Igor Ossipov

International Relations and Politics

Igor Ossipov

Studying at Brookes has helped me develop my writing skills, increase my scope of reading and made me much more confident, all factors which will be important in the job market

Igor Ossipov is studying Politics and Economics, inspired both by his A-Level choices and the theories of the great thinkers. He is actively involved in several student societies at Brookes, and hopes to pursue a career in politics.

Ever since I did politics at A-Level I have been interested in the subject. Its sheer vastness never fails to inspire, excite and entertain, and after all as Aristotle said “man is by nature a political animal”, so we all must understand politics to understand ourselves. It is interesting to study theories and ideas proposed by some of the greatest thinkers, as often their ideas can be applied in the modern world, and perhaps if we all played more attention to politics and history we would all improve the world.

Being a student is great; it is obviously fun, as long as you are keen to get involved, but it also provides a three year gap between college and career where you can make decisions about your future. Sometimes taking time and considering your options is crucial.

Although politics does not have a set career path like law, having a good university degree is nonetheless highly important, particularly for students coming from outside the UK as without such a degree, job opportunities become scarce. Studying at Brookes has helped me develop my writing skills, increase my scope of reading and made me much more confident, all factors which will be important in the job market.

All my lecturers have been very good, but perhaps the modules I’ve most enjoyed include Russian Politics, US Politics and Political Thought. It has been good to study with interesting people who have undoubtedly influenced my political views.

Societies are a good way to meet people, particularly after the first few months when the freshers’ fever dies down. I am a member of numerous societies including the motorsports group, politics, and the Conservatives, and I am also a member of the Oxford Union which is open for everyone.

Oxford is a very nice city, particularly coming from a small town, as it is not quite as big and busy as some of the bigger cities in the UK. It is a perfect way to adapt before moving to London. Oxford is good fun, has a good atmosphere, a sense of history and plenty of places to get something nice to eat and drink.