Politics and International Studies

Undergraduate study

Rhea Visavadia

Qualification(s): BA (Hons)
Course: History 

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

I chose Loughborough University because of its amazing facilities and because it is one of the top institutions for higher education in the country.

What attracted you to the University in the first place?

I fell in love with the campus; despite it being so big and spacious, everything is easily accessible and the people here are so welcoming and friendly. 

What do you enjoy about your course?

I love my course because its size enables you to really get to know your lecturers, they’re so approachable and easy to talk to and this is really helpful when you’re living away from home. The modules are diverse and interesting and have taught me so many transferable skills that I can apply to practically anything. 

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

Loughborough University is truly amazing in terms of teaching quality and facilities. The rooms are always clean, modern and spacious and the lecturers are so full of drive and passion that you’re always captivated throughout. 

Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?

One of my favourite modules by far was Slavery in a Global Context which was taught by Catherine Armstrong. It was so interesting because not only did it teach us about types of slavery, but also how the nature of it changed from ancient times to modern-day slavery. I really enjoyed this module because I’ve never given much thought to other types of slavery that existed; I’d only ever been taught in-depth about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, so this module was really enjoyable

What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?

BERLIN!!! In my first year, we were given the exciting opportunity to go to Berlin on a history fieldtrip. It was absolutely amazing to go abroad with the whole history group and really experience how Germans lived under the Third Reich. I got to visit the Olympic Stadium that was built by Hitler, as well as visit the Brandenburg Gate and the German Historical Museum. 

What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?

When I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in journalism and publishing. I feel like my career has helped me to develop strong written and verbal skills, as well as teaching me important qualities such as being able to meet deadlines and research individually.

What would you say to someone considering your course?

History is a really diverse course and studying it at degree level is one of the best decisions I’ve made. The skills I have gained can be applied to such a huge variety of job sectors I feel completely confident that I’ll be able to come out of university with good prospects. It is challenging, interesting and completely a worthwhile degree.

How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?

I absolutely love the social atmosphere on campus. I have had some of my best nights out at the Loughborough Student’s Union and with the huge variety of societies available to join, it is next to impossible to find somewhere you don’t belong!

What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?

What I love most about being a Loughborough University student is the sense of inclusiveness and belonging it inspires. Right from the very beginning of my university experience I felt so welcome and at-home. The friends I have made at Loughborough quickly became my family and the university itself is my home!

Has Loughborough inspired you?

Loughborough University has inspired me to strive and work hard to achieve my life goals. Not only has it pushed me to develop academically, it has also pushed me to develop as an individual.

What has been your favourite Loughborough moment so far?

One of my favourite Loughborough moments so far has to have been going to the Diwali celebrations hosted at the Students’ Union. It was so much fun; food, dancing, entertainment and special performances! The fact that it was open to absolutely anyone really demonstrated exactly what life at Loughborough University is all about.