Eva - Graduate Ambassador

Eva Dring - one of the Graduate AmbassadorsAge: 22
Home town: Southport, Merseyside
Studied: Linguistics with French

When I was narrowing down Universities for my UCAS application, Newcastle was always one of my top choices due to its reputation of offering a great student experience as well as being a top academic institution. Attending a Visit Day helped me decide that Newcastle University was where I wanted to study. I loved the University buildings and grounds, and was really impressed by the facilities such as the Library and Sports Centre. The city felt so lively and welcoming that I could easily see myself calling Newcastle home.

Studying Linguistics with French allowed me to focus most of my time on studying language through English, but also to keep up my French without the pressure of having to write too many essays in a foreign language. The opportunity to spend my third year in a French-speaking country really appealed to me, and although planning for moving abroad was terrifying, it was such a worthwhile experience and really improved my French. I missed Newcastle though and was determined to make the most of my final year when I returned.

Alongside my degree, I was part of several student societies, including the University Jazz Orchestra and Theatre Society. Additionally, I worked for University in my final year as a Student Ambassador and student caller for the Annual Fund Phonathon. These jobs gave me a valuable insight into how the University functions as a whole, and also allowed me to improve my knowledge of current issues relating to Higher Education, as well as my communication and presentation skills. I hope to continue developing these skills throughout my year as a Graduate Ambassador, during which I hope to share my own positive student experience to help prospective students think about whether an investment in Higher Education is right for them.

My top three tips for prospective students are:

  1. Get involved in activities at Freshers' Week and go to the Fresher's Fair (lots of free goodies!)
  2. Take your student card everywhere, lots of places do student discount including restaurants.
  3. Buy a cookery book!