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Alexandra Watson

Occupational Therapy

Why did you choose to come to Northumbria?

I came to a Northumbria University Open Day and loved the vibe that the University and city had. The city is small but mighty – it’s got a great nightlife and a friendly and fun atmosphere.

What was it about the course that appealed?

The course is diverse and consists of lectures, seminars and practicals. The practicals really interested me as I like to see things being put into practice rather than just lead the theory. Also over the three years there are five practice placements which means that I will have a wide and diverse experience of occupational therapy (OT) and be readily prepared for going out into the big wide world of OT.

How do you get on with your tutors?

I get on really well with my tutors. They are friendly, easy to contact and quick to reply if I have any questions or queries.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I love going out and dancing and having a fun time with my friends and making new ones along the way.

What’s your favourite thing about University?

The social aspect of university is definitely my highlight – everyone is in the same boat when they arrive so it doesn’t feel as scary. Also everyone is really friendly and is up for a chat.

And the city?

One of my favourite things about Newcastle is the Quayside (it looks lovely at night), and I love the nightlife, the accent, the shops and the people.

What’s your accommodation like?

I was in Claude Gibb Halls in my first year and would say to anyone coming to Northumbria to go into Halls – it’s very sociable and a great way of meeting people quickly.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

My plans so far, are to get a job as an occupational therapist in the UK, and after I have more experience and skills in OT I’m planning on going abroad to a developing country and using my skills there.

What three words would you use to summarise your time here?

Exciting, challenging (in a good way), fun.

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