I am such a big people person and long to transform the lives of those younger than me.
More about Elle
What inspired you to study your subject?
"English isn’t always thought of as being enjoyable and interesting by children in schools, so I wanted to change that pessimistic point of view and support those who long to be inspired too."
Why did you choose your course and NTU?
"I chose to study at NTU because it is home for me. I didn’t want to leave and NTU provided the right course for me to train to become an English Teacher without having to relocate."
What’s your experience been like of your course so far?
"I have enjoyed my course this year. I have found the staff to be supportive and empathetic as well as driving you to achieve your best.
One personal highlight of this year has been the alternative angles of assessment. For example, the Reimagining the Literary Canon module allowed us to think creatively to produce a blog and a transcript."
Have you been involved in any projects or extra-curricular activities that have supplemented your studies run through NTU?
"I was fortunate to be able to take part in a reading event for a day at a secondary school. It was daunting as it was my first experience going into a school from a different perspective however, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m excited for the next opportunity."
What does Social Sciences mean to you?
"To me, I am proud to be part of the School of Social Sciences. Training to become an English Teacher, I am such a big people person and long to transform the lives of those younger than me and in similar positions, I might have witnessed as a child."
Have you completed any work placements on your course?
"I haven’t completed a placement yet however, in a short amount of time I shall be going into a secondary school for my first ‘taster’. This was set up by my course leaders who have put me in touch with my placement school and mentor."
What do you think of the support available from tutors and staff at NTU?
"Your tutors and staff will move mountains to try and help you. You know you always have support from those around you and are always made aware that the staff will try their best to assist and encourage you."
Outside of the Lecture Theatre
Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?
"I thought I was going to struggle settling into University life as I thought everyone would be staying in halls. Turns out, all the friends I made commute to University making it easier to empathise and support each other."
The Next Steps
What’s next for you after NTU?
"Hopefully, after I finish my degree, I would love to spend a few months travelling and teaching in foreign countries as this is something I have always been passionate about. On my agenda are the likes of South Africa, Sri Lanka and India. Then hopefully I would like to come home and start my career as an English Teacher."
What top tips would you give anyone thinking about studying your course at NTU?
"Visit the University to get a taste of the campus and meet some of us on the course. It’s better to say you tried than regret it. If you know you want a career in teaching, I highly recommend getting in touch to find out more!"