Hello, my little lovelies! Welcome to Queen Mary, and to the School of Geography. I’m Megan, and I’m a third-year BA Human Geography student. I’m a pretty familiar face around campus; I’m a course rep, student ambassador and I work in the little café in the library so if you see me, definitely come and introduce yourself or say hi or ask me any burning questions! All of us Springboards lot are super friendly, and we’re here to make your transition to university as easy as possible.
I’m originally from Brighton, and came to Queen Mary through a kind-of backwards process. I applied to university straight from college in 2014, as most of us do, in a tunnel-vision kind of system. However, I soon realised the course and universities I had applied for just didn’t suit me. So, I pulled the plug on my application and took a ‘gap year’ of sorts, mostly working full time to save some pennies and I did a little bit of travelling. I then came to Queen Mary in 2015, after attending one of the offer-holder’s Festival of Geography (which are, by the way, fantastic and definitely attend if you can). The friendliness of the staff, cosy vibes of an actual campus-university in London and the inspiring culture of the surrounding area really sold me.
I lived in halls during my first year which was a hilariously fun experience and led me to meet some of my favourite people to date. Don’t panic about making friends or fitting in, you’ll find your feet and lots of great people around you. My best advice would be to collect and cherish all the great people you meet, as they will form the foundations of your university experience. Looking forwards, I am pretty unsure what my plans are for when I graduate (as many of us are). However, I want to move to Japan and Canada and immerse myself in as many different cultures as possible. One of the core benefits of a geography degree is that you learn SO much about the world, it really throws your mind open to accepting and experiencing as many different lifestyles, cultures, social structures and traditions as possible.
So, my little loves! Welcome Week is coming up, get excited! Grab your best party pants and be ready for all the cool people and events that are coming your way. I am very excited to meet you all, and pretty please feel free to hit me (or any of us) up with any questions you’ve got. Even if it’s how many saucepans to pack (I brought 5 – don’t do that) or how on EARTH you are going to master the tube, we’ve got your back.
GOOD LUCK, and see you soon!