Team of 10/11


Greetings all,

I’m Kathy, a third year student of English Language and Literature. Naturally, I love books and usually read two or three a week, providing I have the time. When I’m not at university, I work as a librarian.
I’m also the President of the Rock Society, from which I’m sure you can garner that I’m into rock music. Not rocks themselves. That’d be silly, though I have asked people asking me if that’s what the society’s about in the past.
When I graduate (a daunting prospect to say the least), I want to be a writer. I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl, my magnum opus being ‘Land of the Ice Dragons’, which I wrote when I was five. It was a groundbreaking piece of work that didn’t actually have any dragons in it. Since then I’ve moved on to more grown up fare: blogging, fiction, and journalism. I write for the Courier on a regular basis, mostly for film, though I did have a column on alternative life in Newcastle last year. Hopefully this’ll make for a decent portfolio.
Oh and I’m a colossal nerd, which I’m sure you’ll come to realise very quickly.


KateMorning all! I’m Kate, a third year MChem Chemistry with Study in Europe student, and I’m on my year abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I’m also a ‘mature student’, whatever that is. Responsible? Yes. Mature? Not so much.
Picking what I want to do with the rest of my life (eek!) is hard, and I feel like I have a new career plan every week. I have discovered, however, that have an active interest in something really, really helps: being into green issues, for example, I’m hoping very much for a related job that helps me feel like I’m fixing the world a little. With past experience in fashion retail, inbound call handling and volunteering for outreach and open days in the Chemistry department, I also know I need a job that involves both contact with people and being able to use my brain.
I hope I can be of some use to you all while I work out the finer details of my Final Career Plan, knowing a) they don’t usually happen and b) most people my age (27! Shh!) still don’t know what they want to be when they grow up!


AprilHello there all!
I’m April and I am in my third and final year of Psychology, this is the point where if you met me in person you would automatically reply with “so do you know what I’m thinking right now”, believe me, it happens every time.
I once read an article in Cosmo about creating online profiles and how the way you describe yourself can impact how people view you. I can therefore tell you that I’m an outgoing, creative and enthusiastic (sometimes overly so) person. I tend to be the person in a room buying everyone’s drinks and making sure they all have a brilliant night.
Have you fallen into my trap, do I sound like a fantastic individual =p ?
I was completely set on being a teacher when I graduated but I’m now finding alternative options appealing and will keep you updated about that with this blog.
I’m also interested in finding out about other courses than psychology from the students who study them, so if you want a chance to give a student’s perspective of the course you study, drop me an email.
If you take anything away from my blogs, remember this “nil carborundum illegitimi”.


LinaHello, my name is Lina and I’m getting a postgraduate degree in Creative Writing. I am originally from Colombia, South America, and after three years here, still trying to get used to the cold. I love to write and I’m trying to find a job in the literary world (yes, you can laugh) so I will be documenting my journey and sharing it with you.
I’m kind of obsessive about writing, really, if you haven’t noticed! I also run a music magazine with some friends called Newcastle Music Chronicles and contribute towards Elite Online magazine as a sometimes writer and editor. I’m not getting paid for this, but I’m hoping it will look nice and shiny on my CV once I get out into the real world.
I am currently working through the NWE (Newcastle Work Experience) scheme which I would highly recommend and will be blogging about through the forthcoming months. Okay, I have reread this and it sounds amazing. It isn’t! I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed about the future and the choices I’m going to have to make soon, so please stick with me, I need your moral support!


LucyHey guys, I’m Lucy a second year Law student who is not so sure what career path she wants to follow! I think I’m the youngest member of the blogging team this year and currently a little directionless!

I love Newcastle, films, cooking and being lazy. So whilst I’m lucky enough to enjoy life with little responsibility, I’m hoping this year may be the year when some plans start to really take shape… preferably in the form of my perfect career.  The small glitch being I don’t know what I want to be yet!
Ok, so you might have guessed I’m a little bit of an optimist! Honestly, searching for my ideal ‘grown-up’ career is freaking me out a little bit. But hopefully I’ll be able to give you guys a little of the advice I’m hoping to learn this year and you never know, my optimism might pay off! Enjoy!



Hi everyone!

My name is Bo Marit, 21 years old, and I’m originally from the Netherlands. I’m studying the MA Media and Journalism here at Newcastle University. Before coming here, I did my BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences at University College Utrecht, majoring in Psychology and Anthropology, and minoring in Media Studies and Performing Arts. Besides school, I’ve been a dancer for almost 16 years, and also love to act and write stories. I guess you can call me a dreamer; I often get lost in my own fantasy world.

Obviously writing is one of my passions. As a kid, I wrote tons and tons of short stories and I kept a diary every day. A couple of months ago, as I was sorting through the moving boxes to decide which of them would get the ‘UK’ label, I stumbled across a huge box that had ‘SECRET’ written all over it in my 12-year-old writing. Inside it had all these written pieces and notebooks that I’d packed away years ago, and reading them brought back all the good and bad times that I hadn’t thought about in ages. That’s exactly what writing means to me: it is creating a memory, sharing thoughts, or even preserving a part of your ‘self’. My best pieces are the ones that make me feel the same way when reading them as when I wrote them.

I’m not going to share all my feelings and thoughts here, but I’d love to use this blog as a platform to share my passions with you. I’ve been here for three months, and I’ve already encountered so many different opinions and lifestyles which I’d love to share.  After all, diversity is beauty, and beauty should be shared.

Get busy living!


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