Hello future Geographers and Environmental scientists!
I’m Shajiyah, I have just finished my first year and I cannot believe how quick the year has gone! I am sure you are all looking forward to the transition from sixth form/college to university. YES…It may seem daunting at first but believe me after a few days or so, you’ll be out and about with friends who would feel like you’ve known for years!
For me it has been one amazing year, making great friends, exploring the new surroundings and studying what I love; BSc GEOGRAPHY! As you may guess I studied the science subjects at A-levels and hence am a Physical geographer! The key aspects of Physical geography I enjoy is climate change, environmental management and natural disasters. What is weird is that I was never a big fan of Human geography- However, over the last year studying a human module I became increasingly passionate about a core part of Human geography, ‘Development’. I believe one of the best thing about studying Geography at QMUL is that you always have the opportunity to do a mix of both human and physical modules. I may be a BSc Geographer but I have undertaken a few human modules so please do quiz me on them!
One of the highlights of my year was visiting Coire an t-Snachda (a glacial feature) in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland as a part of my first year fieldtrip. This trip not only developed my geographical skills but allowed me to make a week of good memories with my peers. For all the Physical geographers/Environmental scientists, you will LOVE this trip!!
Besides my love for studying Geography, I enjoy photography, playing badminton and am a keen traveller- Whether that is a trip to the local museums, galleries or catching a flight abroad! My curiosity for things drives me to explore even the littlest things in our surrounding. During my first year, I joined the travel society and had the opportunity to travel to Malta and Venice. The best part was not only to travel but meet awesome people who also go to the same university. Similarly, if you are someone like me who will commute to university every day then don’t forget to join the commuters society… because you will definitely meet someone else who also takes the same route home as you! Remember, if there is a society you are passionate about then JOIN IN! I can strongly say no matter what society you join or what events you go to, everyone is very friendly and welcoming so don’t be afraid!! (We were all once in the same boat!)
QMUL provides some great opportunities for students in a variety of fields, so if you have a particular interest don’t forget to explore the QM societies, ask friends and lecturers and also don’t be afraid to ask the Springboards team!
I hope you all find the Springboards project useful and do feel free to ask us any questions about settling into university, modules, societies…simply anything!
I look forward to meeting you all in the Welcome week!