14 May 2018
Placement Student Awards 2018: Mollie Drew
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.
We caught up with one of them - BA English and Sport Science student Mollie Drew - to find out more about her placement year with the British Army's Health and Wellbeing Team.
Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?
"I spend my whole education aspiring to go to Loughborough University. So many people told me I would never achieve the grades I needed to get in. In the end it was my Dad who encouraged me to follow my ambition. It was, and still is, the best place to study Sports Science and at the time that was and still very much is one of my passsions. I decided to study English and Sport Science because I loved both. They are somewhat of a juxtaposition, but I've always found similarities between the two and sometimes they aren't obvious. It's a bit enigmatic, but that's what I like!"
What do you enjoy most about your course?
"Probably an obvious answer, but I love the variety. Both subjects continue to shock, inspire, surprise and intrigue me. What more could you want out of studying? I'll be sat in an English seminar discussing a theorist and then the next week the same person crops up in my Sports Science assignment. I think it is versatile, and brilliant."
What prompted you to do a placement year?
"I actually had no interest in a placement year. I am very lucky that a friend put me on to the Army position as she had heard about it in a placement talk. I was due to spend semester two of my second year in Australia (and ended up doing so), so I had tunnel vision in focusing on achieving the grades I needed to maintain my position on the Erasmus scheme. She came back from the talk adamant that it would be the perfect role for me, so I applied. The role did involve working with a lot of things I am passionate about and I think the more experience the better. I don't ever see anything as a waste of time because you learn from it, which is so important. New experiences and challenges are what shape you and it was going to give me a chance to improve my Sports Science knowledge and application further."
What were the highlights of your placement year?
"I got involved with absolutely anything and everything I could - whether it was participating in the Army Headquarters sports tournaments (and winning!), or attending very serious meetings (where I sometimes felt out of my depth). I said "yes" and asked what else there was I could do. I had the chance to get involved with some really interesting things, such as a study into the Female Endocrinology System in arduous training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and running large working groups/project days for up and coming projects. I am most proud of the team I worked with, how they received me, enabled me, and encouraged me in every way possible. I'm proud that I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them and even more so, to now have them as lifelong friends."
What would you say to other students considering going on placement?
"I'd say do it, even if you don't like it, nothing is permanent and as I said previously - you will learn from it in one way or another and all learning is a positive."
What do you hope to do in the future?
"I hope to apply to a Masters in Psychological Sciences at Queens University. This will give me British Psychological Society-accreditation, enabling me either to study a PHD and train to be a psychologist or work as an assistant psychologist and train under a mentor."
To show your support and find out more about Mollie and the other finalists in this year's Placement Student Awards, visit the website.
Voting closes at midnight on 12 June 2018.