Aislinn Linguistics with French BA Honours

Why did you choose Newcastle?

I chose to apply to Newcastle because it has such an excellent academic reputation, and it offered the course I wanted with a wide range of modules and world-leading researchers.

When I came to visit, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that Newcastle was the place for me - the campus immediately felt like a home, the city is just gorgeous and I was as impressed with the facilities.

How have you found the course so far?

I absolutely love my course! This semester I'm doing modules in syntax, phonetics and phonology, the nature of language, French general language and French history, politics and society. Some of the linguistics is quite challenging, but I love it when it all comes together, and French is just brilliant, especially the history module which is all about the 1789 Revolution - it's so interesting!

What are the facilities like?

I have two 'homes' here - the Percy Building (English) and the Old Library Building (Modern Languages). The Percy is great, it's got really funky express computer stations and a computer cluster and loads of comfy seating space. The lecture theatres and seminar rooms are really nice too. The Old Library Building is also great, especially the Language Resource Centre, which is full of language resources and you can watch foreign news channels there too. It's an amazing facility.

What do you think of the city?

It's beautiful. The architecture is all so gorgeous, it gives the city a really nice atmosphere. Newcastle's a great size - small enough that even a country girl like me can find her way around easily enough, but big enough not to lack in anything you want. The nightlife is amazing too, and the Quayside is one of the most stunning places I've ever seen!

Where Do You Live?

I live at St Mary's in Fenham. It's a 40-minute walk from campus, but if you get a bus pass travel is easy, and buses are frequent. The accommodation is really lovely, and very cheap! The common room is great, and my room is massive which is nice! Some of the flats have been refurbished too so they have brand new kitchens and bathrooms which definitely makes it more homely. St Mary's is perfect for me, as it's the best of both worlds - surrounded by fields and cows, but also only a 10- minute bus ride from the city centre.

How do you spend your spare time?

I play guitar, and I like going out at night occasionally, but I also love my nights in with films - me and my friends are on a horror movie marathon at the moment!

What is the best thing about being at Newcastle?

Being part of a student community at an amazing university, in an amazing city. You can't beat it, I love it here.