"I did a semester abroad in Graz, Austria for the second half of my second year and learnt German. I'm now planning to do a masters in American Literature and Culture at the Freiuniversität in Berlin."
I like the fact that on my course I have been able to learn about political and historical concepts through the lens of literature and cinema. I have been able to consume a large amount of interesting texts during my studies and feel that this should be the experience of any humanities student. It has for me, been a great mix of visual, audio and literary. I have developed my analytical skills, which I think will remain valuable for my life beyond University. I have also become much more articulate and interested in intellectual concepts.
Study around the course. Be independent and consume lots of different types of art and media, not just cinema and literature. Read around all of your interests and experiment with as many of them as possible. Remember that if you take this course, your occupation is reading literature, film and academia and that's really amazing!
Throughout my three years, I've taken part in a lot of extracurricular activities. In first year, I was a part of the film society, which took me to the Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin in 2015. That was an important experience, opening my eyes further to the possibilities of cinema as a medium. In second year, I became involved in homelessness activism in Manchester and organisations that I still volunteer for. I also co-ran an event called 'Shed the Truth', which screened films about homelessness and other relevant local issues in the Fallowfield Community Garden. This gave me experience in events organisation, which I'm sure will come in handy later.
In September 2015, I started volunteering for HOME which allowed me to watch free plays and films (including previews!). This was a great way to supplement my course and I'd recommend it to any incoming students. I still volunteer with them, and I love it! Hopefully this experience will be something I can use to find a job in the arts in Manchester once I've finished my degree.
I also did a semester abroad in Graz, Austria for the second half of my second year and learnt German. I'm now planning to do a masters in American Literature and Culture at the Freiuniversität in Berlin, so skills of living abroad and German language are going to be very useful there!
...lots of people, but what springs to mind right now is translators, polygots and Dr Lucy Burke, who really reignited my love of English and Film in my third year with her fascinating module 'Critical and Cultural Theory II'.
The standard of teaching as well as student support is incredible here!