Student Profile: Rebecca Taylor
Why did you choose to study your chosen course at the University of Liverpool?
The University of Liverpool offers a very flexible architecture course. I prefer the more arts-based side of architecture than the scientific aspect and here at the University of Liverpool I am given the freedom to explore architecture in this way.
How has University been different from A-levels?
You’re given less structure and more freedom studying at university than you are at A-Levels; you can tailor your studying to pursue what you’re interested within your chosen subject. The increased flexibility makes it a lot easier to take part in any extra-curriculars you want to as well. And of course, you’re given a lot more independence.
What has surprised you most about Liverpool?
The social scene. I hadn’t researched Liverpool as a city very much before coming to university, there’s just so much you can do. I love contemporary art, so the art galleries were an added bonus.
How has your learning been facilitated since coming to Liverpool?
The small tutor groups and 1-on-1 sessions really help the way that I learn. Not to mention the friends that you make from these groups who support you throughout your degree.
What extra-or co-curricular activities do you take part in, and how do these affect your student experience?
I play basketball for the university. Architecture can be a very stressful degree at times, so it helps to have something outside of it that can make me switch off for a bit. My experience of university life would have been so different if I hadn’t joined basketball, I’ve met some amazing people from joining the club.
If you could go back, what advice would you have given yourself before going to University?
To get stuck into university life and be more confident. Also, to learn when to say no. Time flies so quickly when you’re at university, if you find something doesn’t work for you or you don’t like something, don’t be afraid to say no or to change the way that you’re doing things.