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Social Anthropology

Annie Broadbent

I couldn’t believe it was considered to be a 'lesson' when I went to my first anthropology lecture at Manchester University.

To me it seemed to be a really enjoyable debate about things I find fascinating, one that I might ordinarily have with friends at dinner. The difference was that I was being encouraged to think in ways I hadn’t thought possible.

Anthropology is a truly unique subject and one I think every individual should have to at least take one module in. It broadens your mind and deepens your understanding about human nature, society and cultural differences in a way that no other subject does … and that is priceless teaching, especially now more than ever.

Having worked for a children's communication charity for two years, I have now set up my own social enterprise which helps 18–30 year olds start and deliver their own independent projects and enterprises.

We aim to inspire and encourage young people to believe in their abilities and take ownership over their skill development and career.

My studies of anthropology have never stopped being useful. Having a greater understanding of just how diverse the world is and how impactful each culture can be on an individual, benefits and deepens every interaction and encounter I have with individuals, organisations, and social communities. It makes me excited about the differences and gives me an eagerness to learn and travel that never seems to cease.