School of English

Second-year student Lucy's reflections on her first year at Sussex

My first year at Sussex has been fantastic for so many reasons...

My first year at Sussex has been fantastic for so many reasons. A large part of it has been due to just how much I’ve enjoyed the English course, which has lived up to all the expectations I had about studying my favourite subject full time. It’s been great both to study texts I was already familiar with - such as Jane Eyre and The Country Wife - in far more detail - and also to discover new ones, like The Roaring Girl and the poetry of Frank O’Hara.

I’ve made friends with other people doing English, but also people I live near on campus and those I’ve met through societies. One of the most rewarding things I’ve done this year was campaigning with the Students for Caroline, a society to re-elect our Green MP, and I’d definitely encourage people to get really involved with any groups or societies that interest them.

During the summer before coming to university I managed to read some of the texts on the reading list and I’d really recommend this; it meant that whilst I was having fun and making friends during the first weeks I wasn’t worrying that there were novels I desperately needed to be reading. I found the transition into university life surprisingly easy and it amazed me how little I missed home once I felt set up here in Brighton. If you don’t think you’ll be able to visit home very often I wouldn’t worry because Sussex can quickly become a second home for you