Audrey came to London from the USA to study a Master’s in English Literature: Eighteenth Century Enlightenment and Romanticism at Queen Mary University of London. Here are Audrey’s top 5 reasons to study in London at Queen Mary.
1. The birthplace of English
In my opinion, as an English postgraduate studying English literature, there was no better place to pursue my degree than its birthplace.
2. Resources in London
London as an international, student-friendly, highly intellectual city has been the ideal place for me to conduct research for my dissertation by offering seminars and arranging access to archives and material which would have been much more difficult to find in America.
3. Specialist degree options
I chose Queen Mary in particular because they were one of the only universities in London to offer a pathway specifically dedicated to the time period I am researching, and the staff at Queen Mary are eminent scholars in their fields and are dedicated to providing learning experiences outside the classroom as well as during lectures.
4. Student support
After my undergraduate education I decided to take a break from academia and work for a while, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to transition back to a full-time student role — both educationally and monetarily. Luckily, the professors and staff at Queen Mary have been welcoming, encouraging, and willing to talk me through any difficulty I encounter.
5. Student life
One piece of advice for students coming to London: get involved! Join clubs at your university, organise an event for your flat mates or find free events and make some friends. It’s hard sometimes being away from your support system of family and friends, so start building a new network here. Queen Mary has a well-organized Student Union that oversees an impressive number of organizations, and I’ve been grateful for the numerous opportunities to get involved. That’s truly what has made this experience so positive for me – going outside my comfort zone and trying new things, and in the process making great friends!
You can follow Audrey’s experiences of studying and living in London on her blog: https://takeawaytidbits.wordpress.com/
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