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Evangeline Holland

Evangeline is passionate about working with children and is moving closer to her goal of becoming a teacher.

Evangeline Holland

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

'I am so glad I chose to come here, the University has helped shape me into the person I am today.'

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

Before coming to university I spent a year voluntary teaching in Namibia. While overseas I found a passion in teaching and decided to get a degree to help pursue this. I decided to study at Teesside because the University was so supportive and friendly when I was applying and trying to decide where I wanted to go. They even offered me advice on other universities so when it came to making my decision Teesside were really helpful. This got me thinking about how the University would be when writing assignments - if they were this supportive about applying there would be so much more there if I was a student here.

What's your course like?

My course is everything I wanted and more! I was worried when I first started because I had no prior GCSE or A-levels related to my degree choice. But the staff on my course were amazing at making myself and my fellow students feel welcome and supported. My favourite module so far has been Language and Literacy in the Early Years. It has been fascinating to learn how we develop language acquisition and what comes before phonics and reading and writing - it has really been an eye opening module.

Have you done any work experience, or participated in any volunteering activities?

Since coming to study at Teesside my opportunities have grown. I have worked on placements in schools, nurseries and began volunteering for a vulnerable children's charity. I have become a student ambassador and from this gained further experience working with children and young people, both in and around schools. I became a student representative, which has given me both management and leadership skills I can take with me to a classroom setting. Teesside is a place that offers wonderful opportunities, as long as you are willing to put the effort in they will put the effort in for you.

What is your social life like?

I like to keep busy, whether it is socialising with friends, going on student nights out, spending time in the gym or out volunteering and working. I’m also a member of the University’s rowing team which has led me to meet a bunch of wonderful people and friends who will stay friends for life.

What are your future plans?

My future aspirations are to become a teacher. Where and when, I'm not too sure yet. You never know what opportunity or experience will come knocking and change your whole future. But at the moment I hope to become a primary school teacher. I have plans to stay at Teesside and do a master’s in early years education and then go on to get my PGCE.

Has your time at Teesside University helped you to get closer to your goals?

My time at Teesside so far has helped me to get closer to my goals. I am so glad I chose to come here, the University has helped shape me into the person I am today.