So, you want to be a geography student?
24th March 2015
I’m coming to the end of my degree, and after three years of studying nothing but geography I have developed a love/hate relationship for the subject. But I’ll talk about that another time.
I think there is a lot of things people don’t tell you about studying geography at university, and I think there is an awful lot of confusion regarding what you actually study and what you can do once you’ve graduated.
So, here is a list of things that you should know about studying a geography degree…
- It’s a physically demanding degree. Expect a lot of walking.
- Field trips abroad aren’t as glamorous as they seem.
- Rubbing soil against your teeth will become normal.
- You will realise how rubbish you are at art after drawing a million field sketches.
- There isn’t as much colouring in as you might expect.
- You will pretend you can identify rocks but really you haven’t got a clue.
- You will never be able to attend a pub quiz again for the fear of a geography round. The pressure is on!
- People will thrust maps into your hands because obviously you have a great sense of direction.
- You will constantly get confused looks from people when they ask you what you are studying…
- …and then you will be asked “What are you planning on doing with that?”…
- …or they will just assume that the only job you can possibly do is teach geography.
- The jokes about working in McDonalds get old very quickly.
- People buy you things with maps on, and that’s cool because maps are awesome.
- Yes, you will draw maps and make them on GIS.
- GIS will become the bane of your life.
- Your lecturers will talk about all these amazing geography related jobs, but then you start to question why they aren’t doing them.
- You will either love or hate human geography (I love it!).
- You will carry a grain size card next to your bank card in your wallet, and look after it just as well.
Honestly, I could go on forever.
I guess my degree has had a lot more to do with rocks and science then I ever anticipated, and unfortunately a lot less human geography than I would have liked.
I have to be honest and say that it is a great degree simply because it’s so varied. It’s the study of the world, so of course it’s a vast subject.
I’m just not sure it was the right choice for me.
I hope I haven’t managed to put you off!