Freya Egan

Anthropology, 2015

Freya Egan

Before university I really struggled with motivation but having such an interesting course has made it so much easier to find that motivation

Brookes was a great place for Freya Egan to set herself on an interesting path, enjoying a huge breadth of choice in Biological Anthropology.

I love that there are a variety of modules to choose from, meaning I could focus my degree on the biological side of Anthropology. My dissertation topic was on perceptions of the brown bear in Norway and this has really made me want to further that particular study, so I might even do a master’s degree in the future! My dream would be to do conservation work with brown bears.

All of the Biological Anthropology members of staff have been great! Sam Smith and Simon Underdown taught a final-year module together last semester which worked so well. We were able to have lengthy discussions and the classes were always lively. I also like that the teaching here is interactive and our lectures often turn into excellent discussions.

I don’t come from a big city, so I was worried I would feel overwhelmed when I came to university, but Oxford is small and perfect. Mandy Archer, Student Support Coordinator, was incredible in my first year when I was suffering from homesickness. There’s plenty to do and loads of lovely little shops. I love heading into town with my uni books and finding a cosy coffee shop to sit and read for hours. It is hard not to be inspired to work when you are surrounded by Oxford students and all the amazing old buildings.

I joined the volleyball team and dance society in first year which was great fun and enabled me to make some great new friends. I also joined the Anthropology society, and it has been fun to go to some of the events they hold, such as pub quizzes. I also wrote for the University newspaper in my second year and that definitely helped my writing skills and helped me secure an internship in publishing.

I have learnt so many ‘life skills’ from my time here. Before university I really struggled with motivation but having such an interesting course has made it so much easier to find that motivation. I’ve given a number of presentations during the three years and this has helped boost my confidence addressing crowds – which is something I never thought I would be good at!