Joshua Fernandez

Sociology BA (Hons)

The quality of teaching is great.

What attracted you to Kent?

The campus and the facilities. Everything is spread out nicely too. We have an outstanding library team and the quality of teaching is great as well.

Another reason I chose Kent was due to the range of module choice. There are so many different options and avenues to explore. I wanted my degree to be focused on charity and philanthropy work and the course was designed in a way that allowed me to pick modules that were related to what I wanted to do in the future.

How would you describe your lecturers?

I’ve always felt that my lecturers have been really flexible, particularly now with meeting in person and also arranging meetings online. Also, in terms of essay feedback, they’ve been extremely responsive and super helpful.

Which modules have you enjoyed the most and why?

Globalisation has been a favourite of mine and it’s a field I would like to go into in the future. Gaining a theoretical understanding at undergraduate level has put me in good stead.

What are your career goals?

I’d like to get into community development and then potentially work my way up to a role within international development. I’d like to work on community projects and on a larger scale, in foreign refugee camps.

How would you describe your fellow students?

I’ve found everyone to be very friendly and supportive. I’ve only ever felt welcome since being here.

Where do you socialise in the city? Where are your favourite places to visit?

There are lots of pubs in Canterbury but The Millers Arms is probably my favourite! Westgate Gardens are beautiful to walk around and for food, it has to be Mister Miyagi’s Sushi.

Where would you recommend for a day out?

Whitstable! A day trip to Whitstable is definitely needed in your first year.

Are you a student ambassador or a peer mentor?

I’m a peer mentor. I signed up to the student mentorship programme as I was initially looking to go into teaching. I thought it would be a good stepping stone towards that goal. At the moment, I mentor one first-year student and we meet up regularly to discuss her course and any queries she has. I'm really enjoying it so far.

Where did you live in your first year?

I lived in Parkwood houses. I shared my kitchen and bathroom with five other people. I was really lucky as my flat-mates were very clean. I don’t have any complaints! It was far cheaper to share too.

Have you got any advice for somebody thinking about coming to Kent or uni in general?

Just enjoy it because it goes by very quickly. Also, throw yourself into everything, whether academic or non-academic. Make the most of the opportunities because it’s a luxury to have what’s available at Kent.

Can you describe Kent in three words?

Beautiful, accessible, supportive.

How affordable would you say Canterbury is?

Well, Canterbury is a student town so it’s geared up for student living. I’d say it’s more than affordable and you’ve always got options. There are cheaper and more expensive places to choose from in terms of living but that’s the same in any city. In terms of eating out as a student, it’s just about knowing the right places and making the most of student deals.