Welcome to Queen Mary! My name is Hamida (but you can know me as Hamida K since there was another Hamida on the previous Springboards team) and I am a second-year BA Geography student.
When they tell you that the first-year flies by… they aren’t kidding. I started the year feeling a little nervous since I came from a small sixth-form where everyone virtually knew one another, so suddenly going to a university where you saw new faces every day was slightly overwhelming (honestly, I still walk into the lecture theatre and feel as though I see new faces). Having said this, once I realised that most people felt just as nervous, it became easier to speak to others and I now have an AMAZING set of friends who are from all sorts of backgrounds and disciplines (so don’t panic if the first few weeks aren’t as great as you expected… we’ve all been through it and it definitely gets better!).
As for the future? I’m not sure about what kind of career I want to pursue… but I’m 100% set on the idea of travelling. After graduating, I hope to take a gap year to volunteer in another country (perhaps teach in Thailand) because one of the great things about studying geography is that it truly opens your eyes to peoples different life experiences and how you can help bring positive changes.
Overall, this year has genuinely been super fun and relaxing compared to the jam-packed stress that you experience during A-levels. Because you’re in charge of your own time and there isn’t really a teacher chasing you for uncompleted work, you’re able to do things at a pace that best suits you (obviously making sure that you still complete your work, you’re not paying 9k a year for nothing!).
I was told from the beginning to make the most of first-year and so I definitely did my best! This included joining the karate society, going on many lunch outings, going to watch movies, attending society dinners and balls, exploring London and much more… so all I can do now is advise you guys to do the same. The way I see it, these three years should be some of the best years of your life, so step out of you comfort zone, try something new and make the most of it! As students who have already experienced the first and second year, we hope to provide you with information that should (hopefully) make your university experience all the while better, so feel free to contact us if you have any concerns, questions or simply need someone to speak to!
I hope you all have a lovely year!