School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


12 May 2018

Placement Student Awards 2018: Caroline Tarnowski

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 coming days we are sharing profiles of each of them. Today we talked to Caroline Tarnowski who spent her placement year with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

"I chose Loughborough because of the reputation the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has, with Loughborough being number 1 for sports-related subjects in the world. I play a lot of netball and Loughborough is obviously a great place to be for elite sport, but I also chose to study here because Loughborough offered the opportunity to undertake a placement year, which I knew before I came to university that I wanted to do, and many other courses didn't offer it."

What do you enjoy most about Sport and Exercise Science?

"One of the main reasons Loughborough's Sport and Exercise Science course appealed to me was the amount of practical and applied experience you get. I enjoy the range of topic areas that we are able to study and I particularly enjoyed carrying out my physiology research project this year."

Why did you want to do a placement year?

"I wanted to experience what it was like to be in the 'Sport Science' world of work, and how this could look for me following university. Careers in sports science are very competitive and I thought having a year's experience would enhance my chances of getting a job after graduation. A placement is a way of getting more practical experience and putting into practice what I had learnt during my first two years."

What were the highlights of your placement?

"The best thing for me was getting to work with elite athletes. We often travelled to teams - for example FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC - and carried out testing on the athletes there, and helped them to improve their performance through providing them with education feedback."

What is your proudest moment?

"I am most proud of presenting some of the research that I undertook at a globally attended conference in Germany (the European College of Sport Science Annual Congress 2017)."

What do you hope to do in the future?

"First of all, I will be completing the Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc here at Loughborough next year. And, after that, I hope to continue to work in the sport science industry. I would particularly like to work as a Sports Nutritionist with elite athletes. To help me towards this goal I have carried out an internship with Loughborough Sport this year as a Performance Nutritionist where I got to work with campus-based teams."

Finally, what would you say to other students considering taking a placement year?

"Just do it! It is definitely the best decision I've made and I have learnt so, so much from it. The first few weeks can be a bit scary, but once you settle into it, you will love it!"

To show your support and find out more about Caroline and the other finalists in this year's Placement Student Awards, visit the website.

Voting closes at midnight on 12 June 2018.