London University Guide features winning Royal Holloway student

Posted on 15/06/2012

The Official London University Guide features Rosa O’Rourke from Royal Holloway as student of the month for June, and national winner of the Arts and Humanities Undergraduate of the Year Award.

Rosa beat over 500 students to the top prize and a fantastic summer internship opportunity with Barclays Wealth.

Here are extracts from the interview with Rosa about student life:

Hello Rosa, tell us why chose to study in London

Royal Holloway really appealed to me as it is a part of the University of London and only 40 minutes away from central London, but is still on a beautiful campus surrounded by countryside. In a way it has the best of both worlds as I can easily get into the city, but still enjoy the campus style university life.

What do you enjoy most about studying at Royal Holloway?

The variety of my history course has been one of the best things. I have had the opportunity to study some really unusual and interesting subjects. The campus is also a highlight, especially the fact that I regularly see deer on my morning runs around campus.

And what do you like to do in London when you’re not studying?

I enjoy the great music scene and the chance to see London’s different plays and musicals. It is also great for a history student to be so close to all the museums in London. The Imperial War Museum is one of London’s highlights for me.

Tell us about your work experience in London

This summer I will be interning at Barclays Wealth for 6 weeks, which is going to be an amazing opportunity. I will be shadowing a private banker, having some really valuable training and networking opportunities and even meeting the CEO of Barclays Wealth.

What advice do you have for students considering studying in London?

Make sure you visit any universities you are applying to, as you want to be sure you would enjoy living and studying there for three or more years. Research the courses carefully too. There are so many great and varied places to study in London, it is important to get a sense of which one would suit you best.

Finally, what are your plans for the future?

I am considering either continuing to develop my experience in the financial industry or possibly pursuing a career in academia. I am hoping that my internship with Barclays Wealth will result in some exciting long-term opportunities for me on graduation, but whatever happens I know that the experience will be a great addition for my CV.

On winning the award, Rosa said: “ It has been an incredibly rewarding process which I would recommend to any other students who may consider applying in the future. The rigorous assessment process was invaluable experience for applying for employment after graduation.”

Dr Sarah Ansari, Head of the Department of History, said: “This is a very well-deserved award – Rosa is an excellent advertisement for the quality of students in this department, and we are all extremely proud of her achievement.”


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