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Gradution 2018

We asked our class of 2018 to reflect on their time in the School of History and on graduation day itsef. Here is what they had to say...

Karen Engelberg, BA History (Hons)

What have you enjoyed most about your time at QMUL?

Mixing with like-minded pupils in a warm and dynamic environment.

How would you describe your time at QMUL in three words?

Stimulating, Exciting, Rewarding.

What would be one piece of advice you would give to someone coming to QMUL in September?

University is a far cry from the school or work environment and QM is conscious of this. It has an abundance of facilities and departments designed to help with your transition. Don’t be shy to request assistance. QMUL will not want you to fail, so use the student services on offer especially the Learning Development Department.

There is so much to be learned, not just within the academic realm, but also socially, so integrate with your fellow pupils as this creates a comfortable environment in which to maximise your potential.

Your final thoughts on graduation day/ceremony.

Probably the proudest day of my life and not only was this accentuated by my family, but equally, QMUL did everything possible to ensure that I felt important and honoured. The process involving gown collection, photography and ticket collection was seamless. The graduation ceremony was a tremendous experience and the post-ceremony reception was fun, unusual and very well organised.


 

Adam Borthwick, BA History (Hons)

What have you enjoyed most about your time at QMUL?

As much as I enjoyed my course, I’ve most enjoyed socialising with the friends I’ve made at Queen Mary.

How would you describe your time at QMUL in three words?

Maturing, enlightening, and fun.

What would be one piece of advice you would give to someone coming to QMUL in September?

My main piece of advice is to be brave, and socialise as much as you can in the first few months of your degree. Having a strong friendship group only enhances your university experience.

Your final thoughts on graduation day/ceremony.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day – the perfect way to wrap up my time at Queen Mary.


 

Ria Searle, BA History (Hons)

What have you enjoyed most about your time at QMUL?

How diverse and varied the different aspects of your life become. You can go from listening to a lecture on a very niche and incredibly interesting aspect of history, which for me was probably the theological ideas of a thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Islamic reformer, to sat somewhere as simple as Mile End Park or Wetherspoons (other pubs are available) having a laugh with friends about topics wholly non-academic. It is so enjoyable to have that work-life balance and compartmentalisation that is often completely unrelated to one another, and yet both shaped and expanded by going to university at QM and in London.

How would you describe your time at QMUL in three words?

Unforgettable, diverse, transformative.

What would be one piece of advice you would give to someone coming to QMUL in September?

Throw yourself into both studying and social activities! You can do both, and, as cliché as it sounds, you’ll find who you are by doing so. Trying something new in terms of modules, essays and readings expanded my intellectual interests and direction to the extent that it actually fully overhauled my academic preconceptions of what I wanted to do at university. I wish I had done the same with social activities as it would have introduced me to many more people alike to myself, which is why I would say try new societies too!

Your final thoughts on graduation day/ceremony.

I was very impressed with how smoothly the day ran and how helpful people were in guiding both guests and us to where they had to be!


 

Max Brook, BA History (Hons)

What have you enjoyed most about your time at QMUL?

My time at Queen Mary has been enjoyable for many and varied different reasons, stretching from the incredible friendships I have made to exploring everything London has to offer. However, what I believe has made my experience here so distinctly enjoyable is my engagement with the School of History. It has allowed me to prosper, enabling me to fulfil both my academic and individual potential. The friendly and welcoming, but equally motivating and challenging, qualities of the school have pushed me in my academia, whilst also ensuring that my university experience has been incredibly rewarding.

How would you describe your time at QMUL in three words?

Engaging, Inspiring, Irreplaceable

What would be one piece of advice you would give to someone coming to QMUL in September?

The piece of advice I would give to a new student is not to be afraid to throw yourself into it. The first few months, and even year, can be a very daunting experience. Yet, if you can overcome any nerves and embrace the new method of teaching and lifestyle, it will stand you in very good stead. This can include everything from preparing your reading for seminars, putting in an extra hour in the library, suggesting a few points in seminars and noting lectures in an efficient way. This is not to suggest that your first year should be fully focused on the academia (it needs to be a healthy balance of work and social!) Rather, this is a suggestion that building healthy academic habits and ensuring that you engage with the material from the earliest point possible will be of great assistance to you in the future, and aid to grow your confidence with university level teaching.

Your final thoughts on graduation day/ceremony.

The ceremony was a wonderful day. It felt distinctly separate from the excitement and trepidation of the results day, which allowed it to be enjoyed as a genuine celebration of everyone’s achievements. There was a tremendous feeling of collectiveness amongst the year group. Whilst the official ceremonial ending of our degrees offered a poignant and reflective moment, a chance to look back over the previous three years in London, and to see just how far we have all come as Queen Mary students and individuals.

Graduation 2019

Full details of Winter Graduation 2018 or Summer Graduation 2019 will be posted on the Graduation Website nearer the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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