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Chinazo Uzoamaka Okaro

Public Health

Mph Public Health Student Chinazo Uzoamaka Okaro 255Where are you from?

Nigeria

Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

I chose Northumbria University because I had read about it on the internet and saw that they offered an excellent MPH programme. I also loved the fact that it was in the North East of UK and it just seemed like a fun place and really appealed to my creative and adventurous side as well as academics.

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

Newcastle is a quiet place with friendly people and a superb night life. I love to walk around and shop at the numerous fabulous stores. It can be really cold and wet too but it is generally a nice place to study and explore.

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

I've been surprised the most by the importance attached to academic work.The advancement in terms of access to academic materials has impressed me the most.

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

I did find Northumbria University welcoming although it wasn't quite that easy to fit in at first mostly because things are a lot different here from what we have back home.

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

I've enjoyed learning and having great people in my life.

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

I would say the Church I attend, City church at Castle Gate and security because they always respond promptly when there is an issue.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

That would be my research lecturer, Therese Lewis. She's just fab!

What is your favourite place on campus?

The Students' Union. That's where a lot of fun events take place.

Have you joined any sports teams, clubs or been involved in any volunteer projects? Tells us about the highlights?

The African Caribbean society. Food events and general social meetings have been nice.

What is the best thing about your course?

The flexible timetable and encouragement from lecturers in getting on with academic work.

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

I have learned that life is all encompassing, academics, religion, social.

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?

Being confident and working effectively with others.

Have you worked on any projects with businesses or been on a placement? What were your most memorable experiences?

Group works in my course, joint work paid off.

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

Northumbria University is a great place, not just for academics, but for learning about life in general. Take things easy, don't be too hard on yourself but put in your best effort, it pays off!

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

I have been able to broaden my horizon and build confidence.

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

Educational, fun and satisfactory!

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

Absolutely!


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