“Originally I chose Essex because it was the closest institution from where I lived that offered a course on Liberal Arts. However as soon as I went to the open day my mind was set that I wanted to be an Essex student. The grounds were beautiful, the course seemed so interesting and everyone I met was so friendly.
“It took me about a term to settle in first year, but ever since I have found that I have been growing as a person so much more than I could have imagined. I found new academic interests that helped decide my future career as well as finding a confidence in myself that I never knew I had. I have made some great friends and I have learnt to look at the world in a new light.
“My department have been fantastic in my three years. Even after I leave Essex I’ll still identify as an ISC student because studying with them has opened up so many paths in my life. The department may be small but it is mighty, we even won the Essex Crown this year. The staff are always friendly and on hand to help, and everyone is recognised as an individual and the staff make time to learn everyone’s names and aspirations, so you really feel like you are a part of something.
“I have enjoyed practically all of the modules I have taken through Liberal Arts as I had the option to study various, exciting disciplines I hadn’t had the chance to experience before.
“My favourite module in first year was The Life the Universe and Everything, where I was taught both biology and physics. Both of which have become very useful in aiding my later interest in science fiction.
“My favourite second year module had to be core module The World in Question. Not only were the classes engaging and the lectures fascinating, but I was taught to look at the world from so many perspectives I learnt a lot about the planet, humanity and myself.
“My favourite module this year has to be Understanding and Writing Science Fiction. Since starting at Essex I have decided that I want to become a science-fiction writer and this class has been so perfect in teaching me everything I need to know to be prepared for that.
“I think my creative writing modules this year will be the most useful to my future career as a writer. However, all of the modules I have taken over the three years have found their own way to be useful at some point already. The interdisciplinary core modules have given me a unique perspective of the world that I draw on a lot within my writing.
“I have been a member of the writing society this year and it has been the most incredible experience. I would urge everyone to join a society if they can because if it is anything like the writing society, I have found a second family in them all. I have also been elected to be media officer and secretary for the society next year which I am especially excited about.
“My fondest memory of my time at Essex is a tie between Summer Ball last year and spending time with the writing society this year. Academically my fondest memory was the science fiction class I had this term where my lecturer spoke to us about what it is really like to be an author and discussed all the ins and outs of the publishing industry.
“My top tip for Freshers would be to enjoy the most out every second of your degree. If you get the opportunity to do something, do it! The time passes so fast, you will miss it all when it is over.”