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Emily Boazman

BSc (Hons) Geography

Bsc Geography Student Emily BoazmanWhy did you choose Northumbria University?

Northumbria offered the course that I wanted to study and had achievable entry grades for myself. When I visited Northumbria on an Open Day I loved the vibe that the University had and all facilities and services were provided that I required. With it being both a campus university and having the city centre a few minutes’ walk away it is a perfect location.

What do you think of Newcastle and our region and what are your favourite things to do?

Newcastle is a great city, and with Newcastle University and colleges there are loads of students giving the city a great vibe. 

What has surprised you most about living in Newcastle and this region? What has impressed you most?

Newcastle is a great part of the UK, with everything in the city and beautiful countryside half an hour away from the city centre. There is something for everyone here, with the waterfront and the beach nearby, it’s a great place to socialise outside of your academic studies.

Did you find Northumbria University welcoming?

Yes. In my first year at uni I lived in catered halls, meaning that I had to make friends straight away. This was a bonus as it meant that I already met people. With it being catered I could go down for dinner and talk and socialise with other people.

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

I love studying Geography and the wide range of clubs and societies that you can be involved with. The city of Newcastle is great and has everything that you want a city to have. When I go home for the holidays I can't wait to come back!

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

There is a wide range of people that are available to talk to if you have any issues or troubles whilst studying here. All of my lecturers are friendly and operate an open door policy, and you can drop in to see them whenever you want.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

Many of my lecturers are inspiring and passionate about their work which comes across in their lectures. As well as this there are many students that are dedicated not only to their studies but to volunteering and societies.

What is your favourite place on campus?

The Students' Union. There is always something going on there, whether you want food or drink, a place to chill with friends or some advice and help there is always someone to give you a helping hand. All the people there are friendly and welcoming.

Have you joined any sports teams, clubs or been involved in any volunteer projects?  

I have been part of RAG and Welcome Week, which are both weeks full of volunteering and fun. You are put into teams and within those teams you go and volunteer, which allows you to become good friends with your team and you can also make other friends with other teams. You volunteer during the day and go out in the evening. As well as this I am involved with the Stitch, Bake and Bitch and the Geography Society, becoming part of the committee for both of these societies.

What is the best thing about your course?

I love studying Geography and it's a subject that I have always been passionate about. BSc Geography consists of a small group of students allowing us to know and get on well with the rest of our coursemates. We have a variety of teaching methods from lectures to small seminars to practicals, allowing me to get the best out of our lecturers and engage in all module areas.

What are the most valuable lessons you have learnt to date?

To be organised and pre-plan to allow you to gain the most from your time here.

What do you want to do in the future? What skills have you learned/improved that you think will be of most use in your future career?

I am unsure about what I want to do in the future, however I feel that I have gained invaluable skills for future employment over the two years that I have been studying here. As well as this I have taken part in volunteering projects, making myself more employable.

Have you taken up any opportunities to travel with your current course or undertake field trips? 

Doing a Geography degree, fieldtrips are a main part of my degree. In first year we visited Berwick, for an introduction to our degree and to get to know our coursemates. In the summer term we visited Pitlochry, Scotland, analysing the impact that tourism had on the area. In second year we went to Tenerife, looking at the formation of the island, its geology and learning techniques in the field that will be required in our dissertation projects.

If you could offer some advice to students thinking of coming to study here what would you say?

If you are willing to work hard, socialise and become part of many projects and volunteering then Northumbria is the place for you to study.

How do you feel you have changed as a person since being at Northumbria University?

Being at Northumbria and living away from home for the first time has allowed my confidence to grow. I have become more independent, having to manage not only studying and socialising but also cooking, washing and other household chores. This has allowed me to gain better time management.

If you had three words to sum up your time with us what would they be?

Fun, enjoyable, and challenging.

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?


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