Enoch Odubade is in the second year of his Media Studies degree.
Why did you choose Kent?
I came to Kent via Clearing so didn’t know a lot about it, but I instantly fell in love with the campus; it’s so green. I lived in Eliot College in my first year, it’s very central I could wake up and in five minutes be in my lecture. It’s good to be in the centre of things, you feel part of everything.
Why Media Studies?
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to study just one area. Media Studies allows you to select modules in other areas. Also, we don’t just look at media in its practical form, we analyse media, for example looking at how social media can influence political campaigns; it’s really interesting. The ability to mix and match and, to some extent, to create my own course really appealed to me. You start to discover what you’re good at, what you enjoy and what you don’t, which gives you a better idea of the path to take when you graduate.
Have you had a favourite module so far?
I’m currently studying a module about social media and participatory culture, looking at how, in the digital age, we are no longer just consumers of media, we are also content creators. This wasn’t the case, say 20 years ago, when only those in positions of power or with the right training could produce content. We are discussing what impact this wider access has on society as a whole.
Tell us about your lecturers.
My academic adviser is great, if I have any trouble with my essays, I just go and talk to her. She actually works in the media industry as well so has lots of contacts and is advising me about finding a work placement. It’s good to have a member of academic staff with these connections who knows how the industry works.
And your fellow students?
It’s quite a small course, so everybody knows each other and you don’t feel awkward asking questions in class if you don’t understand something. There’s a nice community feel.
I’m a student ambassador for my course. I enjoy it, talking to prospective students and helping them to understand what their choices are is rewarding. Having just been there myself, I know what it’s like. Being a student ambassador is also a good way to meet students from other courses.
What about the facilities?
The facilities are very good. We have the Lupino cinema and there are editing suites and computer rooms. I enjoy practical work so have experience of using this kind of equipment, but if you haven’t there’s lots of support. People in the School are very helpful.
Have you joined any student societies?
Yes. I joined the Photography Society, which I really enjoyed and I’m also in the Christian Union Society. Societies are a great way to meet people and make friends.
Do you like Canterbury?
Canterbury is a really nice city and the area is very green, it has a countryside feel, though actually it’s not far from London.
What do you want to do after you graduate?
Possibly journalism, I also enjoy documentaries and looking at how they influence society, so to move into that area would be great, and I like practical filming. I haven’t decided yet, but I think by the time I finish my degree I’ll have a good idea of what I want to do next. My academic adviser has told me to go to the University’s Careers and Employability Service, so I’ll do that.
What advice would you give to someone considering Kent?
The course itself is great and covers lots of different areas. One thing I’d definitely recommend is visiting the campus, it’s a great campus, but you won’t appreciate how nice the environment is unless you visit. You can see pictures but it’s not the same. Also, come to uni with an open mind and throw yourself into every opportunity that comes your way. I can’t imagine myself at any other uni. You should come. I’m happy I came.