Why Geography Is The Best Subject To Study At University.. Ever

24/03/2014 14:57
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If you study geography at university then you'll already know that it is the best subject you could possibly be doing. There is no doubt in your mind about it.

If you do not, then it has to be said sorry but you're missing out. Though you may think that your degree is the most interesting, or the most fun, or the most employable, the truth of the matter is that nothing compares to geography.

Geographers are often given a lot of stick by other students. People say that it's not a 'proper' subject and that it's basically sociology or geology. They say that geographers are only good at colouring in between the lines and for naming capital cities in pub quizzes. They say that geography is just looking at maps, mountains and rivers. They say that geography is a doss.

Well it's time to set the record straight. Except for the 'proper' subject part. To be honest, with some of the methods used in geography today that could well be true. That's not to say that it's an easy subject though!

So why is geography so good? Is it because, along with psychologists, geography students are the most employable? Is it because geography is well known for being a very sociable degree? Or is it because it is simply the most interesting?

Even Michael Palin himself has said that "geography students hold the key to the world's problems" If that isn't enough to convince you, then here are 10 other reasons why geography is far and away the best subject to study at university:

  • 1 No-one really knows what you study
    Particularly true if you do human geography. People will constantly compare your degree to sociology, anthropology, politics, international relations, geology, the works.
  • 2 You get to go on loads of fieldtrips
    What other course gives you the opportunity to go to places like Iceland and the Himalayas? Even if it's actually to Whitby at least you get to go somewhere.
  • 3 You have the life of an arts student
    Even if you're doing physical geography and studying for a BSc you'll still only have about 7 hours a week. Heaven.
  • 4 Geographers are the most fun
    Probably due to the lack of contact time, geographers are always well known around campus for being party animals!
  • 5 You get to do a bit of everything
    Economic? History? Chemistry? Biology? Politics? Physics? Yes, geography includes them all.
  • 6 You're not geologists
    Because there is more to life than rocks.
  • 7 Your dissertation can actually be interesting
    You don't have to do it on fluctuations in exchange rates or anything boring like that. No, you get to do yours on glaciers in Patagonia or lads holidays in Ayia Napa!
  • 8 Because you've always wanted to be a geography teacher
    Don't lie, you know it's true.
  • 9 Everyone loves volcanoes
    It's been a love affair since the first time you made one with vinegar and baking soda.
  • 10 Because everyone loves colouring in
    Go on. Be honest.
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