Cassie came to Teesside because of its reputation for nursing programmes.
'I chose to study at Teesside as it is my local university, but it’s also well recognised and highly recommended – I’d heard good things about the nursing courses in particular.'
A degree is essential to help me meet my goal of becoming a nurse. I wanted to study learning disabilities nursing as this really interests me and is important to me – it will enable me to have an impact on the lives of others. I chose to study at Teesside as it is my local university, but it’s also well recognised and highly recommended – I’d heard good things about the nursing courses in particular.
Throughout my course I’ve enjoyed lots of things. The course includes many modules which have allowed me to identify my personal strengths and weaknesses, and the practice placements enable me to gain a range of useful experiences. The placement module has been my favourite, but through the course I’ve also developed an interest in research methods and analysis.
The campus is impressive – there have been a lot of developments in the short time I’ve been studying here. The services offered by the University are very useful, including student support services for academic and personal issues, and the library has a range of books, computers, and resources to aid learning.
As the campus is in the town centre, there are plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants within close proximity. Teesside is also an affordable area to live, with many shops and restaurants offering student discounts.
I’m part of the pole fitness club within the Students’ Union. The club has recently competed nationally and it’s a great way to have fun and get fit. The other club members are great and really friendly. I’m also a peer mentor for another student nurse in a different cohort; my lecturer set this up, and it’s a great way to share knowledge and help a fellow student.
I would recommend Teesside University and my course. I have enjoyed my time here as a student – I feel that the University has supported me well and provided the facilities and resources I need to achieve the best results possible. My course has provided me with a lot of career prospects and the academic staff I have worked with have all been great.
I’m due to graduate next year and I recently secured a job for when I qualify as a nurse – the job I have always wanted to do!
However, being at university has also provided me with insight into the future career prospects available to me as a nurse. It’s helped me to identify the things I am most passionate about and that I am best at. As I enjoy teaching others, public speaking, and analysing research, I hope to become a public health consultant in the future, and possibly a lecturer one day. This will require further education, but completing the nursing course has provided me with the ability to work towards these goals.