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Isabella Difranco

BSc Sport and Exercise Science - Graduated June 2021, First Class Honours Degree.

MSc Physiotherapy at UEA

The first time I visited Newcastle University was in 2018 for the Sport and Exercise Science applicant day during the ‘beast from the east’ blizzard. Although the city was covered in white snow and I couldn’t distinguish the floor from the buildings, the degree course sounded perfect for me based on the friendly staff, the module content, and its links with the medical school which other sport science courses did not have. I returned to Newcastle during the spring to see the city properly and fell in love with its historical presence and vibrant lifestyle. I knew immediately this was the University for me so as soon as I got home, I put Newcastle as my first-choice University.

Fast-forward three years and I am now a Newcastle University graduate with a first-class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science. The degree covered a wide range of disciplines such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, psychology, and biomechanics in a range of settings from elite sports to public health and diseased populations. During my time at the University, I carried out many extra-curricular activities which enriched my experience such as visiting Chelsea FC, being chairperson of the student-staff committee and attending a local CrossFit box where I met lots of Newcastle locals!

Throughout the degree I developed a keen interest in sporting injuries, sports medicine, anatomy, and physiology which has inspired me to pursue physiotherapy post-graduate. I have been lucky enough to gain a place to do my MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy at UEA in Norwich which begins in February 2022. Between now and then I am volunteering with Cambridge City FC ladies first team, offering sport and exercise knowledge and input where possible.