Meet History student: Benjamin Tran

We caught up with BA (Hons) History student, Benjamin, to find out more about his time and experience at Kent.

What has been your favourite module so far, and why?

Europe in Extremes: Communism, Fascism and Nazism, 1917-1939 because of the seminar leader and lecturer. There was also the chance to study about Fascist Italy and the interwar period which is often a period that is not taught often.

What made you decide to study your course at University of Kent?

How enthusiastic the staff at the Kent were but also the type of history taught and the proximity to London and France.

Are you a part of any sports or societies? And if so, what’s been your experience? Would you recommend them to fellow/new students and why?

I am part of the Chess society and if you are interested in Chess then sure go for it. The people there are very welcoming. During lockdown, we have had online chess tournaments.

What’s your favourite thing about the campus?

The accommodation, student life and the Library. It is quite nice that is used to be 24/7.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Canterbury?

The connection to London. How it is near the coast to and we can travel a lot. The people are very nice so if you need help there is always someone there to help you out.

What would you recommend to a new first year student studying your course that would really help them?

Ask your academic advisor for help. They are really nice and understand what you are going through. Utilise the Library. Always asks questions. Take an interest in the work that your seminar leader or module convenor is doing, what they are working on can help you out. Always talk to your seminar leaders they will always be willing to give you tips. If they are relatively young then they will definitely know what you are going through and how you are feeling so do not worry.

What would you recommend a first year student moving to Kent try out?

I would recommend walking everywhere to get the feel of Canterbury/Medway. Explore the coast. You have the opportunity to visit places like Dover and Margate which has excellent history.

Are there any books / podcasts / film / online magazines that would be helpful for a new student, or fellow students, studying your course?

It depends what your interests are but the University of Kent History podcast is always a good start. If you are going to be studying the interwar periods then Richard Evans trilogy on the Third Reich is a good one. If anyone here has a fascination with Vietnam, I would suggest read Max Hasting’s book.