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Anna Currie

Human Nutrition

What appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?

I am originally from Carlisle which is only about an hour away. Northumbria University appealed to me as it was quite close to home and I have family living in the area. When looking at Nutrition courses all over the country, Northumbria's appealed to me the most and after I had visited an Open Day I just knew I wanted to study here.

What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed?

I have been interested in nutrition for a very long time and it took me a while to realise that I wanted to go to university and study the subject. When I visited the university and had a tour around the areas I would be working in, I loved the sophisticated vibe I felt from the buildings, the lecturers were so helpful and really explained what the course would entail. I love being at university and although I will be sad to leave, I am very much looking forward to qualifying and securing a job.

What qualifications did you have?

I applied through UCAS and as I did not do a science subject at A level, I did an Access course in Human Biology the year prior to commencing university in which I received a distinction.

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

Scared and nervous, but it didn’t last long, my flat mates were great, the other people I met during the first week will be friends for life and once I started my course I felt so proud of myself for being at university.

What do you like most about the course?

I like the variation, one day I’ll be in a lecture, the next I’ll be in the laboratory, kitchens or giving a presentation.

How do you get on with your tutors?

I feel that I get on with my tutors very well. As my course only has 10 people on it in total we are a small group and I find that very comforting.

Do you have the opportunity for any work placements during your course?

Yes, I am currently applying to quite a few placements both locally and further afield. Wish me luck.....

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I really enjoy going to the gym, exercise classes and swimming. I love snowboarding and am a member of the Snow Sports Society. I have a part time job in a bar and also work for the university as a student rep. I love living in Newcastle, everything is so close and easily accessible which makes getting to know the area very simple.

What’s your accommodation like?

In my first year I lived in Camden Court which was great, the en-suite was a big advantage. I now live in a flat towards the Quayside which I just love and am very happy living in with my three flat mates.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

There are so many options for me to take once I qualify. I would love to set up my own nutritional business one day but would like to complete a Masters programme related to nutrition too.

Have you used Student Services during your course?

I have used the Student Services facilities many times. The Careers Centre are so helpful and they really know what they are talking about.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course, or for university in general?

If you want to attend university put all your efforts into it, coming to Northumbria was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Keeping on top of your work and managing your money will make university life much easier and much more enjoyable.

What three words would you use to describe your time at Northumbria?

Fun, challenging and rewarding.

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