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Natalie Craven

Applied Sport and Exercise Science

Why did you choose to attend Northumbria University / come to Newcastle?

I loved the city everyone was so friendly and welcoming and it felt like a really safe place to be. It was also far enough from home to be able to go back to easily and yet feel like you were moving away from home and standing on your own two feet. The University its self was also really welcoming and I loved how compact it was, giving a real student feel. The course also offered exactly what I wanted and the grades needed were within my reach.

What were the highlights of your course?

The highlight of the course had to be the field trip it allowed us all to get to know each other really well while participating in sporting activities, which as sports students was a plus. The opportunity also allowed us to meet many of the lectures in a less formal environment which gave us the opportunity to generate relationships with them which developed into help on an educational level as a rapport had been generated. The other highlight is getting to work in the labs and do experiments, having real world exposure to testing the human body in terms of sports science has been fascinating and an experience I may never have again. Placement was also a highlight for me personally and opened my eyes to a career I had never though of and was a fantastic experience. It also allowed me to start networking and will hopefully benefit my future greatly.

How well did you get on with your tutors?

I feel I have got on with my tutors very well, they have all been happy to help when things have got tough. I feel I have got on with them on both a professional and a non-professional basis.

Did you undertake a placement?

In second year I did a six week placement at the Bamburgh clinic in Gosforth, this is part of St. Nicholas Hospital. The clinic is a medium security mental health unit for males. My placement was an amazing experience and gave me great insight into a career I had not though of before and was actually something I have gained a massive interest in. the opportunity also allowed for me to network and I was offered a job as a result of my placement.

What extra-curricular activities did you take part in?

While at University I have participated in extra curricular activities I have played for and captained Northumbria’s ladies lacrosse team which has been a fantastic experience and I have made many friends from.

What are your immediate plans upon graduating?

On graduating I am still unsure of what I want to do; I have a few areas of interest so I will hopefully look into possible job opportunities. I am also still in contact with the people where I did my placement and will possibly be applying for a job here if there is one. I have also considered possible doing a masters although haven’t given this much thought.

What do you see yourself doing in 5 – 10 years time?

In 5 years time I think I will have just settled on a career path weather this is towards mental health or sporting design I don’t know. I will be aiming to develop my specific knowledge in this field and working towards progressing through the organisation.In 10 years time I see myself in a stable job and developing my knowledge within the area, this will either be in the area of forensic mental health or in designing sporting garments and equipment.

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