Lauren, who is graduating with a BA History and Sociology, first applied to Essex in 2016, and embarked on a Sociology and Politics degree but ended up withdrawing.
“It didn’t feel like the right decision,” she said. “Instead I completed a business administration apprenticeship in the HR team at a company called Munich Re.”
After deciding to give higher education a second chance, choosing her subject was easy.
“It was important to me that I picked something I would enjoy. History is perhaps one of the best degrees to learn useful transferrable skills that you will hold with you for the rest of your life. People think it’s memorising meaningless dates and battle wins but it’s so much more than that!”
An interest in sociology led her to enrol on a joint degree and she feels the two subjects make perfect partners: “The disciplines often overlap, though perhaps things are studied through different lenses.”
During her time at Essex Lauren has helped ensure students in the Department of History are represented and get a say in how courses and processes develop. She’s been a Student Rep since her first year and helped the Department evolve its online teaching during the pandemic.
The role didn’t come without challenges: “Something that every Student Rep will come to learn is that you can’t please everyone! University is a hub of people with different ideas, preferences, and ways of working. There is no one size fits all. The best thing to do is listen to people,” she said.