My name is Ellie Vara and I’m currently studying BA English Language. I have found my time at Birmingham to be an extremely rewarding experience which I feel I have thrived in. Choosing modules of interest has allowed me to tailor the course to suit me.
In an attempt to make the most out of my University experience, I have involved myself in many activities outside of my degree. These vary from societies, being part of St.Mary’s Hospice fundraising society, to part-time work on campus working in the business, engagement and alumni office as a regular student caller. This is great because I get to speak to alumni of all ages about their experiences at the university!
I find the University facilities to be fantastic, particularly the Starbucks! The 24/7 library during the exam period is so useful when deadlines are round the corner. Other student support services I found to be helpful include the Guild’s Worklink and the Careers Network. I have had 4 part-time jobs across campus to help enhance my CV and help me pay my unwanted bills. Furthermore, the careers network have helped me in previous years with my CV and they have given me the confidence to go out and work in America for 4 months at a special needs respite camp for adults and children with profound special needs. Upon return to the careers network this year, I have been working on my interview skills and have been fortunate enough to get a place with a sustainable development charity to work in Nicaragua for 10 weeks over summer.
I really feel that the university has helped me to shape my future and I will be leaving here with much more than a degree (hopefully!).