Ashleigh reveals why she chose to come to Surrey to study Biomedical Science.
"I chose the University of Surrey because it’s one of the best in the UK for bioscience degrees.
Working with my tutors has been fantastic – and having a personal tutor with such a passion for their subject has helped me to stay focused. All of the academics provide a solid support system – I’ve had lots of help from them since I started here, especially in terms of time management, and they’ve given me plenty of feedback and advice on my work.
Being taught by lecturers who are well known in their fields is a major plus point too, and I’ve really enjoyed the practical work. When I started the course, I intended to apply for a postgraduate medicine degree – but as the course has progressed, I’ve found that I have developed other skills and discovered other potential postgraduate options which appeal to me.
The University’s Careers Service helped me to find my placement at Sanofi Aventis. It's one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Europe, and offered me a great opportunity to expand my knowledge of drug development.
Meeting so many different people has been a life-changing experience. Since coming to Surrey, one of the most important things I’ve learnt is that balancing academic life and social life may be challenging but it’s possible – by focusing on what’s important now, I’ll be able to enjoy my free time more."