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Sophie Jeffrey

Sophie is going into postgraduate study

Sophie  Jeffrey

BSc (Hons) Human Biology

‘I learned about the whole human body, from muscle groups to small chemical molecules. From this I found my skill was in microbiology and from there I knew what career I wanted.’

Why did you choose Teesside?

After I heard about the University when I was at James Cook University Hospital. I came to an open day and fell in love with the atmosphere on campus, it felt really homely and I knew it would benefit me in my future career.

Best thing about your course

I found that the course helped me to identify my strengths and I liked that I could tailor it to my interests. I learned about the whole human body, from muscle groups to small chemical molecules. From this I found my skill was in microbiology and from there I knew what career I wanted.

How did your time at University help prepare you for your career?

I’ve grown in confidence by taking on roles such as leader of the health MOTs, a team who provide a free health check for all students and staff on campus.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I hope to work for a company which provide a microbiology service. I aim to climb as high as I can to transfer my knowledge of the microbiology world down to those who want to follow in the same career pathway.

What did you enjoy most about Teesside?

I made lots of contacts and friends who have helped me progress in my career and are beneficial for my future. I’ve built a network of academics with varied subject knowledge.
I also enjoyed the social life with both the students and the academic staff.

Would you recommend Teesside?

Yes! I was given an amazing start to living away from home. I had so many opportunities to socialise and develop new friendships which will last a lifetime – it was so supportive and homely.
In my final year I struggled with anxiety and I went for help when things got too much – but nothing was helping. I then had counselling and thanks to the University’s counselling service they helped me get over and put my past behind me and helped me redirect my thinking to my positive future ahead. They provided me with coping mechanisms which have been wonderful and have helped me get past the hard times.