In light of the recent graduation ceremonies, Trident Media wanted to give a closer insight into three students in particular, by reflecting on their time at the University of Hertfordshire and the advice they offer for future students now their time has come to an end.
Our second student in the spotlight is Grace Tucker:
Grace Tucker, from Tonbridge, Kent, is graduating with a first class degree in BA (Hons) International Business from the University of Hertfordshire on Thursday 6 September at 14:30 pm. Grace completed a four-year course including both the option to Study abroad and a work placement.
Grace lives in Tonbridge but is moving to Beijing at the end of September to teach English alongside a job in Marketing.
Grace decided to study at the University of Hertfordshire because she was attracted to the University’s Study Abroad programme and because of the number of languages available to learn. She worked hard, achieved high grades during her first year of University, and was rewarded with the opportunity to Study Abroad at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. “The University was really helpful with my Study Abroad year. They were so knowledgeable that I knew I could trust their advice.”
At the end of her Study abroad year, Grace was nominated for a £1,000 Santander Scholarship, which she used to travel around South East Asia and Australia, as well as fund a summer studying programme in Shanghai. “The £1,000 scholarship changed my study abroad experience – it opened so many doors in terms of travelling and studying.”
Grace spent her third year at the University of Barcelona where she then found an internship allowing her to return to Shanghai. “I was nervous to apply for the role in Shanghai as it was a hard application process but it definitely paid off. Whilst working in Shanghai, I took the opportunity to learn Chinese and can now speak basic Mandarin. My hobbies also included exploring Chinese history and joining the local fight club where I learnt skills in boxing and Jiu-Jitsu.”
During her time on campus at the University of Hertfordshire, Grace threw herself into every possible opportunity, competing for the University in Judo competitions in her first year. Grace continued to compete in Judo in Singapore, training twice a week and was chosen to represent the University in a countrywide competition where she won medals in both the categories she competed in. “In my first year, I took part in lots of activities and was a course representative, joined the Enactus and Entrepreneur Society and even the Cheerleading Squad! This meant in my final year I had lots of friends that I had made to go back to.”
In her final year, Grace balanced two jobs as a Residential Assistant, where she offered support and advice to students in University accommodation and a Placement Ambassador where she advised and supported younger students on placement opportunities. “It was stressful but a good challenge. It taught me lots of life skills and how to manage my time effectively.”
Unfortunately, during Grace’s final year her father was diagnosed with throat cancer. Despite visiting home every weekend to help take care of him; Grace still excelled in her studies and will be graduating with a first class degree. She credits the support the University of Hertfordshire offered her with helping her through this stressful time. “I knew that whether it be weekday or weekend I would always have someone to contact. The University was always there to offer support whether that be pastoral care or helping organise extensions if I needed them.”
“I would recommend studying at the University because the support is fantastic and Hertfordshire is such a global university. Studying here prepares you for the real life workplace where you need to interact with people from different backgrounds.”
For those starting University this September, Grace offers some valuable advice:
“Be confident and be yourself. The university has an incredible support system and with confidence, you can create your own journey and make the most of every challenge, opportunity and moment.”
Stay tuned for the next graduate in the spotlight, coming soon…