What’s It Like To Study at University?


Nalisha Parmar is a third year student at the University of East Anglia. We asked her a few questions to see how she’s finding her degree and university life.

What degree are you studying?

I’m studying BSc Environmental Earth Sciences, which is a 3-year course.

What A-levels did you do?

I studied Chemistry, Biology and Geography.

Why did you always want to study science?

I’ve always found science to be a very interesting subject, and there are lots of potential careers from the degree I chose.

Have you found the course to be challenging?

Yes, I’ve found it to be a challenge, especially the step up from A-levels. You get less help than at high school, there’s a lot more independent study and referencing is horrible, but that also means much more free time! Some weeks I only have 4 contact hours, others I have up to 20.

What is your favourite thing about uni?

The choice of modules – there’s so many to choose from! Also the friends you meet along the way, they’re friends for life! Uni is really fun, you learn a lot about yourself, having to cook and deal with finances, but I love it.

And finally, would you recommend doing a science degree?

Yes, definitely! I think everyone should do science – we need it to move forward!


Elliot McKernon is an algebraist currently applying for PhDs in pure maths after 4 years studying Natural Sciences MSci.

What is your favourite thing about uni?

Meeting interesting people and leaning interesting maths.

What is your favourite thing about your course?

I didn’t know I liked maths until my second year, when I studied algebra and then specialised.

What A-levels did you take at sixth form?

I took Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Music Technology.

What would have studied if you hadn’t studied Natural Sciences?


What are your aspirations?

To go into academia and do research maths.

What advice would you give to student considering what to do at uni?

Think about what aspects of what you’ve done you’ve enjoyed and think about what subjects have those same properties but bear in mind that university courses differ. Content of a university course can be different to what you expect and want.


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