Sam Tonge - Geography
Degree programme: BA Geography
Year of study: Second
Why did you choose to study at Royal Holloway?
I chose to study at Royal Holloway because of the beautiful campus it offers with the iconic Founder's building and pleasant countryside providing an inspiring location to study for my degree. I also was attracted by the sense of community it offers, being a small university which devotes its time and attention to each individual student.
What do you enjoy most about Geography?
What I love most about Geography is the flexibility and variety of topics you can choose to study. After first year the modules you take are optional so you can focus on Human Geography topics such as cities and geopolitics, Physical Geography such as climate change and sustainability, or a mixture of both! The field trips to Spain and New York in first and second year are great fun and are an opportunity to see what you’re studying in the real world setting as well as being able to meet new people and experience life abroad.
What is your favourite thing about being a student at Royal Holloway?
What I appreciate most is the kind and supportive atmosphere of the department, with staff who are always friendly and approachable when it comes to giving advice on studies or just university life in general. In your first year you are allocated a personal tutor who is there to support you for your entire course from issues of settling into university to career opportunities afterwards.
What is the student life like?
There are lots of events during freshers week and the rest of the year to help get settled in, including different themed nights at the Students' Union as well as more relaxed activities such as cheese and wine nights and puppy therapy! There are great places to eat and drink on campus which provide great opportunities to get to know those you live with and those on your course. The geography department has a very active Geography Society which plans lots of fun events including a boat party and a quiz evening.