When graduating from high school, I was unsure of what to study and where. My interests were quite broad, and I was tempted to stay in my home country - the prospect of moving somewhere new where I did not know anyone was a bit daunting. Nonetheless, I applied to study Geography at the University of Glasgow because of the department’s great reputation, an interesting and broad range of topics for optional courses, and because I had heard Glasgow was a great city for students. Over the course of the past four years, all have proven to be true. I could not be happier that I took what (at the time) felt like a massive leap of faith, but now appears to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.
In the first few years I benefited massively from getting involved with societies on campus. I made great friends, saw some beautiful Scottish islands, and slowly started to feel comfortable and at home in this lovely and student-friendly city. Later in the degree, as the field trips came and went, I got more involved academically and found the Geography staff so friendly, supportive, and - what I think might be the best of their many qualities - passionate about teaching.
The School offers a wide range of excellent human and physical geography classes which means you will be able to initially broaden your knowledge and later specialise in what you find most exciting. I think this really helps with finding out what you want to do later in life as you gain a variety of transferable skills over the course of the degree. As an added bonus, every class I took shaped me into a more critical thinker and challenged my preconceptions about the world - which is probably what you want from your university experience.