Hi, I’m Jemma and I graduate in the summer of 2010 with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology. I’m originally from a small town in Herts called Bishop’s Stortford, and I came straight to Leicester after my A-levels after having real problems deciding what to study! I finally chose Ancient History and Archaeology as I liked the fact there were practical modules as well as ancient history, which I much prefer to modern. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I’m not looking forward to leaving! I’m starting a Masters in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology in September 2010 at Cranfield University.
Hobbies and interests
I joined loads of societies when I first came to Leicester but the ones I’ve remained an active member of are: Ancient History and Archaeology Society, Cocktail Society, Street Dance Society and ULBC – the University of Leicester Boat Club (rowing). I’ve also worked in the library, and also as a Student Ambassador during my three years here. I’ve also done the Ambassador Award Scheme, Tomorrow’s Managers and the Experience Employability programme, which is part of the Leicester Award.
Advice for prospective students
For anyone who’s thinking of coming to Leicester; well firstly I’d definitely say do it! I think Leicester is a hidden gem. There’s brilliant night life, great sports and academic facilities which are undergoing even further renovations at the moment, and a real sense of belonging which I didn’t feel at any of the other universities I visited. I think the way the accommodation is arranged helps first years form really tight bonds; not only with people in their halls but others as well. The academic staff are all active in their individual research areas, and always publishing new papers and devising new modules. There’s so much on offer at Leicester; you’d be a fool to go anywhere else!