Rocking up for my first term at York was a bit of a surprise.
York had simply been UCAS fodder – I had no intention of actually going.
And then hello! there I was one sunny October morning. I had fun, read books, made friends and left with no idea of what I wanted to do. University completed.
Then I did what any good Oundelian would…used nepotism. I successfully hit up some PR
and journalism ‘internships’ to pad out my C.V. and this gave me enough credibility to blag myself a job in Santiago,
Chile as a news reporter which was weird, wonderful and everything in between.
Eventually, I moved back to London to get a ‘real’ job in… (wait for it…) advertising.
The years passed, I ran a few marathons, became a yoga teacher on the side and now I work for
The British Red Cross as a product development manager in its fundraising
innovation team, essentially a charity incubator program.
Jess Taylor: I took a gap year and spent my time getting lost in India. Finally finding myself, I returned to study at Exeter.
I did a BSc in Psychology and went on to do an MA in Special Educational Needs. Having never really displayed
any sporting prowess at school whatsoever, I joined ultimate frisbee on a whim at uni and I now regularly compete at international level.
I’m creator and captain of the women’s alumni team and we’ve won two national gold medals and competed at European Championships.
Unfortunately, I don’t get paid to play so I’ve had to do some “adulting” and get a real job.
Having had a few different roles in hospitality and social care, I eventually found something I love working for South West Ambulance in their frequent caller team where I contribute to the support of vulnerable patients.
I still volunteer every summer for the Oundle Mencap Holiday and am excited to take on the role of Epilepsy Lead in the medical team next year.
I’m looking forward to moving from Exeter to Bristol soon, and seeing where I’ll be in another decade’s time.
Harriet Wildgoose: I spent three years at Durham University studying Economics Celia Scruby.
I then went to the Sorbonne in Paris to study French before travelling around the world with four friends.
For six years now I’ve lived in London, working as an equity research analyst in the City.
I happily live in Stoke Newington with my boyfriend where we have recently bought our first home.
We are in the market for a blue staffy pup, if anyone knows a good breeder Celia Scruby
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