Why did you choose St Mary's University?
I applied to five different universities. St Mary's was the first one I came to see. Straight after the Open Day, I said to myself, 'I am not going to see the other ones because I want to come here'. I felt a sense of belonging here and, after three years, it’s the best choice I ever made in terms of my education.
What about St Mary's made you feel like you belonged?
The lecturers explained that the university is smaller, which means you get more time and feedback from lecturers. Over three years, they kept their word. In my last year, I did my dissertation and I was talking to my lecturer every single day – about things to add, things to remove… So that was the real thing. I wanted to feel like a person and not a number.
What are your favourite things about St Mary's?
Just the overall place. It doesn’t feel like a university in the sense that there is so much green space, which plays a part in mental health as well because when I was in the library studying, sometimes after an hour or so, I would take a walk and it allowed me to clear my mind. It’s very quiet as well. It is very well-connected to the city, so if I wanna go to London, the train is there.
The people as well. Everyone is extremely friendly. I have made new friends, I worked as an ambassador, so it’s just the full environment here.
How has St Mary's helped you personally?
It showed me that there is a possibility in terms of jobs and courses and stuff. It showed me that I can do whatever I want to do and this place is here to support me.