- Name: Octavia
- Course: Archaeology BA Honours
- Where I'm from: UK
I chose to study at Newcastle primarily due to information about my course; the proposed modules were all things that I wanted to learn about.
When I came to look around for the open day I liked the city itself and how campus is right in the centre, you aren’t separated from the city and everything is on your doorstep.
Studying at Newcastle
I’ve enjoyed discovering how broad archaeology is as a topic and how many other disciplines feed into it; this makes it diverse and ensures that it is always interesting. My favourite modules have definitely been the prehistoric ones. Before university I had never been taught prehistory and have found this the most engaging.
Archaeology at Newcastle also gives you the chance to choose your modules from first year, meaning that you can always study what you’re interested in. As the course is relatively small you’ll be known on first name basis by your lecturers and they are always happy to help both in and out of lectures and seminars.
Archaeology is a course that helps you develop essay skills, presentation skills and promotes teamwork in an environment that is intellectually stimulating. You’ll gain experience in a number of fields, which can only prepare you more for graduation.
There are a plethora of clubs and societies that you can join throughout your time at Newcastle which are all hugely diverse.
I'm a member of the Archaeology Society, which is open to people not studying Archaeology as well as students who are. We all regularly meet up and the society provides guest speakers, trips abroad and at home, nights out and the much-anticipated ArcSoc ball at the end of the year.
Living in Newcastle
In first year I lived in Castle Leazes catered accommodation but I moved to Jesmond for second year and third year. Sorting out accommodation isn’t as difficult as one might imagine, there are plenty of student houses, especially in Jesmond. I’ve enjoyed living in Jesmond as a student and it’s only a short walk or Metro-ride from Uni.
Managing your money
Try your best to work out a weekly allowance and stick to it, especially if you’re not good at saving!
After I graduate I would like to stay in education and complete a Masters. The University has given me advice on what I do need to do to achieve this goal.
The Careers Service is also very supportive here and can give you advice on your CV and interview techniques.