What is the best bit of your course?
Being taught by experts in the field – it’s so refreshing to learn about current research, rather than memorising paragraphs from out-of-date textbooks. Biology is my absolute passion now and I love being able to get so involved.
What has been the biggest challenge so far?
Learning to manage my own time. You can fit in a surprising amount here, but you have to be strict with yourself. Even in my second year I find it very easy to be sucked into another Netflix binge.
How do you cope with money?
I set up a direct debit from a savings account (that I can’t access normally) to transfer £100 a week to my debit account. It means if I overspend one week, I just have to deal with it for a few days, and I’m never in the position of having no money at all. It’s a really simple way to keep yourself in check.
Where do you live?
My college provides accommodation for all three years – which does make a huge difference to living costs.
Where do you want to be in ten years?
In an ideal world, I’ll have completed a PhD and will be working in a research capacity. I’m pretty indecisive though – so that could change in a week.
What do you wish you had known when you started university?
Dive into everything – even if it scares you. I’m only starting to get into student journalism, which I love, but now I’m about to enter my final year I’m limited in how far I can go. Try everything – you won’t regret it.
What’s your single best budgeting tip for students?
Learning to cook has made a huge difference. Ready meals and takeaways will eat up your budget, and fast. I always cook using fresh ingredients – this is the biggest way to save money, and it’ll stop you getting ill from eating pasta constantly! I also removed the overdraft from my student account, which stops me from ending up in debt that I can’t repay.