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Lucy Proudlock

Where are you from?

London

What degree pathway are you studying at Queen’s?

BA Social Anthropology

Why did you choose to study Anthropology at Queen’s?

I chose to study Anthropology at Queen’s for a number of reasons. Having done the usual research before applying for University, I found Anthropology at Queen’s had a great reputation in both the UK and Ireland, and studying cultures while living somewhere new also appealed to me. Mostly it was because when I visited Queen’s on the open day I found Belfast to be a very warm and friendly place, and the staff here are supportive and welcoming so I thought it would be easy to settle in... and it was!

What do you particularly enjoy about studying this subject at Queen’s?

I particularly enjoy how the Anthropology of other people can reflect on our own lives. It’s so interesting, plus the course covers such a big variety of topics. I also enjoy the way in which the subject attracts a diverse mix of us students; I’ve met people from all over the world here! The social events and day trips are also fun.

What about studying at Queen’s in general? What is that like?

Studying at Queen’s is great because there’s so much opportunity! In my first year I lived in Elms, so it was very easy to meet people and make friends because everyone is so close, and they arranged lots of charity social events for us there. There’s always live music going on somewhere around campus or the local area too. So far I’ve joined loads of clubs and societies, my favourite is ArtSoc because it’s different every week.

What do you hope to do when you leave Queen’s?

I’m not sure what my plans are yet. I hope to stay in Belfast because I like the pace of life here. I might continue my studies or see what other opportunities are open to me.

Would you recommend studying Anthropology to other students? What advice would you give them?

I would definitely recommend studying Anthropology to other students. It gives you a whole new perspective of the world. It’s so different and easy to personalise because the course is so much about finding meanings behind our behaviour, and in that way it can suit anyone. It’s also great because most occupations involve other people, so I think Anthropology is almost always useful to employers.