Since quite a young age, I've been interested in debates, world politics and ideas in general. Thus my choice to study Politics and International Relations at University was logical to me, as much as getting involve in MUN throughout my studies.
I choose to study Politics and International Relations because I'm deeply concern about philosophical questions and existential ones, and since I felt that I hadn't the capacities to make a contribution to fields such as physic and astronomy, Politics and International Relations was for me just as good to study in order to find the answers I'm looking for.
Thus when the period came to choose what I wanted to study at university, I did apply to a lot of universities, both in France and in the UK, to be sure that the final decision would be my choice and not forced upon me. I still did took a lot of time to decide which university to go to, but at least I knew what I wanted to study, and at the end, that's what really matter. And I choose the University of Manchester because it was a good University, and I felt it was the best one for me.
To be honest, I didn't knew much about the University of Manchester before coming in. I just knew that the course had a good reputation. But now that I think about it, I'm glad I didn't knew to much, because that way, I had more to discover once I arrived.
Studying Politics and International Relations, especially in Manchester, have probably change my views or enrich them on everything, and I'm only in the middle of the second year of my bachelor degree. I get to read fascinating books and be confronted with provocative idea that I would not have the time to read and engage with otherwise. Which is what I excepted from this degree, even if I had no idea how this would materialize.
What surprised me the most is how little I knew. What I believed International Relation to be was teach to me in the first month, then it was pure discovery almost every time afterwards. Especially today, studying Politics and International Relations seem more important than ever.
This degree is really great, because it gives you an introduction to the three main branch of political studies, namely, Political Philosophy, Comparative Politics, and International Politics. And then, in your second and third year, it allow you to have more freedom over what you want to study precisely.
Thus you can truly make your own degree. If you have a deep interest in politics in general but you are not quite sure yet what you what to do with it, this course might be the right one for you. Because not only it opens a significant number of doors for your future, but also enriched you as a citizen of the world.
I do know I will do a master after, but the exact subject of it is still to define. It could be International affairs of Environmental studies. However, I'm quite confident that thanks to my actual studies, I will work in a field that correspond to what I want to do. And you should too, because as soon as you are studying something you care about and give your full potential to it, there is little reasons to doubt of your future, it may be uncertain, but it's, in my opinion, not a source of stress, but of excitement.
I do know that I see myself working in an International Organisation or an NGO, but I'm not closing doors to others things such as journalism, and why not being an academic for a time.