Liberal Arts courses are fairly new in the UK. When I applied there was a limited number of universities that offered the programme. I received offers from Exeter, Kings College London, Winchester and UEA as well as Kent, which offers a well-rounded approach to Liberal Arts, across different schools. The fact that I received a personal email from Professor Glenn Bowman, the director of the programme, telling me all about the course made such a difference. I felt that someone really cared about the programme and I thought that was brilliant.
It’s much more advanced this year, I’m having to work a lot harder. I am enjoying the huge variety of modules on the programme. This term I am studying Astrophysics, Space Science and Cosmology, Museum Studies, and Decadence in Fin-de-Siècle Europe alongside our Liberal Arts compulsory module: Connections. The range of topics available to study is amazing;
I get to study sciences beside humanities. We have to study a language as part of the programme and I thought it would be useful and interesting to learn Mandarin. I’ve also just been elected as course representative, and I am excited to help make positive changes to the Liberal Arts course, and communicate what is great about it.
It’s very good, if you don’t understand an essay title, for instance, you can make an appointment to see your tutor during their office hours and sit down face-to-face with them and they will explain what is required. My fellow students are also easy to talk to; because there aren’t that many of us we all know each other and we live together as well as study together so we are comfortable talking to each other about anything.
I am really enjoying learning Mandarin because it’s practical and skill-based, which adds variety to the way in which I study. I have also enjoyed the Liberal Arts modules, such as Roots of Transformation, Modes of Reasoning, Understanding the Contemporary, and Connections, because they move between topics quickly and make you look at things from all angles. We have small seminars, which means your voice is heard and the guest speakers are specialists in their topics and some have taught in esteemed universities. It is a fantastic opportunity to be taught by them and ask questions.
I chose to study Mandarin because I wanted to go to China. I am going to study in Hong Kong, where although the main language is Cantonese, I will have daily opportunities to practice my Mandarin. It will be an amazing experience.
There are only 12 of us, which has made us really close. We are a diverse group and it’s fascinating getting to know people from different backgrounds.
I love listening to music – I am a jazz singer and I would like to start a jazz club – but I am focusing on my studies this year, so maybe in my fourth year. I also play rugby for Kent and I love to cook.
The Careers and Employability staff are amazing! They gave me lots of information on the different careers I could choose from after studying Liberal Arts, it was inspiring. I’m really excited about going to China, maybe something will come from that. I’m also considering doing a Master’s because I’m really enjoying my time at Kent.
Be excited. It’s going to be great! You will make some good friends along the way. Join societies and get involved – make sure you enjoy the whole university experience.