechanical Engineering)

Name: Douglas

Degree programme: Mechanical Engineering

Year: 2

From: Malmö, Sweden

What made you choose UCL?

For me there were many reasons – partly because of UCL’s fantastic reputation but also because UCL seemed to me like the most open, inclusive yet academically rigorous institution out of those I eyed. Also, the breadth of the courses available indicated to me that I would be able to meet tons of people from lots of different departments and with varying interests! Before applying, I also checked out the list of societies and found many which I wanted to join.

What do you like most about UCL?

The students at UCL definitely make the all the difference. The wide range of backgrounds they come from and the courses they study on makes talking and interacting with them incredibly interesting and rewarding. You’re bound to make some very good friends during your time here, simply because you’re surrounded by so many interesting and intelligent people.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

To me, the most interesting part of the programme is the practical work we do. There is something truly fascinating with designing a part in advanced 3D modelling software, sending it off to be 3D printed and then holding the part in your hands. The theory we study is interesting, but it is when we get to apply the theory to something practical that the subject truly comes alive.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Apart from the obvious — join societies, don’t be scared and be nice to others — try, as much as possible, to come here without any preconceived notions about what you’ll experience. I can guarantee you they will be wrong anyway. Try to have an open mind-set towards other people and your own attitudes. The more people you speak to and ask questions, the more you’ll learn about the world and about yourself.

Emily (English)

Emily

Name: Emily

Degree programme: English BA

Year: 2

From: Sussex

What made you choose UCL?

Initially, I applied because the English department had a very good reputation and did well on league tables. When I visited, I liked the relatively relaxed, modern feel of the university. Its proximity to my home helped too.

What do you like most about UCL?

I love walking across the front quad to the library – the view of the portico (especially in the dark) always reminds me I’m very lucky to be studying here. The library is great too!

What do you like most about your degree programme?

My course allows me to select courses from a broad range of periods to focus on over my second and third years, allowing me to study specific movements in literature in their historical and social context. Teaching is excellent too – my lecturers are passionate and knowledgeable, while also being approachable.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Get to know London – sometimes walk instead of taking the tube, and visit as much as you can in your first year. You’re bound to stumble upon something exciting and unexpected! Make the most of Fresher’s Fair too; you’ll be overwhelmed with exciting opportunities (and free stuff).

Eva (Biological Sciences)

Eva

Name: Eva

Degree programme: Biological Sciences

Year: 2

From: Lancashire, UK

What made you choose UCL?

Lots of reasons - the location, I was born in London, I have friends and family here and it’s easy to access from pretty much everywhere which makes visiting easier. It’s also the best city in the world, obviously. Not to mention it’s the best place in the UK to build a network of contacts for your future career. Of course it has excellent academic standing particularly in the sciences, for example they have very interesting and pioneering research in the field of ageing. The chance to be taught by world experts in their subject is, I imagine, a huge attraction of UCL for most applicants. I also liked the structure of the course, the omission of plant sciences and ecology, my two least favourite areas of biology, was ideal for me!

What do you like most about UCL?

The people - both lecturers and fellow students. Coming from a small village in the North, there really wasn’t much diversity. I’ve loved having the chance to meet and work with people from all over the world.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

I have a lot of flexibility and was able to choose to do a wide range of modules. I’ve just started a module called Ethics of Biomedical Research which is a very small class that’s all seminar-based (as opposed to big lectures) and I’m really enjoying it, although the subject matter and teaching style is unfamiliar. However I also enjoy my more hard science based modules such as Genetic Systems and Human Neuroanatomy - it’s nice to be able to cover a range of topics if you want to, although the option to specialise is there too. It’s all about having the choice!

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Don’t worry. Try to stop and look around once in a while - your degree will go by unbelievably quickly, particularly if you make yourself really busy all the time. It’s okay to not know what you want to do - I still have no idea. Just pick modules and join societies that you enjoy and trust that this will eventually qualify you for other things that you will enjoy. Do not worry for a second if the first year isn’t the best year of your life - for some people maybe it is, but for most it’s probably not. That’s not to say I didn’t have a great time in my first year because I absolutely did, but there’s a lot of pressure on first years to constantly be having the time of their lives and that’s not always the case. Hopefully your first year will be good, but that doesn’t mean it’s as good as it gets!

Faiza (Biochemistry)

Faiza

Name: Faiza

Degree programme: Biochemistry

Year: 2

From: East London

What made you choose UCL?

Having the opportunity to attend a University that is situated right in the heart of one of the liveliest cities in the world and holds an impressive reputation for Research alone were enough to convince me to choose UCL. It is the best decision I have ever made. UCL surpasses all my expectations as a place to build a secure future.

What do you like most about UCL?

The fact that UCL is incredibly diverse in its population grips me the most. I have had the opportunity to meet and befriend people from all around the world and learn more about their cultures. For me, that has been the most brilliant experience. Not to mention, there are clubs and societies for almost everything – there is even a Chocolate Society! Now who wouldn’t like that?

What do you like most about your degree programme?

Being taught by individuals that are world renowned for their Research is a very valuable experience and it makes the course much more enjoyable as the Lecturers themselves enjoy what they teach. The entire department is very friendly and approachable and is always willing to tend to the students’ concerns. Students have their own personal tutors that are also a part of the department and are always at hand to offer help and advice. There is much opportunity to attend talks and seminars delivered by Researchers from across the globe. Studying a Science at UCL also means that you not only learn the theory but also get the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a variety of Lab held practicals.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Work hard, play hard!

There’s no simpler way to put it.

Fiona (Physics)

Fiona

Name: Fiona

Degree programme: Physics

Year: 3

From: Warrington, UK

What made you choose UCL?

I wanted a university where I’d get more than just a physics education and meet a huge range of new and interesting people. I really wanted the city centre experience while having a student community and all of that has definitely been true!

What do you like most about UCL?

My flatmate told me to write about the barbeque pork wrap from the UCLU café and that’s a serious contender but in reality it’s probably the opportunities that I’ve had, both academically and outside my degree, and the people I’ve had a chance to meet by being here.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

The physics department has a great mix of cutting edge research along with helpful teaching and ploughing through difficult maths can all seem a bit more worthwhile when your lecturer is able to relate it to recent developments in science. With a physics degree you can sometimes be spending quite a lot of time in the department and it’s been great to have such a really welcoming environment there thanks to other students and staff.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Stay open-minded, try new things and make the most of every opportunity!

Huiyi (Mathematics with Economics)

Name: Huiyi (Lindsey)

Degree programme: Mathematics with Economics

Year: 2

From: China

What made you choose UCL?

Great international reputation

Academic Excellence

Location in London

Diverse opportunities

What do you like most about UCL?

I like the career service of UCL the most. There are a lot of experienced instructors giving support for career development for students. UCL is really a step ahead of other universities in terms of giving excellent career guidance.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

In the first year, the problem classes and tutorials were extremely helpful.The mathematics courses are well categorized and inter-linked which greatly facilitated the understanding of the course materials. Many PHD students also volunteered to give help classes.The economics course involves a lot of mathematics. Formulas and mathematical applications help me to visualize economic theories better.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

1. Joining societies can be a great way to make friends but it's best not to get carried away and join too many!

2. Attend all the problem classes and tutorials if possible. Even if you do not have any problems with the homework, the tutor will normally provide better and easier solutions to the questions.

3. University does not mean self-study. Professors and tutors are all easily approachable. Consult them whenever you are confused with course materials or problem sheets.

Jenna (Pharmacy)

Jenna

Name: Jenna

Degree programme: Pharmacy

Year: 3

From: Northern Ireland

What made you choose UCL?

I wanted to study at a university that is recognized worldwide. I believe that having a degree from UCL will make you stand out from the crowd, not just in the UK but also abroad.

What do you like most about UCL?

There are so many opportunities to get involved- from clubs and societies to charity events. Also, you may not be thinking about it now, but the UCL libraries are amazing for resources and are a great place for studying. And of course UCL is situated in central London, meaning there’s always something fun and exciting happening nearby.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

The staff genuinely care about student opinions. Any concerns or ideas for improvement are always considered, meaning we have a say in shaping our education.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

1) Start revision early! A few extra hours per week doesn’t seem like much at the time, but will definitely leave you feeling much more prepared during the exam period!

2) Use your personal tutors and transitional mentors- don’t be afraid to ask for help, their job is to guide you in the right direction!

3) Get an academic diary- Being organised and planning your time is essential!

Jeremy (Economics)

Name: Jeremy

Degree programme: Economics

Year: 2

From: Hong Kong

What made you choose UCL?

UCL has a good reputation internationally and it is one of the oldest universities in the UK. The campus is located in central London where you can experience the advantages of a big city.

What do you like most about UCL?

I like the main library located under the portico. The range of books collection is huge and I particularly like the architecture of the library and its interior decoration.

What do you like most about your course?

At UCL you get to choose from a diverse range of optional modules and they can take up for at most a quarter of your degree. They do not have to be economics-related and this gives you flexibility. The study of Economics at UCL does not solely use abstract Mathematical models. You will get the chance to study a module called History of Economics Thought which gives you a different perspective to study economics.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

UCL is a great place to meet new people. Do make use of the opportunity to speak to different people with various backgrounds. You will learn a lot from them.

Marina (Linguistics)

Marina

Name: Marina

Degree programme: Linguistics (International Programme)

Year: 4

From: Milton Keynes

What made you choose UCL?

I really wanted to live in London and take advantage of all the cultural attractions on offer, and then I wanted to go to a top university. Since UCL fitted both of these categories, it felt like the natural choice!

What do you like most about UCL?

The university has a really good union with a wealth of opportunities for whatever taste you have - be it performing on the stage, helping out in the local community, or simply just support through your degree. There's also a really good student support network if you're struggling in any way, and of course, the teaching and the facilities are superb.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

The department is fantastic, and serves all of your needs throughout. As for the course itself, it is taught by some wonderful lecturers who you can get on so well with, and often go the extra mile to help you out, be it academic needs or pastoral care. Having elective modules and the chance to go abroad and study whatever you want also provides scope to either learn Linguistics really in-depth, or do something else for a breather, like learn a language.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Keep a budget, and get asking people who already know London for the best cheap places to go, so you don't run out unexpectedly. Get a student Oyster and add the National Rail card discount. Try out all of the societies that interest you, even if you only go once and never again. Get into a good work pattern, and try and read the odd thing not on the course every now and then, so you have something extra to throw into essays. Finally, have fun - you're only a first year once!

Melissa (Natural Sciences)

Name: Melissa

Degree programme: Natural Sciences

Year: 3

From: Manchester

Melissa

What made you choose UCL?

Besides its reputation and the fact that my course was structured to cater to my interests, I really liked the idea of living in London. London is such an amazing place to study as there is always something to do and contrary to what people think not every activity will cost you an arm and a leg!

What do you like most about UCL?

I love how diverse it is. Students come to UCL from around the world so no matter what your background is, you never feel out of place.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

I like the fact that there is a lot of flexibility as to which core streams I can take. I have basically tailor made my own degree to suit my interests. I am probably in one of few places in the world where I can combine Cell and Molecular Biology with Condensed Matter Physics.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

When you get here, although you will be busy with course inductions and fresher's events, make sure you make time to visit the Fresher's Fair and sign up to society which interests you. Once you've signed up, make sure you keep up with it! Not only will you make a lot of new friends outside of your course, it will be great thing to put on your CV later.

Mica (History)

Mica

Name: Mica

Degree programme: History

Year: 2

From: Wolverhampton

What made you choose UCL?

The prospect of attending a university in central London was exciting because it contrasted the usual ‘student bubble’ atmospheres that many other universities have. Also there was an interesting range of courses offered in the UCL History department (in addition to being able to pick modules from other University of London universities) – from ancient history to modern, from Britain to the wider world. The choice on offer was exciting!

What do you like most about UCL?

UCL’s location in central London is hard to beat! Compared to my hometown, there is so much to do in London, it has something for everyone! Being a history student, it is also fun to be able to go and visit ancient artifacts in the British Museum straight after a lecture. Also the architecture of UCL makes it a lovely place to study. Even if I’m on my way to 9am lectures, walking across the beautiful main quad always brightens my day!

What do you like most about your degree programme?

The range of topics on offer and how we are encouraged to be adventurous in what we choose! For example I hadn’t done much ancient history at school but I am currently studying Ancient China! The lecturers are also very friendly and provide helpful feedback on essays. The department is always sending out emails about interesting history events in London or internship opportunities which is also great!

What are your main tips for any new starters?

London may seem like a really daunting place to live at first but you will adapt to its’ pace of life surprisingly quickly! Also walk everywhere as it is the best way to explore London. Be friendly and willing to talk to everybody! Be open to having new experiences and get involved in campus life early on!

Olivia (Geography)

Olivia

Name: Olivia

Degree programme: Geography

Year: 2

From: Leeds

What made you choose UCL?

The main reason I chose UCL aside from its fantastic reputation was the central London location. Coming from the North, moving to London was a complete change. I was also attracted to the wide range of opportunities UCL had to offer, from clubs and societies to career prospects. UCL is a highly diverse place and provides the opportunity to meet new people from around the world.

What do you like most about UCL?

UCL provides so many fantastic opportunities! The central London location is a big plus, as you are right in the centre of everything. At UCL you also get to meet so many new people from different backgrounds and when you first start you have a strong support network of people who are always there to help.

What do you like most about your course?

Geography is a very sociable course and everyone is always willing to help each other - The regular GeogSoc nights are also great fun!

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Try to get involved in as many clubs and societies as you can during your first year. Enjoy university as much as possible and try to work out a balance between work and partying!

Parry (Chemical Engineering)

Parry

Name: Parry

Degree programme: Chemical Engineering

Year: 2

From: Born in Birmingham, grew up internationally, lived in Singapore, China and the UK.

What made you choose UCL?

I loved the fact that UCL is located in one of the world’s most bustling and vibrant cities. UCL also ranked highly on University rankings (4th in the world after I came in) and the diverse mix of students gave me an impression that I would be living and studying in a mini United Nations.

What do you like most about UCL?

Location, location, location. Studying at UCL goes beyond the campus itself. Since so many cultural hot spots are within reach from central London, during spare time, one is able to explore what the city of London has to offer, from Museums to Parks. On the social side, the best part is being able to meet so many interesting people from diverse backgrounds and learn and grow together.

What do you like most about your degree programme?

Discovering how scientific theories can be applied in practice through the many interesting pieces of coursework and assignments that encourage independent learning and critical thinking.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Have a good break before term begins, for one will definitely be studying hard, and playing even harder. Be friendly to everyone and keep an open mind when choosing clubs and societies. Also try to develop your culinary skills and master a few signature recipes, for being a good chef in student halls will definitely make you popular! (And reduce the load on your budget of course)

Robert (Chemistry)

Robert

Name: Robert

Degree programme: Chemistry

Year: 2

From: Northampton

What made you choose UCL?

I’d always wanted to go to uni in London, and 4th in the world didn’t hurt!

What do you like most about UCL?

London offers you the chance to do (pretty much) anything you want – student politics, nightlife, museums, everything! And UCL itself has a really good reputation – both academic and its history.

What do you like most about your course?

Being taught by very talented academics – the core chemistry options are really well taught – and I’m still allowed to take modules outside of my discipline – for example I take modules in Law, and took modules in Management during my first year!

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Always get involved in everything – sport, politics, volunteering. Not only will it be fun, but it’s really useful in helping to build up a big circle of friends!

Rosie (Medicine)

Rosie

Name: Rosie

Degree programme: Medicine

Year: 2

From: London

What made you choose UCL?

UCL seemed like the kind of place where people were interested in their courses and enjoyed the academic side of things, but were also really sociable and had lots of other cool stuff going on.  It also helps that it's right in the middle of London, so there's endless stuff to do.  Plus the hospitals which are part of UCL medical school, where I'll do my clinical years, are all really good and getting the chance to train there is going to be really exciting.

What do you like most about UCL?

The people are really great, and UCL makes it really easy to meet them - aside from freshers being well-organised, and halls being very social, all the clubs and societies are really inclusive and happy to welcome/befriend new members.   

What do you like most about your degree programme?

The teaching staff are enthusiastic about their subjects which makes you more interested.  The timetable is different every week and you do lots of different classes and labs as well as lectures which mixes it up (plus it's not always a 9AM start!).

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Go to the freshers fair, join everything - especially if they give you cake - and try and get involved in lots of different things.  That way you get to meet lots of people, and try stuff you'll probably never get the chance to do again.  And try and do a little bit of work over the year or the Easter holidays are interesting!

Shehnaz (Psychology)

Shehnaz

Name: Shehnaz

Degree programme: Psychology

Year: 2

From: London

What made you choose UCL?

I knew that I wanted to come to UCL before I even knew what subject I wanted to study. Once I opted for Psychology, the decision was easy! UCL has one of the best Psychology courses in the country, if not the world. I love the range of opportunities available for students both during our time at UCL and in the future. The location of UCL is perfect for me as it is a short commute from home.

What do you like most about UCL?

I really like the atmosphere at UCL. It is so easy to make friends and I love that I get to meet new people wherever I go. There are so many events and activities going on at UCL. Whether it’s volunteering, setting up your own business enterprise, dressing up for a ball or going to a film night, there is something for everyone!

What do you like most about your degree programme?

My favourite thing about my Psychology course is that it is so varied. As well as reading and essay writing, we do statistics, experimental design and computer programming. The wide range of skills that we learn will really help to keep my options open in the future. I also like that we have the opportunity to pick modules from outside of the department. Last year I studied a Linguistics module and a Classics module, in addition to my Psychology modules. The lecturers and seminar tutors in our department are friendly and approachable. I have also been lucky enough to work as a research assistant on a school transition study run by researchers and educational psychologists at UCL whilst doing my course.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

My main tip for any new starters is not to worry or stress out about starting university. Thousands of other students will be in exactly the same position as you, so there is nothing to be afraid of. A must for all new students is to go to the Freshers’ Fair. You get to sign up to all of the societies that you are interested in joining and receive a ton of freebies. My personal favourites were the free slice of Dominoes pizza, the Nandos voucher, the bracelet from Buddhist society and the UCLU tote bag. My final tip is make sure you’re prepared... to enjoy university!

Tobias (Human Sciences)

Tobias

Name: Tobias

Degree programme: Human Sciences

Year: 2

From: Thailand

What made you choose UCL?

UCL is one of the few universities in the UK that offers BSc Human Sciences which for me is the perfect degree programme. Plus, I wanted to experience more of the world and explore things outside of Thailand- something UCL and London has to offer. UCL is truly a global university.

What do you like most about UCL?

There is always something going on at UCL, always. Whether it be the food market, societies’ events, concerts, etc. UCL isn’t just a place where you go to lectures or the library and slave away at lecture notes and books. It’s a great community with lots of fun, and that’s what I like most about UCL

What do you like most about your degree programme?

I love the fact that in your 2nd and 3rd year you are essentially able to construct your own learning adventure as you are free to choose almost all of your modules. This interdisciplinary approach allows me to pick and choose subjects I’m most interested in which really makes learning more enjoyable. Plus, my friends rarely have the same interests so it is really interesting to talk to them about the different sorts of things they are learning even though we are on the same course. Going into university I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do after I graduated. However, you start to realize what you would and wouldn’t like do with such an interdisciplinary course, hopefully leading you to finding the perfect career.

What are your main tips for any new starters?

Don’t be afraid to explore UCL and try new things, that is what university is for. Even if it’s just finding out where different toilets are around UCL, there’s always things about the university that will surprise you. Go out and join societies and indulge yourself in the numerous events occurring throughout the campus. Make new friends and basically just follow the number one rule: have fun.


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