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Brooke Rowan-Stanners

Career Path: Masters Student, Edunburgh University
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I am currently studying a Masters degree in American History at the University of Edinburgh. I hope to go on to study a PhD and go on to a career in academia. I enjoyed my time at Northumbria a lot and after looking into various career options during a year out of university, I decided it would be the best choice for me.

What are you doing now?Brooke Rowan-Stanners

I am studying a Masters degree in American history at the University of Edinburgh.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I am from Newcastle and I found staying close to my friends and family very comforting. The varied course also appealed to me and after visiting open days, I decided it would be the best option for me.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a mix between lectures and seminars, with a move towards more seminars as the course progressed.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about the course was the people involved. Both the students and lecturers meant my time at university was enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

The range of topics covered at Northumbria meant I could explore different topics and decide which one I preferred. I am more prepared to study at a Masters level due to the range and depth at which I studied the various topics of American history at Northumbria.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Everything has been relevant as I hope to continue studying. However, the reading/writing skills I learned at Northumbria have been very useful as it has given a good foundation to develop during further study.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The people. Both the students and lecturers really made the experience enjoyable.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Try and involve yourself in as many of the activities as possible, particularly during the first few months at university. It helps to include yourself in as many things as possible just to make sure that you have a good chance of making a lot of great friends.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Interesting, enjoyable and useful.

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