Southampton, a town for study

For those who considering to come to study at the University of Southampton, you might have a lot of doubt about what Southampton is like, where are the shopping centre, where to chill, and what to do. I hope this post would be somewhat helpful to you.

Southampton is a medium sized town with the population of 200k (approx). It is a main port of UK, situated by the south-west. It is 75 miles away from London or about 1.30 hours by train. It has several historical site such as Bargate wall, Titanic memorial (as where Titanic was sailed from), and its harbour.

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Despite the fact that Southampton is situated right by the ocean, do not expect beach. It is more like a giant port of monster cruises and cargo ships. Every year, Southampton has the massive boat show which worth taking a glimpse. The town is a blend of modern to the old town. You can expect the big shopping mall, WestQuay mall, grocery stores, clubs, and parks. You can easily travel Southampton by buses like Unilink or Bluestar. It might not be the most exciting town to be in, but it is a good place for study.

Most population in Southampton are university students who are nice and friendly. You can find most people here are easy to talk to and always willing to help which can be rare in other cities. Though I need to warn you in some occasions you might encounter a minor racist groups of youngsters, especially if you are Asian (but nothing major or serious, you just need to know where you go and be aware of the surrounding environment).

With the location of Southampton, travelling and going to other cities are easy. You can travel to London, Portsmouth, Winchester, Bath, Stonehenge, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, etc. easily by train or coach. These places are good weekend hideaway destinations that let you explore more British culture.

Moreover, I have to address you that Southampton is much cheaper compare to other cities such as London. The living cost here is around 600- 800 pounds per month while London can cost twice or more. So this is a huge plus.

To sum up, I think Southampton is a decent town that let you focus on your study while you can still chill in the park, watch movie, go clubbing, go shopping, or travelling to other places. It has everything that you can get at your convenience and cost a bit cheaper.

Author: @NipawanCh


MSc or Master Degree: Something you must know

It has been a year that I got into something called Master Degree. I studied MSc Digital Marketing at University of Southampton. I just finished my degree so it is pretty fresh in my memory what I have been through this past year. Choosing to coming here and actually being here can be very distinctive to what I imagine. It seems to be everybody’s dream (especially Thai people) to study aboard, and UK is one of the top education destinations. Many people think that studying aboard is a good chance for better career, high social status, and a lot of travelling. Let me tell you this, if you think of studying aboard for these mentioned reasons, maybe you got it wrong.

Studying abroad is hard. It will not be a beautiful experience as you’ve dreamt of. Hence the wide difference in education system and environment, you will need a lot of adjustment and investment. Start of with education system, UK master degree education system is interactive. You need to be critical and active. It is totally different from Bachelor that you sit in the room and listen to the lecturers. For master degree, the class schedule is minimal. If you see that you have a few class, don’t be too excited and dream of a lot of free times. In one course, you might only have 3 classes and you will be expecting to finish assignments, project, coursework. Because of this, you are expected to learn by yourself in your spare time and study before coming into class. The lecturers are there just to guide you but do not expect a lot of teaching. In master degree, you must be critical.

Another factor is grading system. Here in UK, the grading system is tough. Do not expect to get 70% up as easily coz 70% means you must be damn good. 60-50% is a average. Below 50%?….that means you fail. So don’t be panic when you received the mark and it’s quite low, that’s normal. Oh, and do not expect to receive the mark back fast, it takes times, sometimes so long that you forget what the assignment was about.

Apart from the education system that is tough and you need to work really hard on, environment is another crucial factor. You are in different country with different people. Sometimes, you might encounter culture shock of the differences. But this is the time to learn. Be open-minded and make some friends. Expand your horizon. You might learn something new that you cannot learn from elsewhere.

I would say master degree is not something easy but it’s not too hard. Master degree is something you must work for and determine with. Once you get yourself in master degree, you need to adjust and be open to something new. That is how you can be happy with your master degree. Master degree can be a good chance to expand your horizon in knowledge, in culture, in connection, and in future career. Master degree is where you grow to be master of your own, to learn by yourself, to live on your own, and to be responsible. It is your life coach. It is a precious time for you to think and decide what do you want in your life.

Recap about Master Degree:
Learning by yourself
Be determine and work for it
Expand your horizon with different people and different culture
Be open-minded and keep adjusting

It is you who can make your one year of Master degree fantastic or suffering. So decide for yourself.

Ps. This post is a reflective recap of my Master degree experience in UK.

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