Meet the Bloggers


Dan B
My name’s Dan

I am currently in the third (and final) year of an BA (Hons) Events Management degree at the University of Greenwich. I’m a mid (well late actually, but who’s counting?) thirties bloke who’s having his mid life crisis a decade early, while proving it’s never too late to go back to school! Having spent two decades behind bars (as a pub landlord, not at Her Majesty’s Pleasure you understand) it was time for something completely different… hence I have embraced all facets of University life during the three years of my degree (although my all night partying had its heyday in the late 80’s).   


I’ve been living in London on and off for nearly 20 years, the last decade in East London, so the thought of travelling south of the river to University galled me at first, however the Greenwich Campus, and the University’s involvement in the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics, particularly pertinent to the Events Management sector (along with the work opportunities this will hopefully provide), quelled my fears. 
This is my second time at University, as I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Thames Valley University in West London first time around, straight after my A levels (bar the obligatory gap year travelling!). I’ve experienced University life from both ends of the spectrum, and this time it is about a new challenge, a change of direction and the chance to be involved in a new and burgeoning industry. I’m enjoying my time here SO much I am considering staying for another year, maybe an MA in Events Management, or a PGCE so I could qualify to lecture in the subject… I may never end up leaving!
 
Aside from studying, I am also an Ambassador, representing the University at numerous events, alongside working in the Enquiry Unit, helping applicants with any queries regarding the University. Occasionally I undertake freelance events work, however this is mainly during the holidays, in Ski Resorts during the winter and Ibiza throughout the summer…it’s a hard life! 

Outside of University and work, my main interests are going to gigs and festivals and snowboarding, both of which I pursue as often as time (and unfortunately more importantly, money) allows. Most of my friends outside University are now married with kids, moving to suburbia and having dinner parties (not really my scene), so perhaps I returned to study to retain a tenuous link to my youth, who knows?

Not much else to say, other than mention my longstanding addiction to caffeine,  for which I am famed, and can assure you was not resulting from working through the night to meet coursework deadlines, but engraved on my psyche at a young age…

I’ll try to keep this updated regularly, salient, pertinent and hopefully occasionally amusing. No promises though…
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Samantha

Hello World

Hi, I’m Samantha and I’m a second year BSc Web Technologies student. I’m far more techie than I am arty and much prefer playing around in Adobe Dreamweaver than I do Adobe Photoshop. Outside of Uni I like watching films, mostly I like scary/horror films, but 3D animated films are always good (what I’ve liked to call “research” for my elective this year – not that I really need an excuse to watch a good film). My favourite website is CSS Zen Garden (http://www.csszengarden.com/) that’s got lots of inspiring CSS design work and is a constant reference for good coding practice for me.
I still haven’t decided what I want to do with my degree when I graduate, but I’ve got lots of ideas.  I might go on to do a Masters in... something web related. Probably. Although lots of people have suggested I’d be great teacher, so maybe a PGCE is for me. To quote Recycle Now “The possibilities are endless”!
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Farhana
About Me!
My name is Farhana. I am a second year Maths student. I am representing the University of Greenwich.
I feel extremely lucky to be a part of this university, as it’s a credit to me. Having had a successful first year, I am determined to study even harder and achieve the best marks possible.  Studying at this university means a lot to me as it enables me to further my studies in the field of mathematics.
Attending lectures and tutorials can be a bit tiring considering that my lectures are 2 hours long and then I have a 1 hour tutorial straight after.  However no one said that studying was going to be easy. So I just have to get on with it, try my hardest and hope for the best.
I really enjoy reading in my spare time (ironic I know since I’m studying maths) but oh well! My favourite author is J K Rowling. I have read all the books and look forward to watching the first part of the final book.
I hope you enjoy reading my blogs!
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Remco
ABOUT ME

My name is Remco and I am from the Netherlands. Last year, I joined the enquiry unit and I love being part of this team.  Every day is different and some calls are hilarious (in a positive way)! I just graduated from an Events Management course, but will study a PGCE next year to try to become a teacher.

I have been in England for three years now and I still love it! I met loads of new people and now have friends in and from Russia, Australia, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, Poland, Ireland, Pakistan, Italy… &….  Afghanistan. In other words, working for and studying at the University of Greenwich is very interesting and I am loving the different types of food, humour and everything else!!!  

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Jerushah

Hello !

My name is Jerushah and I am a masters student with the School of Science.
I have had many incarnations over the years, from processing geophysicist to primary school teacher. Currently however, I am studying for a masters by research focussing on climate change in the Quaternary period.

I spend many hours of my week looking down a microscope in a lab to identify pollen grains and diatoms (dear little microscopic organisms which are very pretty and resemble bottle tops and Christmas crackers!). Less frequently I am found wading around in peat bogs and coastal mud flats... It must be said that since finishing my postgraduate diploma in Petroleum Geology in 2002, I have been feeling there was a gap in my life that I couldn’t quite put my finger on...  and I’ve only recently realised that it is having a good excuse to get my hands dirty !

I am thirty something and still misspending my youth! I am really into my music and spend a lot of time listening to vintage soul and reggae, plus current R &B.  Have a look at my  blog at http://www.suug.co.uk/ for my regular 'record of the week' slot. With regards to my music taste, my daughter’s favourite saying is ‘Turn it down Mum ! It’s hurting my ears !’

My other (extremely serious!) habit is cricket (watching, listening, reading about etc.). On a lot of weekends in the summer you can find me in my regular spot on the top floor of the Tavern Stand at Lord’s being extremely starry eyed. I am sure a few of my cricket anecdotes will work their way into my blogs, and with lots of matches coming up in the near future I'm bound to have a few more...

Happy clearing everyone ! Jerushah x
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Razmin
Me Me Me !

If I had to sum me up? I would say that I’m a 20 something year old that shares strong personality traits from the character Monica from Friends.

And then if I had it my way? Well let’s just say the world would be a better place for me.

Okies more about me rather than what I want, as the list is very long.

I’m a student at the University of Greenwich studying on the MA English programme. My masters focuses on Literary London and how the representation of the city can be found in novels, films, music and all things that can be anaylsed. I also work for the university within the Enquiry Unit and sometimes as an Ambassador. Its an excellent way to promote the university to prospective students and give them a taster on how university life is.

One of the main reasons I decided to study the MA is due to the experience I had with the university. I also completed my BA and PGCE here. At times it feels like I have been here forever and it’s probably because I have. However I have to say, I think I like the idea of studying more than studying itself.

Don’t worry all this will have paid off, I mean with education, experience and age comes all this worldy wisdom which I have obtained and only too happy to share. But unfortunately it means I need to start becoming serious and as the end of my course is coming in September I need to start looking for a full time job. Boohoo no more living the easy life.

Finally I just want to say enjoy the blogs peeps and let us know if there is any specific topic of student life you want us to cover.
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Dan L
Hi!
My names Dan and I have recently finished my degree in BSc Games and Multimedia Technologies. Looking back at the start of my journey (yes journey, its corny but hey it has been!) I do realise how lucky I have been. Firstly to get a place onto my programme but also to follow a subject that I really love. Over the three years uni has not only given me great friends, but great lecturers and soon my 2:1 degree! The reason I chose my degree was it more aimed towards designers rather than programmers which is a good thing as my drawing is much better than my coding! Anways I have big ideas that never really can get squashed down into actual ideas but I like to think it makes me an optimist. Finally I am now finishing up my life at university :( and now applying for jobs in the industry; wish me luck!!!
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Hannah
Why hello there, my name's Hannah I am a 22 yr old, third year law student studying at the amazing University of Greenwich, at the infamous Greenwich campus.  So despite studying law, and it seeming as though being a lawyer would be the most obvious career path, I have absolutely no idea what I will exactly do with this degree. Although this may sound worrying to you, I’m not quite at that stage of panicking (unlike my parents who think I should have had the whole career thing sorted by 16!) but put it this way, I like to keep my options open........ and as we all know the possibilities are endless!!!! (to quote recycling and Samantha)
I’ve lived in London all my life, and to be quite frank would find it very hard to leave, I’m completely in love with the whole hustle and bustle London accommodates, I’m originally from west London but now live in south east so I’m very close to the university. There’s not really much to tell you about me, apart from I think I’m hilarious but I’m sure the bloggers will have something to say about that, and I’m sure the little taste of my humour I’ve blessed ya with in this passage illustrates what they have to deal with on a day to day basis. I looooove movies....I’m a self confessed movie buff and I loooove living by myself, the combination of being a movie buff and living by yourself I think run hand in hand, they both equate to spending a lot of time alone lol. This being said you can find me at my parents house every weekend, being the best daughter in the world by sponging off them, and before you ask....yes they love me very much!!! I’d like to think I’m an avid gym goer, however truth be told I literally started like a week ago, but I’m adapting the healthy body healthy mind theory.
So this is how dedicated I am to this university, not only it is my place of study it is also my place of work. Us bloggers are all part of the greatest team ever.....THE ENQUIRY UNIT! We are a mixture of past and present students as mentioned on our homepage, who come together, in a superhero kinda way (capes an’all)  to make sure the path that lays before you on the way to university is completely clear and obstruction free lol!!! Now work is going to be even more fun as clearing is about to begin, meaning it’s going to be hectic round here, manic even........can’t wait, plus there’s going to be new people working with us for the duration of clearing so we’re gonna get to meet loads of new people, new people to torture my humour and general random self with....as you can get bored torturing the same ol’ faces.....JOKING my fellow bloggers, love you all!!
Speak to ya soon!!
P.s. In true Hannah style....hope everyone is getting their tan on!!!!
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Sonia
Hello everybody!

I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, to begin with my name is Sonia and I am studying a course at the University of Greenwich called ‘BA (Hons) Education Studies,’ I am currently in my final year, which has just come to an end L but the good news is I shall be graduating with a 2:1 so happy days! J Future plans involve studying a PGCE at primary education level, and then go on to become a teacher. *fingers crossed!*

I work for the Enquiry Unit, I joined the team in 2009 and I love working here, I get to communicate with all different types of people and offer my assistance to any questions they may have. Clearing 2011 is finally here, although I did not go through clearing my self to come to university, having worked during clearing and solving different problems, I can understand the emotions applicants go through around this time. However, fear not we are all here to assist you with any questions you may have about courses, fees, attendance and much much more!
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I do hope this blog page will help people to understand clearing a little better, and what is on offer, it will be an adventurous journey that the Enquiry Unit will be taking you on, to give you a wider picture of clearing and uni life.

Enjoy!

Sonia x
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Rukon
My story so far....

Hello everyone and welcome to my blogs page - representing the University of Greenwich!!!

I hope the information here helps you get an insight into university life and that it helps you in making decisions for your future (hopefully choosing the uni of Greenwich to study your ideal course). I will try my best to ensure it is updated regularly so bear with me.

First of all, my name is Rukon and I am a second year student studying BA Hons Accounting and Finance (time’s flying to be honest). Most of my mates call me a typical university student who always attends lectures/tutorials and who does not want to get into trouble when it comes to submitting coursework on deadline day. This is completely true as I always work ahead and hardly take any risks. I forgot to mention that I got into this uni by applying through UCAS. I got the grades to study the course I really wanted to do.

My first year at this uni went really well because I got the chance to meet new people from all backgrounds and also I knew most of the key topics in modules due to the fact they were taught at college A-Level. So basically, I had an advantage. But, this is not the case this year because it is a big jump from first year. Its tougher. The modules are harder and it does require a lot of work in order to achieve good grades. Luckily, I do not have any coursework now to do because it is all done and dusted. Just the key exams left now which are going to take place in May. So, I am on the verge of starting my revision now from my first semester topics.

Second year is tough so it is advisable to have time available to just go through things at your own pace.

Some people hate attending lectures but for me I find it alright because the course I do involves a lot of problem solving and number work. I am paying tuition fees to the uni so I might as well attend and be rewarded at the end - achieving fantastic grades. It is worthwhile to attend these lectures but it is entirely up to you because no one can force you to attend, I mean no one (but for tutorials, you have to for registration purposes).
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Alice

About Me
My name is Alice and I am about to start my final year of a three year Masters degree in Therapeutic Counselling. As my children are now 29 and 26 I fit into the extra mature category! I left my Australian homeland in 1978 to discover more about my heritage as a first generation Oz and haven’t got around to going home yet – despite the lovely UK weather and stony beaches!

I left school at 16 with few qualifications. After 3 years doing the most boring job in the world relieved only by a hectic social life, I trained as a nurse. With no careers guidance, I thought it was the only way to get paid while gaining a qualification useful for travelling. A year after completing my course, I took off for London, travelled around Europe in a VW bug with a fellow Oz, then returned to London to study midwifery. After 5 years working in the NHS while the children were very young, I set up an independent practice with a friend. I had a wonderful 18 years of rushing around London on a big black motor bike working with women planning home births. They were such fun years, until I began to tire of the constant on calls and the unpredictability of my life. I wasn’t bouncing back quite as quickly after sleepless nights with labouring woman as I had been during my earlier partying years! After a stint as a breast feeding midwife in a central London Hospital, I decided on a complete change of career.

While Jack and Kate studied their A levels and GCSEs I obtained my BSc Anthropology at Goldsmiths College while still running the midwifery practice. That was such a hectic time as we fought over house work and computer access. Cleaning became a thing of the past and our house resembled Miss Haversham’s by the end of it all! 

…but I was still not finished with studying! I have always been interested in the way people tick and the transformative effect of life events. I chose this programme for its integrative nature with the additional bonus of it being almost on my doorstep.  Although a complete roller coaster at times, overall I have never regretted my decision to come back to study and Greenwich is a great place to do it  I combine my academic study with a stained glass evening course, running community textile art projects and working in the university Enquiry Unit.... but more of that in my blog so read on…..
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Saziye

About Me

Hi everyone! I guess it makes sense to start off saying I’m 21 years old and in my final year of BA media and communications. I’ve been living at McMillan throughout my time at University Of Greenwich, experiencing the hyper, anxious (and ready to party till they drop) freshers, as well as the old timers (who seem to be tranquil in comparison). Being in my final year is starting to worry me; I am panic stricken as I’m still not sure what I want to do but I can say I desire to do either two jobs as a career; journalist or social anthropologist. Even so, it’s my final year, end of student life; this job is going to do good for me, because student life ends for us all at some point, afterwhich we will aim to adjust to the coercions of a 9 to 5 job. I am also a student ambassador, giving me a chance to express my strong views on the benefits of Higher Education, whilst now being employed into the enquiry unit. I will be blogging to share my experiences over the year, from the hard work of consequently being in my final year, to the late nights of student events and parties, so keep a look out for more.
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Sharat

About Me

Hi! My name is Sharat I’m a 2nd year student studying Multimedia Technology. I came to the University of Greenwich as a mature student looking for change in career. I was previously a navigation officer in the merchant navy and did that for almost 10 years. It was an amazing job but being away from home for long periods of time started to become really irritating as I found I was missing out on so many things at home. During my time in the navy it wasn’t all bad. I got to travel all over the world and meet many people from all walks of life. By the time I was 25, I had managed to set foot on every continent (almost twice in some cases).

After my last trip, which was just under 11 months, I decided I had had enough and quit my job. I decided to come to the University of Greenwich to study Multimedia Technology as I had a developed a keen interest in photography and when I was home, also used to work with my best friend who was a DJ at the time. I used to create lightshows with various special effects for his gigs at a number of clubs and bars in Essex and managed to turn it into quite a profitable business. I felt that this course would help me develop my skills and also provide me with a professional qualification in this field.
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Monique
My name is Monique and I want to inspire you to become a student of Greenwich if you already aren’t and if you are, it’s a pleasure sharing my experiences of Clearing with you. 
I fell in love with Greenwich University at an Open Day in 2009 and dashed to accept my unconditional offer on the Tourism Management course after experiencing the tremendous history and beauty of the Maritime Campus where I would be based. Tourism is quite close to my heart; it’s not about selling airline tickets or booking hotel reservations. Tourism is looked at from an in-depth academic perspective where trends and themes associated with sustainability and globalization issues are dear to my heart and are also significantly important to the future of the industry. I absolutely adore it as nerdy as I sound, and hope to progress on to a Masters degree program as soon as I graduate.

There is no looking back and I hope to take you with me on my journey so we can experience the joys (and occasional sadness) of being a student together. There is so much I have to share and, being an international student, my perspectives may be somewhat new, exciting or, for some people, quite bland compared to the offerings of others. University life is not a walk in the park, especially after the first year, but as my Granny's saying goes 'what you reap is exactly what you sow'.  There will be parties, boy/girlfriends, shots at the student union and lots of fun in-between, but taking studies at this level means a lot of determination, hard work and ambition to ensure you are on top with a first class degree.
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Blaze
About Me!
Sawubona – ‘Greetings’ in Zulu!
Hello! My name is Blaze and I have just finished my second year of studying BA H Drama and English at the University of Greenwich. I travelled from my home town in sunny South Africa to study at Greenwich and I am enjoying every minute at this wonderful institution!
One of the main reasons I chose the University of Greenwich was the great diversity that I could see on campus. The university has students from across the world hence a great mix of international and home students. Studying has been an opportunity that has truly opened my eyes to new experiences and a way of interacting with people from all walks of life.  My course is what one refers to as a joint or combined honours degree – meaning that half of the course is a component of English and the other taken from the school of Drama. The combined honours option is the perfect choice for me as it enables me to study my two favourite subjects simultaneously! Many of the Schools offer a combined honours route in many subjects, so it might be worthwhile to take a look at our website to see our degree options.
I am a Student Ambassador at the university, which means that I promote, not just, the University of Greenwich but also the general progression of local students into higher education.  The university has many wonderful opportunities to get involved with the community and students in the local area.  The JobShop is the part of the university that is responsible for hiring students for various jobs and is way of gaining work – which is great for extra cash and your CV.
One of my main hobbies is going to the theatre; whether it is watching a small intimate show or a large West End production…I love it all! Another reason why I chose to attend Greenwich is its proximity to central London. I study on the Maritime campus which is in Zone 2 of London, meaning it is a very easy commute into central. Greenwich for me is the best of both worlds, I have the serenity of the River Thames and Greenwich Park, which covers almost 183 acres, but at the same time I have the bustle of the city centre on my doorstep…perfect!
I hope you enjoy reading my blog just as much as I will enjoy writing it! I will try my best to keep you up-to-date on all the latest information! If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on our email courseinfo@gre.ac.uk or give us a call on 020 8331 9000 J
Enjoy reading J
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Taz P
About Me

My name is Tasneem and I am a University of Greenwich student studying my masters in Literary London. I have been a student at Greenwich for a few years now; I completed my undergraduate degree in English and then completed my PGCE in the Lifelong Learning sector. As well as studying at the University I have also had the opportunity to work for the University at the Enquiry Unit and also as an Ambassador.
I hope to share my experience of Clearing with you all through my blog and hopefully it will help and enable you to make the right choices in life. I applied to study for all three degree programmes at the University of Greenwich through Clearing and have completed them successfully. Although at first I wasn’t too sure if I was making the right decision the Enquiry Unit was able to assure me and aid me in making the right decision. Applying through clearing has definitely worked for me and so here I am working for the enquiry unit hoping that everyone gets the same opportunity that was given to me.
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Nicola
A little about me!

Hi, I’m Nicola and I’ve just finished the second year of BSc Psychology degree. I’ve enjoyed the first two years of my degree but now getting nervous to start year three and my dissertation. When I complete my degree I will be applying to do a master’s at the University of Greenwich as I have enjoyed my time here and don’t want to leave.
While studying I also work as a student ambassador promoting the University of Greenwich and my psychology course. I also work in the Enquiry Unit where I answer people’s questions about the university. Early Clearing has started so the phones are busy but if you do have any questions or need help give us a call.
Nicola x
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Niquel
About Me!!

My name is Niquel I'm studying BA Hons Business Management. I’ve finally finished 2nd year then I remembered I still have one year to go! L  I entered the university through UCAS and I was lucky enough to receive a conditional offer. Despite all the hard work and an amazing 10,000 word dissertation in the not so far future, I love university life and I’m sure when I’m all done and graduated I’ll want to come back and be in a two hour lecture where I’m completely lost because I wasn’t listening for the first half of it!
I was not born in the UK so living in London excites me; although I’ve lived here for the majority of my life, the different cultures and ethnicities keep me interested and wanting to experience more. I’m a regular traveller and have experienced the remarkable cultural differences of countries such as Morocco, Portugal, The United States and a few Caribbean islands. Once I’ve graduated I will love to return to my native Trinidad and Tobago and re-learn my countries culture and in the process open my business.
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Tiffany
Hola, my name is Tiffany and I have recently completed my studies in Human Nutrition (3 year degree). My choice of degree has stemmed from my LOVE of food and a keen interest in Science. I truly enjoyed my course to the absolute core and my advice to those of you who are unsure of what to study at university is to choose something that you are definitely passionate about. As I love food so much, there is no surprise that my favourite past time is eating. I enjoy eating at amazing restaurants such as Ping Pong for scrumptious Dim Sums and Zizzi for tantalisingly good Italian food. I also enjoy travelling and experiencing new cultures, in the past year I have visited Rome and Portugal. In the next couple of months I am looking forward to Clearing (pre-clearing kicking off from July 18th), my Graduation (26th of July) and Sensations all White party (13th August). From October onwards I hope to visit my family in Jamaica and enjoy a much deserved break. After the sunshine and rest I will be applying for MSc in Dietetics at King’s College for the September 2012 intake. Bring on the Summer!________________________________________________________________
Rachel
Hello dear reader,
My name is Rachel and I am 33 years old. I am currently undertaking an MA in English, Literary London to be precise. I originally hail from Leicester (known affectionately as the ‘Shire’). I decided to study in London, Greenwich University specifically, due to the wonderful surroundings here; Christopher Wren’s magnificently designed buildings, the open green expanse of the park and also the close proximity to the Thames. Greenwich truly is an idyll nestled in this otherwise dizzyingly fast-paced metropolis.