Hello and welcome to the Friday Feature! This week we’re taking it academic-chic with a shout-out to the wonders of Winchester University (who, incidentally, have recently offered my very sensational grandmother a PhD placement – go Nana T!)
I was offered a choice of courses to showcase, but I decided to plump for English for one simple reason: it’s what I studied at university. Having a Bachelor of Arts with Honours feels pretty good, I can tell you, and English – whilst often criticised for its non-specific nature in terms of job prospects – is in my opinion one of the best options for your degree. Why, you ask? Well I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t that sure exactly what I wanted to be when I was seventeen and everyone was going UCAS crazy. I knew I liked words. I knew I was good at words. So I plumped for joint honours English Literature and Creative Writing.
Taking English as a joint subject, rather than limiting you, leaves you open to a whole world of careers and pathways after university – because, heads up people, when you throw that cap in the air at the end of your three years, life is only just beginning. I look at my English degree as a foundation upon which to go and build whatever career I choose – marketing, journalism, being an author, another stint in academia – the world is very much my oyster, and I don’t think you can say that if you get too specific too early on.
But, hang on a minute – why Winchester? I’ll tell you why. A truly beautiful campus with a wowing mix of new and old based in an historical city awash with cultural colourfulness! I can tell you: if Winchester had come under my radar when I was researching universities, it would have been a serious contender. They even offer international exchanges to the US, Germany or Poland – chłodny!
So don’t limit yourself and take a look at the English courses on offer with the University of Winchester - and let me know what you think!