What Do You Do All Day?

One of the most common questions about studying English at uni is “what do you do all day?” There’s no simple answer, because every day—and every student—will be a little bit different. However, the videos on this page provide a taste of the things you’ll certainly do as a student.

These videos were prepared as part of an English Subject Centre DVD project for prospective students. The project was based at Bangor University and led by Dr Ceri Sullivan.

In this series of videos

  • Meet Rich, a first-year English literature student at the University of Wales, Bangor
  • Rich participates in small-group discussion during a first-year seminar on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Rich attends a class lecture about feminist literary criticism and women in literature. Taking lectures notes is a fundamental undergraduate skill
  • As an English student, a lot of your time will be spent in the library doing independent research. Rich is working on an essay about ‘gender and monsters’
  • By taking part in extracurricular activities, like acting in a student play, you can develop other skills—and your CV
  • At the end of the day, Rich heads to the pub and talks to other students and an academic about his future career


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