Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Back in 2012, I played against the Loughborough football team while being with the Bolton Wanderers. I was told at the time that it was the best University for sports. Once I had my school diplomas, I thought this was going to be my next challenge before making it to the top level in football: being able to study and carrying on playing football at a high standard was key for me.
Human biology wasn’t originally my first choice of degree; I had wanted to do computer science and wasn’t accepted. But I’ve always had an interest in human biology, especially in regards to it being more complex than any technology so far, and chose to pursue my degree in this area because I felt understanding my body is likely to help me with my performance as an athlete.
What do you enjoy about your course?
Human Biology is a fantastic course because it makes you realise how wonderful and complex our bodies are. Being a course with modules such as Cell biology, Biochemistry or even Human Evolution or adaption, it allows us to take many routes after completion of the degree. Having practical sessions gives us an insight of what it is like working in a lab and is a plus for our CV (skills of using of micropipette, spectrophotometer, microscope...)
My favourite module on the Human Biology course is cell biology. There’re so many things in life that we do without giving any importance to the how and why, and learning cell biology helped me to answer some of those questions.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality so far has been of a high standards. They aim to challenge you and provide you the opportunity to ask questions and learn in an engaging environment. Especially with Dr Lindley and Dr Clemes; attending their lectures and labs, either in biochemistry, anatomy or physiology were really helpful.
What are some of the different things you can do on your course?
During the second year we are able to cross courses with the School, and take modules from other courses. This means that we can create a bigger network with more than just the people from our course. Also, we can take part in research projects for final year students.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
The Human Biology course is a really demanding course but with consistency of personal studies, it feels like it is really easy. I have been home schooled before coming to this course and with the quality and delivery of the teaching, the transition has felt very smooth. Lecturers and tutors are mostly available and open to discussions, and the facilities such as the library or computer room regularly schedule 24 hour access.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
I’m part of the AU football and futsal teams. I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’ve had high and lows, especially with football, but it didn’t stop me from giving my best in all areas of my daily life and enjoying the sporting atmosphere.
Being a Loughborough student is an absolute privilege. Knowing that many great athletes have been through here and became successful in their sport and degree is a daily motivation for me whenever I feel down. Plus, I've not had a day yet in Loughborough without having seen someone doing a physical activity. Being a Loughborough student is not just a title but a spirit, and Loughborough University’s good reputation is clear anywhere in the UK and abroad.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
If there is something to mention out of all the things I’ve seen that inspired me in Loughborough from pre-season this August until now is the “dedication”. There has not been a single day I’ve lived in Loughborough without seeing someone running. I used to go to the gym at 6:30 in the morning and by 7:30 it was getting crowded. I believe these little details boost your motivation back up if you are struggling.
Outside of sport, Dr Lindley asked us to critically think: for example if we were here to just pass the degree or act, and this has really inspired me to work hard.