Good luck to all prospective SUSU Members!
To all those receiving their A-Level results today – good luck! Everyone at SUSU hopes that you all get the results you want – especially if you’re coming here to study as a result!
As soon as you’re accepted by the University – you become a member of SUSU, a 25,000 strong Union that represents every student studying at the University of Southampton. As a new member, you’ll get to enjoy the excitement as you prepare to come here, start receiving all the promotional information that we’re sending out in the coming weeks – and start planning your Freshers!
It’s a big change coming to study at University; firstly, you’re only focussed on one or two subjects, which even though that doesn’t sound too different from A-Level, it really is! Whether you have a particular career in mind, at University you’ll either be starting to gain the knowledge or developing the skill set that will set you up for the rest of your life. It’s a big step – but a really exciting one as well!
Second, you’ll find the way you go about learning to be completely different – the focus really is on you putting the work in and reaping the rewards. The average course has around 10 hours contact time a week, with many courses expecting up to 20 hours a week in independent studying. In that sense, there is much less teacher-student interaction for those who don’t want it – but equally, there’s a fantastic opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with some of the best researchers in the country, to really pick their brains and improve your work.
And finally, you’ll be doing all this with a million and one other things going on around you; SUSU has so many opportunities for you to get involved, for you to try new things and learn new skills – all of which can help make you a well-rounded individual for when you step out into the workplace.
People don’t lie when they say it’s the best 3 years of your life – and making sure that statement is true for your time here at Southampton is why your Sabbatical Officers have been elected by over 7000 students.
So for those celebrating tomorrow – relax; enjoy a month of supreme freedom, and get ready to lap up the experience when you come in September.
And if you don’t quite get what you want – don’t panic. If you’ve just missed out on the required grades by a couple of marks and UCAS Track is showing your offer as conditional, try giving the University a call to find out their decision. If the unfortunate happens, there are still plenty of opportunities out there for everybody; there will be something for you in Clearing, and wherever you go to study, you will still have the most amazing time.
To find out more about uni life tune into your student radio station, Surge, Friday 17:00. Your new President Sam will be hosting a welcome show and will answer any questions you have.
All the best again, and hopefully see you in Your Freshers’!