Interview with Moonthana Uddin
Name: Moonthana Uddin
Home town: London
Uni: University of Southampton
What do you want to do when you graduate? I'd like to be a doctor
What are the best things about uni?
I have enjoyed moving to a new city and exploring what it has to offer. I have had the opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds and cultures. It has been nice to get to know people from different parts of the country and even different parts of the world. I have enjoyed finding out about all the societies and clubs that Southampton University has to offer such as the Islamic Society, MEDSOC, Feminist Society, HIV Education group, etc, that I can participate in and meet people who are more like me and share similar interests to me. I also like the life skills that I have gained from moving away from home such as being independent, cooking for myself and keeping control of my finances.
How have you made new friends at uni?
I have made friends with people on my course, the people who live with me in my halls and through going to societies and clubs and meeting new people there.
Do you still keep in touch with friends from school?
Yes, I regularly keep in contact with my friends from school and college via Facebook and through texting and Skype.
What do you spend your time doing when you’re not studying?
I participate in the events of societies and their socials. I go out with my course friends or flatmates. I have a job as student ambassador at the university and do shifts for that.
How many lectures a week do you have? How much other time do you spend studying at home?
I have lectures three times a week. I spend an average of three hours a day studying outside lectures.
How would you sum up life as a university student?
University is an amazing and very rewarding experience and one of the best times of my life. University has a lot to offer both in the short and long term. You gain a lot of life skills out of it and get given the opportunity to meet so many different people and make lifelong friends.
Tell us about your students’ union. Do you spend much time there? Is it an integral part of uni life?
The Southampton Students’ Union organises a lot of the student events. It is a good support network and useful for when you need advice and information regarding welfare matters such as finance. However, I personally am not involved much. The Students’ Union building is a good place to hang out with your friends during lunch times and breaks and also to do work if the libraries are too full.