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Q&A with Ruth Ogundamisi

Ruth, a Social Science with Data Science BSc student, class of 2022, shares her experiences of studying at IOE and living in London as a student.

Ruth, tell us what were your first impressions of UCL? 

When first entering UCL, it struck me as a university that had a place for everyone. During my first few months I explored what societies and events had to offer. Additionally, the multidisciplinary nature of the course made it possible to move between different departments, where I eventually found my niche. 

What do you enjoy most about your degree programme?

The electives were amongst my favourite courses. governing emerging technologies, philosophy of information, and game theory were very engaging modules. I found that the literature I consume in my free time could be explored in an academic setting. Staff were passionate about their work, going the extra mile to provide literature that extends outside the bounds of the curriculum. These courses allowed a flexible writing style, offering blog post formats and other structures. All the modules offered in BSc Social and Data Sciences were apt and updated to reflect current events and industries.

What is the biggest challenge you face while studying?

The biggest challenge I faced whilst studying was adapting my writing for an academic audience. In my first year, I had not yet found an academic voice. However, through research and feedback from professors, my writing began to flow more naturally by the end of my degree. I also struggled to balance university and personal obligations. Fortunately, staff were extremely supportive and accommodating. The resources and support UCL offer made it possible for me to strike a better balance between the two, preventing me from missing out on a complete university experience.

What do you hope to do after completing your degree and have you used any of the services provided by UCL Careers?

The UCL careers service have been exceptional, going the extra mile to offer tailored advice. Over time, these services helped me to find opportunities that were best suited to me and improved my applications. As a result, my genuine interests were reflected in my next steps. After my degree, I will be undertaking a postgraduate studentship that encompasses a research role. 

When first entering UCL, it struck me as a university that had a place for everyone.

Tell us what it is like to live and study in London...

Studying in London is dynamic. As mentioned before, most niches are reflected here. The metropolitan nature of the city means that you have access to global experiences and perspectives. Weather you prefer nights out and dancing, sleepy chess clubs, or live music, London has it for you. Most importantly, London has a vast number of resources, so if you are looking for a very specific piece of literature, you are likely to find it in the flesh.

Where do you prefer to study?

The student centre and IOE library has several types of study spaces. I prefer studying in the quiet zones, utilising my laptop and a second monitor to organise my work better. However, at times I enjoy studying amongst course mates in the social study areas. UCL also has several private collaborative workspaces, which facilitates group work well.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

UCL's bars host several events including Karaoke, stand-up comedy, live music, and other activities. Karaoke is definitely a great way to unwind from a day of work. The African and Caribbean society also has illuminated my UCL experiences. Games night, ‘backchat’, and the plethora of networking events have made me feel comfortable at UCL.

Have you benefited from any work experience or internships offered by UCL?

Careers Extra and my personal tutor have kept me up to date about opportunities and insight days. This broadened my horizons which culminated in a studentship in social research methods. I look forward to researching inequality and mobility. In addition to this, in the summer I worked as a UCL accommodation ambassador to promote student engagement and wellbeing whilst they transitioned into university life in halls. Here I met new people and felt a part of the UCL community.

Have you used any of UCL’s support or welfare services, and how did they help?

The student psychological services allowed me to persist through my degree even as mitigating circumstances were taking place. There was always a place for me to tend to my wellbeing and create a support network.

Soras and Learning Mentors allowed me to strategize and create a system of working that was adapted around my needs. These services helped me to reach my potential despite the challenges I faced.

Have you lived in UCL accommodation? If so, do you think this benefited you and how?

For me, living in UCL accommodation was the first steps into university life. I met people from around the world and was the halls were fitted with facilities like study spaces and social areas. It was an ideal jumping pad into independent living, and I met interesting people along the way. 

Sum up your time at UCL in three words...

Transformative, empowering and engaging.

Last updated 23 August 2022.