D'Arcie is working towards her career goal of becoming a qualified occupational therapist.
'I chose Teesside University because of its reputation for its healthcare courses and the amazing facilities on offer for this field.'
I chose Teesside University because of its reputation for its healthcare courses and the amazing facilities on offer for this field. I was also impressed with the amount invested into the University’s general facilities such as the library. I went to interviews at other universities and felt that the atmosphere was so much better here. The campus is compact so everyone is in the same place and the Students’ Union is of a great standard for socialising and as a central hub.
The course is fantastic – a great mix of academic, University-based work and practical work through placements. All of the lecturers are experienced and have time for me. They are very approachable and genuinely committed to helping and guiding me through the course and into my career. The best thing about my course is going out on placement. Practical assessments, and the facilities to enable this, improved my practical skills.
I had two placements in my first year and one coming up for my second year. Being on placement is great – it allows me to put into practice the theory that I have learnt in University. I can experience actual clinical practice and gain new knowledge, whilst being guided by my placement educator.
My social life if good – I meet regularly with my friends to have a good catch up and the University is a great place for this. It is important to have a good work/leisure balance.
I am chair of the occupational therapy society and a peer-assisted study session leader.
Definitely. I wouldn't be able to get where I want to be without this degree. Teesside University has offered me so many opportunities so far. I’m a student ambassador which allows me to introduce international students to the University, help with open days and take activities in local schools.