Simon Hargun (Gibbs' 2012 - 2017)

Experienced university life in Washington D.C.
Simon Hargun

When did you join Lancing College?

I joined Lancing in the Third Form in 2012 and stayed the whole time through to Upper Sixth and graduated in 2017.

What subjects did you study for A Level?

For A-levels I did History, Politics and Economics.

Where did you go to university and why did you decide to study there?

I went to American University in Washington D.C. in the United States, because I wanted to study politics and I thought the city that houses the federal government was a logical choice.

How have you found your university experience?

I had a lot of fun studying in the US, made a lot of friends and had new exciting experiences but the curriculum was a bit chaotic and the fees were astronomical to the tune of around $70,000 for 9 months tuition, so I opted to return to the UK and am presently studying at the University of Essex, altering my degree slightly to Politics with International Relations. America was a good experience and I do not regret it for a minute.

What advice would you give to a current pupil interested in applying to an overseas university?

Regarding advice for those interested in studying abroad, I don’t think there is much to say.... it’s just a change of scenery and different cultures come with different experiences. You won’t know if you don't take the leap, it will work out or it won’t, you leave Lancing relatively young so it's fine to make mistakes so long as you learn from them. Practically, however, there are things such as finances and visas to consider and most universities abroad will give an introduction orientation session to help accommodate overseas students so resources are available. 

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to finish this undergraduate degree and possibly do a masters somewhere in Canada.

Do you keep in touch with friends from Lancing?

I keep in touch with a few people from Lancing and we occasionally meet up in London.

What advice would you give to a new pupil about to start at Lancing?

For a new pupil joining Lancing I would say to enjoy yourself; don't worry too much, these are years that come with a certain degree of insulation and the discipline it instils in oneself is valuable and transferable to any university environment or anything post-Lancing.