Megan is in her final year studying Sport and Exercise Science.
Why did you choose Kent?
The University felt like a friendly place to study and the facilities are very up-to-date. Also, I live nearby and that was a consideration.
Why did you choose Sport and Exercise Science?
I enjoy sport and always wanted to do something that involved sport. I chose this degree because I thought it was a broad course and would give me lots of options afterwards. I have enjoyed the degree so far, and found the psychology, physiology and nutrition modules particularly interesting. I have always been interested in psychology and studied it at A level, but I hadn’t studied physiology to any real extent before and I have really clicked with it; it’s very hands on and I enjoy that.
I didn’t find the first year too difficult, there is definitely more expected of you in your second year, but the work is manageable and at a level that you would expect.
What about the lecturers?
The lecturers are lovely, very helpful and the open door policy means that if you need anything you can just go and talk to them and they will help you.
Is there a community feel in the School?
Yes, in Welcome Week there were lots of events which gave us a chance to get to know each other. In your first year, you do modules with students on other sports courses so you get to know lots of people; as the course progresses you spend more time with the students on your programme but you definitely feel connected to the other students in the School.
The students are a good mix of ages and nationalities and we all have our own ideas about where we want to be in the future – some want to go on to further study, some into teaching and one student I know wants to go into cardiac rehabilitation. It’s good to chat to people whose plans are different to yours and that is one of the good things about this degree, it widens out your options rather than narrowing them down.
Is there quite a big practical element to the course?
It depends on the modules you choose, we do a lot of fitness testing, learning about collection techniques and analysis. The physiology and nutrition modules at Stage 3 tend to be more practical.
Are the academic facilities good?
Very good for my course; that was one of the things that attracted me to Kent. As well as the equipment for practical study, you also have good access to journals and the library is excellent.
What about the social facilities?
We have Coopers on campus which is a student bar and Cargo at Liberty Quays (student accommodation area) does really nice food.
Do you know what you want to do next?
I haven’t decided but I think I will do a Master’s and possibly a PhD. If I can I will do my Master’s at Kent, probably in optimal performance, which is a programme where your focus is on athletes rather than the general population. I enjoy doing research and finding out more about a subject and I think studying for a PhD and focusing on something I am passionate about would be fascinating.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Do the reading. Get involved and take advantage of trips offered. Overall, I am really glad I came here; it’s been a great experience, I really don’t want to leave.