Student Profile

Sian - Accelerated Entry to Second Year - Physics - 2015

Having lived in a small town in Yorkshire all of my life, coming all the way to St Andrews was a very daunting prospect. Now, as I come to the end of my first year, it truly feels like home and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to study here.

I like to be stretched and hence chose to join the school on its direct entry route to the MPhys degree. Although it has indeed been challenging, there has been so much support and when everything clicks into place it is worth all the hard work. I have been made to feel very welcome by the class and found that you immediately have something in common with your fellow direct-entrants making it easier to strike up a friendship.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is a wonderful environment to study in. The staff truly care about each and every student and the emphasis is placed on your understanding rather than simply recalling facts. Their enthusiasm is infectious and makes learning from them a genuine pleasure.

Not only is the School unique, but so is the place. You are living amongst a vibrant mix of people from a vast range of backgrounds and experiencing things you would find nowhere else, a chilly dip in the North sea at sunrise and a foam fight in the ancient quadrangle being just a few. Even on the not uncommon rainy days, St Andrews remains a beautiful place to live and learn. I am enjoying every minute of my time here and hoping that the next three years don’t go by too quickly!

First posted BDS 27.4.15