Adela Cragg

Anthropology and Geography, 2015

Adela Cragg

I love Oxford as a city! There’s so much to do, from bars, restaurants, cafes, museums, sports clubs ... there’s still so much I haven’t done and I’ve been here 3 years

Geography was always her favourite subject, and after a false start in Nursing and 18 months working for a large multi-national company, Adela had the time to work out what she really wanted to do.

I originally wanted to continue studying geography to university but nursing had the benefit of a specialist job at the end. When this didn’t work out, I knew I’d really enjoy studying geography, and the vast choice of careers open to me (unlike nursing), really appealed to me.

The field trips have provided an excellent opportunity to get to know everyone on the course and build some great networks and friends for the future. Gaining a practical knowledge of how to conduct fieldwork and then writing it up is a beneficial skill and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to learn practical skills as well as writing essays!

There are some great lecturers here: my academic advisor, Sam Smith; my dissertation tutor, Kate Hill and other lecturers such as Helen Walkington, Adrian Parker and Wes Fraser are all happy and willing to help with any queries or concerns. It’s great to know that there is support available, when you need it.

I love Oxford as a city! There’s so much to do, from bars, restaurants, cafes, museums, sports clubs ... there’s still so much I haven’t done and I’ve been here 3 years. It’s a beautiful place to study, and somewhere very different from home, which is great!

My communication and leadership skills have definitely been improved over the course of my degree. We do presentations and talks to fellow students and at other conferences outside Brookes, such as Posters in Parliament and as a result, I now feel confident giving talks to large groups of people, something which will come in very handy at interviews.

Geography and anthropology at Brookes has shown me how diverse these subjects are, and that there are so many more jobs that I can do that aren’t a weather broadcaster or a geography teacher! I’m interested in environmental geography and currently exploring a potential career in disaster management.