11 May 2018
Placement Student Awards 2018: Bryany Cornish
Voting is now open for Loughborough University’s Placement Student Awards and students from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences make up four of this year's finalists. Over the next week we will be sharing profiles of each of them, starting with BSc Sport and Exercise Science student Bryany Cornish who spent her placement year working with Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport.
Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?
"I primarily chose Loughborough for the incredible sporting offer and, at the time, the opportunity it would give me to continue with my competitive swimming training at one of the best clubs in the country! However, the course itself was also a big driver in my decision. I really appreciated the variety of modules on offer, especially after the first year where we had the freedom to choose modules that we enjoyed or excelled at. This gave me the opportunity to shape my degree to suit my interests."
What made you decide to do a placement year?
"I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain a substantial amount of work experience, and put me ahead of other students when I graduated. However, I was also still unsure of the sort of career I wanted to pursue at the time, and I thought it would be an insight into the type of work that I could see myself doing."
What kind of things were you were involved with on your placement?
"I was lucky to work on many different projects whilst I was at Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport. I particularly enjoyed supporting the organisation of the 'This Girl Can' charity night - an evening of physical activity taster sessions for over 150 women! I also helped organise the 'Feel Alive From 65' celebration event (celebrating Leicester-Shire and Rutland's older athletes), and the Twilight Games programme which delivered adapted activities to the residents of care homes."
What part of the placement are you most proud of?
"I am most proud of successfully managing the GO GOLD programme, organising two presentation evenings for 70 of the talented athletes that LRS chose to fund last year."
What would you say to any students considering a placement year?
"Do it! I am so glad that I took a year out from studying to spend a year in industry. I learned so much that will supplement the skills that I have gained from my degree and it is already providing me with opportunities that I don't think would have been open to me if I hadn't done the placement. Also, the break from exams and coursework really gave me a push in terms of motivation for completing my final year."
What does the future look like for you?
"I want to work in Sport Development, but more specifically in the area of Physical Activity and Health. I want to support the development of programmes to increase the physical activity levels of communities, ensuring opportunities to be active are accessible to all!"
To show your support and find out more about Bryany and the other finalists in this year's Placement Student Awards, visit the website.
Voting closes at midnight on 12 June 2018.