Interdisciplinary Studies Centre

Rachel's career story

Rachel smiling while receiving her graduation script from Shami Chakrabarti.

Rachel, BA Liberal Arts graduate


What did you enjoy most about your studies? Which modules or areas of research did you particularly enjoy?

 I really enjoyed the freedom of study. I could study what I was interested in and follow wherever my thirst for knowledge took me. I made the most of my Liberal Arts degree by choosing modules that interested me in departments all over the university, from film to science, philosophy to psychology. In the end, Liberal Arts helped me to find what I really loved doing; writing, and provided me with a varied set of skills and experiences to help me write more diverse and interdisciplinary stories. 

What employability /further study skills did studying at Essex give you? 

The Big Essex Award was a really rewarding experience, it gave me a way to be rewarded for all the extra skills and experiences I gained while at Essex. Essex gives so many chances for volunteering and paid roles which I utilised during my degree. 

What have you done since graduating from Essex?

Since graduating from BA Liberal Arts I have gone on to continue my studies at Essex with a MA in Creative Writing. In my third year of the Liberal Arts degree, I chose a couple of creative writing modules that lead me to where I am today. I have now completed my master's degree and I am currently writing a young adult science fiction novel that I plan on finishing and publishing within the next couple of years.  

What advice would you give students who are thinking about studying your subject?

I would encourage you to make the most of every opportunity offered to you at Essex (especially as there are loads!). It's a chance to make lots of new friends, fantastic new memories and I promise you that you will learn so much over the next three years. Liberal Arts gives you the chance to expand your horizons so make sure to utilise this, try something new, work interdisciplinarily and more importantly, have fun with it! Your lecturers are a fantastic, diverse bunch and they have so much to offer you.