Mona Luxion

Questions and answers:

  1. Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
  2. I studied architecture at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA

  3. What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
  4. 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.

  5. What do you think of the course while you were here?
  6. 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.

  7. How did your scholarship enhance your experience of the course?
  8. 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.

  9. What are your plans for when you've completed your programme, for work or further study?
  10. I am now searching for work in the international development sector.

  11. What are the best aspects of studying at Brookes?
  12. The location, my fellow students...

  13. What advice do you have for others thinking of studying in the School of the Built Environment?
  14. 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.

Mona Luxion

Mona studied MA in Development and Emergency Practice with the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) in the School of Architecture

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.