Anoushka shares her experiences of a new city and a new degree during 2020.
Anoushka, what were your first impressions of UCL?
A very positive one; the staff I spoke to before coming here, and when I arrived, were really nice and supportive. When I first arrived here, I thought the main building was really beautiful.
What do you enjoy most about the Sociology BSc?
I love the content and everything that we’re taught! I also really like the professors.
“I think the department, as a whole, is pretty great."
From your point of view, what it is like to live and study in London?
I really love living here. It’s an amazing city. It’s also massive, very different to where I’m from (Cape Town). I love exploring the city, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job, but still have a way to go! Of course, moving to any new place, there’s a lot of new stuff that I had to get used to. For example, checking out your own groceries!
What is the biggest challenge you face while studying?
The fact that it is online. It’s definitely difficult to maintain motivation and energy to work when you’ve been doing online learning for a while.
How has it been accessing UCL's academic facilities?
I really love all of the libraries. Especially the IOE library and the Main library. I find it fascinating to look through all the shelves of books. I’ve only used the online resources (via UCL Explore) for my studies, but I’ve taken out a few real books that I’m personally interested in. I spent quite a lot of time studying in the libraries, too.
What do you do when you’re not studying?
I hang out with friends mostly. I also do quite a lot of work with a Marxist group in Camden, going to meetings and fundraising activities. I also play the ukelele.
What do you hope to do after your degree?
I hope to pursue a career in activism and research. I hope to do a Master's after my undergraduate. I have signed up to UCL Careers and get a weekly newsletter from them. I have applied to some of the jobs advertised from this. This is more part-time work, however.