l200 - Politics BA

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Meet Temi from the United States of America

About me

Why did you choose to study at Newcastle University?

My grandfather went here and loved it and I really wanted to experience what he did. I also think Newcastle is a great city so it seemed like a good fit.

What do you most enjoy about studying your course? What has been your favourite module?

I most enjoy learning about international relations and how different states interact with one another. My favourite module so far has been Order & Disorder in the 21st Century, which has a pretty self-explanatory name, but I enjoyed learning about historical events and the effects they’ve had on the contemporary world and how they have influenced our views on society today.

What do you think of the teaching quality on your course?

I really like all of the Politics lecturers and seminar leaders that I’ve had so far. I took one Sociology module this term and it made me appreciate the teaching style of the Politics department because it’s better for the way I learn personally.

If you had to recommend your course to a student trying to choose a university what would you say to them?

If you enjoy history but also modern day discussion and current events then Politics here is a good fit for you.

What do you enjoy most about life in Newcastle?

There’s pretty much always something to do here day or night so if you like having options then Newcastle is a good choice.

What do you think about the clubs and societies that you can join? If you have been a member of one, what sort of activities has it involved?

There are a ton of clubs and societies to join which is really nice. I’m a member of a few and there have been different socials and discussion meetings for them through out the year. It’s very relaxed and a good way to meet people who have similar interests as you.

Where do you live? Was it easy to sort out accommodation?

I live in Windsor Terrace and it was pretty simple to choose, I just filled out the accommodation application last summer and read about each one before I made my choice.

Do you have any tips on budgeting, student finance or funding your studies?

Just be sensible. I tend to think of what my mom would say if she saw me buying something and if I think she would approve then it’s alright but also don’t be too stingy and miss out on doing things that you want to. If you kind of just monitor what you buy for the first few months you’ll figure out your budgeting pretty quickly.

What are your career aspirations after you graduate? 

I want to be an International Correspondent for a media source and eventually move into diplomacy, focusing on relations between the US, UK and third world countries mainly in the Middle East and Africa. Studying at Newcastle is giving me the British perspective to add the American one I already have and in general a more worldly outlook on life.