Hi, I’m Candice. I learned about Anthropology during my A-levels, when I was considering joint honours of Sociology. I knew I didn’t want to simply expand my knowledge of what I learned in sociology A-level. Yet, I didn’t know anything about anthropology, so I did my research of which Universities offered sociology and anthropology. Brunel was the university that caught my eye for two reasons. It was a campus university, where everything was in one place, verses having locations spread around the city. Also, there was a lot of diversity of students and staff, which was a bonus for learning about new perspectives. What solidified my decision to take Anthropology on its own was the Applicant’s Day. I learned that Anthropology was the place to apply learnt theories and perspectives to cultures and diasporas that is not often discussed in Sociology. In short, it was refreshing to me. I was challenged on how theories and perspectives could be applied outside of European perspectives. This helped me to think critically about different theories. I have been studying Anthropology for four years. Each year I have experienced a kind of ‘unlearning’ of previous assumptions, which has opened my eyes to new ideas about the world we live in. I was a different student going into Anthropology than I am now going out. I genuinely believe you won’t experience that with other courses anywhere else. Another thing I learnt during the Applicant’s Day was that this course is one of the few courses that offers a placement in which you get to decide the location – whether it is work experience or doing research in the field. On top of that, you can choose if you would like a single, 12-month placement, or two 3-month placements spread across two years. I chose to do two placements. The first was in Kenya, an experience that is immeasurable compared to prior experiences. Because of the Covid-pandemic, the other placement consisted of working remotely as Social Media Manager, which also provided me with valuable experiences. My experience as an Anthropology student has been great! One thing that I always used to look forward to, before the pandemic, was our seminars. Unlike most subjects, Anthropology offers a chance to apply what was learned in readings and lectures in ongoing conversation – which includes respectfully challenging the lecturer and classmates during seminars. For this reason, I believe the seminars are well organised. Outside of the assigned contact hours, there are opportunities to discuss with lectures and in tutorials one-to-one. I find that contact hours are very impactful and supportive.