Vienna is a final year student studying English Literature at the University of Reading. Knowing she wanted to study English Literature from early on, she wanted a University that made her feel welcome and supported.
"I knew I wanted to study English Literature and visiting the University of Reading I felt immediately at home. The atmosphere in the department, the beautiful campus and the community of staff and students made me feel welcome."
Vienna was impressed by the wide choice of modules at Reading:
"I have been able to study everything from a module introducing old English, to a module on contemporary fiction. Exploring new genres has been challenging, but hugely rewarding. Studying at Reading is really pushing the boundaries of my interests. I generally prefer romantic fiction, but enjoyed reading Dracula last year and am currently studying Nigerian Prose Literature using the Museum of English Rural Life archives."
Staff at the University of Reading have guided Vienna throughout her studies, helping with both academic and personal support.
"I studied a module on persuasive writing with Dr Cindy Becker, which was a highly interactive and hands-on module that helped my confidence grow. My Academic Tutor, Professor David Brauner has also been an amazing help, providing me with extra support and guidance through the challenges of exam period last year."
"Staff and Tutors are always available to help you which is one of the best things about studying at Reading"
Vienna is considering a career in Human resources which is being supported by her Professional Track scheme training, and staff. Her CV has also been enhanced by the practical experience she gained.
"As part of my degree I have been able to study a module called 'Communications at work'. Winning best presentation in second year for this modules has also helped me improve my confidence. The Professional Track scheme offered by the School of Literature and Languages has been a really valuable addition to my degree, it has enabled me to explore different aspects of work, from a course on Social Media to undertaking Leadership Training."
"Now I'm in my final year, the career development support has given me the confidence to be proactive and make contact with individuals who can help me. For example, this week I met with a contact at Deloitte who provided career and CV advice"
Vienna is enjoying her final year at Reading and, along with her studies, works as a Student Ambassador, speaking to prospective students about the University. This role has also enabled her to mix with older English literature students, thus becoming part of the Department's wider community .
"I support the University during Open and Visit Day events, by talking to prospective students about the benefits of getting a degree. This has been a fantastic opportunity for me to provide help and support to others. I would say to anyone considering University to visit the University of Reading campus and enjoy its community, and opportunities. The support they have given me have really helped me to grow as a person and get the most out of my degree."