Questions and answers:
- Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
- What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
- What do you think of the course while you were here?
- How did your scholarship enhance your experience of the course?
- What are your plans for when you've completed your programme, for work or further study?
- What are the best aspects of studying at Brookes?
- What advice do you have for others thinking of studying in the School of the Built Environment?
I studied architecture at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA
The reputation and content of the DEP programme, primarily. It's one of very few like it in the world. Also, the annual Human Rights film festival, and the university's status as a Fair Trade campus were very important as signs of an actively engaged programme and a socially-minded university. Finally, the opportunity to discover British culture, and the access to a wealth of cultural and academic resources due to being in Oxford and near London.
The people I met through the programme were fantastic. It was great to have this time, these contacts and these experiences to focus my career and develop my interests. I am absolutely more mature, more confident, and clearer about my career path now than I was a year ago.
It made it financially possible for me to live in halls, close to classes and resources, and allowed me time to be fully involved in my studies without having to find time for a job during term-time.
I am now searching for work in the international development sector.
The location, my fellow students...
I recommend they get to know their tutors early in the year, and go to them for both course-related and career advice. And (for MA/MSc students) start thinking about the dissertation as early as possible. Any connections you can draw between work for other modules and your dissertation topic will put you ahead of the game when it comes to actually working on the dissertation, and launching your career from there.