Name and course:
Charlotte White, BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)
Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust
Student Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust
Why did you choose to study at Aston?
I feel like it was best suited to me as it was one of the few universities that offer the course and I liked the fact it was a small campus university with a community feel but still just a few minutes’ walk away from the city centre.
How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?
Overall I thought the teaching was great at Aston, I especially loved the more practical side of our learning. You could tell you were being taught by well-established professionals who were passionate about their profession.
What was the highlight of your time at Aston?
I enjoyed all my time at Aston, different parts for different reasons. I really enjoyed second year as you were more settled and I was living with people I was familiar with. Although you also can't beat the excitement of first year!
How do you feel your placement prepared you for your future career?
I feel like my placement taught me a large part of the skill set necessary to be an Audiologist. Being able to learn in a professional setting gives you a better idea of what to expect in your professional role and enables you to engage with patients as well as develop your skills.
What was the highlight of your placement experience?
I really enjoyed being part of the department, seeing how audiologists work and learning about the practical side of the job role.
Were you involved in any student societies or extra-curricular activities?
I was briefly part of the Aston Go society joining in on several social gatherings which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also loved doing the Zumba classes on offer at the on-campus sports centre. A great way to stay active and meet new people.
How did you find the Aston campus experience?
I like the fact it was a small campus university as everything was so close by making things so much more convenient and it gave it that community feel.
What was the best thing about being a student in Birmingham?
Birmingham really is a student hub and has so much to offer as a city. From the Bullring to Star City or the Birmingham Hippodrome to the clubs on Broad Street. I really loved being in such a busy vibrant place. It's also so central and has great travel links with Grand Central (New Street) and the coach station.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston?
Just enjoy it! You only get to live it once so make the most of it.
What would be your top recommendation to new students on what to do or see in Birmingham?
Birmingham is great for shops as you have places like the Bullring of course. There's also lots to do at places like Star City which has bowling, cinema, laser tag and rock climbing! There's also a great theatre scene with the Hippodrome and the New Alexandra theatre plus a whole variety of different restaurants.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a first year student, what would it be?
Take every opportunity you can and cherish every memory.
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