A lot has happened in ten weeks. Too much to tell and some things, I probably just shouldn’t mention, but so far my university experience has been fantastic. I’m not just saying that to make you want to come to King’s. I have met a bunch of lunatics whom I now call my friends (all Geography students might I add). I have joined the girls’ football team and we are crushing the league tables and probably most importantly for my degree (that’s why we’re here after all), I have learnt to Harvard reference… it’s not as bad as you think. I have handed an essay in past deadline and have survived. Moral of the story, don’t submit an essay at 12.29 when the deadline is 12.30. It won’t work out for you. I have gone on two field trips, one to Heartwood Forest, one to Shoreditch and the compulsory boat trip social. Yes I know…compulsory…social. I’ve learnt about things in human geography that I never thought were part of the subject; post humanism and post humanities just to give one example. I didn’t even know what those words meant at the start of term.
Personally I am more of a physical geographer; tectonics, biodiversity etc, but I have also really enjoyed the human geography lectures, even if they do appear seemingly obscure at first. The linkages that our lecturers make between some of these topics and their relevance to geography is mind blowing… that’s when doing the set reading helps you to understand a topic and it really is worth doing. As for choosing between BSc and BA Geography, it doesn’t matter in your first year. You can change from one to the other in second year if you want.
One thing I would say is to keep an open mind. Geography is about so much more than you could have ever imagined. That’s why I love it so much. I never quite know where a lecture is heading, or what I am going to learn when I walk into one. It’s also incredible to learn about the contributions that some of your lecturers have made to their fields of research. Thus far all of my lecturers have been very enthusiastic and engaging and you know they are good at what they do when they set you published journal articles to read, that they have written!
If you have any questions about the course or university life, please feel free to ask me. If you aren’t thinking of living in halls, I can also give you some advice as I live in private housing that I didn’t find through the university. Good luck with any upcoming coursework and have a fantastic Christmas!
Amy, BSc Geography