Hello! I chose Salford to study Journalism and I was lucky enough to be in the first group of students to use the amazing facilities at MediaCityUK. From then on, I had the best three years at Salford.
Born and raised in Greater Manchester, I made the decision to commute to university every day. I was particularly interested in online journalism and with support from my lecturers I did a work placement with Salford Online and BBC North-West Tonight. The opportunities are there but sometimes it’s about being in the right place at the right time. Towards the end of my degree, I decided to challenge myself with something different to journalism.
The Students’ Union was preparing for elections and I decided to stand. I juggled my final year project with my election campaign but to my surprise I won the election and became president of the Students’ Union in 2014.
Before this, as a female British born Muslim, I had a different perception of the union. I’d thought that it catered for competitive sporty students who lived on campus and was only good at organising club nights. Boy, was I wrong!
When I started working for Student Life part-time, I came to understand the union better, (mainly because they share the same building). It has so much going on - sports and activities of all sorts – as well as giving academic advice and support. You could be one of the hundreds of course representatives, which will give you a great experience and help you develop skills for life.
Before becoming president I knew exactly what I wanted to do after my degree, but now I have been exposed to so much more and my options have definitely broadened thanks to my time at Salford.
I don’t know where I’ll end up next, but I’m excited about the future.