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Andy Ebdale

Applied Sport and Exercise Science

Where are you from?

Washington

Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

Fantastic new sports facilities and excellent reviews online and from word of mouth.

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

Love it! Wouldn't swap it for any other place. I've visited other regions and none compare to the social, academic and friendly lifestyle of Newcastle. Whether it's playing football at one of the many football arenas, or watching my favourite team at one of the biggest stadiums in the country or having a few beers with the lads, Newcastle is by far the most enjoyable.

Did you find Northumbria University welcoming? Was it easy to fit in?

Pretty easy to fit in to be honest. I was greeted with kindness from all members of staff and help was always there when needed.

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

I think meeting new people would have to be the best part of university life. Sharing your experiences with other people who have totally different experiences. Presentations and such are perfect ways to get involved with people you will spend your life with for the next 3/4 years.

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

It would be hard to pinpoint one person as everyone I have asked for help, or guidance, has always willingly offered. Friends, tutors, receptionists etc, they have all been a massive help.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

Bit of a soppy one really. My Grandad died when I was in my first year of university and he always willed me on to do the best I could. And he has been my inspiration to achieve the best.

What is your favourite place on campus?

It's varied over the 3 years to be honest. The library has been my home in the 3rd year, so kind of got used to that. But there are many places to relax, habita, the numerous cafés around and even the city centre. Retail therapy is always there!

What is the best thing about your course?

It's something I love and enjoy. Regardless of the topic, but I just love learning new things about the body or the mind etc.

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

Time management is crucial. Plan early. Because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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 want to teach secondary school PE. This has been my sole aim single I was 16. And presentation skills, social skills and volunteering have all been valuable in helping me be a better person.

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

Come!! Get yourself here! The university doesn't have high reviews for no reason, it is what people say! Fun, enjoyable and you will learn so much about life and yourself.

How do you feel you have changed as a person since being at Northumbria University, Newcastle (e.g. confidence)?

I am extremely confident when it comes to presentations and my planning has been improved greatly.

If you had 3 words to sum up your time with us what would they be?

Valuable, enjoyable, beneficial

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

Totally!


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