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Billy Scott

Where are you from?

South Shields 

Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

After leaving school I knew that I wanted to study Spanish at degree level, but I also knew that I wanted to stay close to home. After weighing up my options and seeing the great reviews and success that Northumbria had achieved regarding its language department, I knew that it was the right place for me! 

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

I love Newcastle. My family are all from here, and its only 10 minutes away from where I live. There's so much to do here, you get the perks of city life with the closeness and friendliness of a village. 

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

Again, being from here nothing surprises me with Newcastle - anything can happen! 

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

From the off we were welcomed, and everyone became very close in a short space of time. I'd put my life on saying that The MFL department at Northumbria is possibly the most close-knit of all! 

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

The thing I've enjoyed most is just being with such a laid-back and close group of people. Spending a year in Madrid as part of my course was the most amazing experience I've ever had. 

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

I don't think I could choose one person. All of the MFL team have helped me through every step of the way, whether that be academic or more personal things like arranging my year abroad. 

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

Again, choosing one person is impossible! Every person has inspired me in one way or another. 

What is your favourite place on campus?

I'd have to say the library. 

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

I wish I'd joined the rugby squad, but because of part-time work commitments I never had the chance to do many extra-curricular things! 

What is the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course is learning Spanish in a laid-back atmosphere and in a way that doesn't just improve language skills, but improves cultural awareness. 

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 still have no idea what I want to do in the future. I do know however that I want to continue using my Spanish.

Have you taken up any opportunities to travel with your current course/undertake field trips?  If so, please tell us about them.

As I mentioned before, I was given the chance to spend a year in Madrid and it was singlehandedly the most amazing year of my life. I wouldn't change a thing about it. 

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

Do it. Don't be put off by anything... and don't go to the other university in the city, this one is better! 

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

I've become a lot more confident, especially since my year in Madrid. The whole learning a new language thing really helps your communication skills in your own language too! 

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

Really, really good.

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

I certainly would.

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Instagram: @bilyjohnscott, Twitter: @Billazord


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