Angel Okoro – Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
“I liked the idea of studying at a smaller University; Newman only has around 3000 students which has its benefits. It means that you are part of a tight knit community where everyone knows everyone and you have a closer relationship with lecturers/ staff; which has made me feel more confident and comfortable approaching them with any problems or questions. It also means that I have made quality friendships with so many students from all years, not just trough sport but also through Social events.
I’ve always played sport ever since a young age and have loved playing competitively. It’s a physical and emotional escape and is a way for me to relieve the stress of Uni life. I’m particularly interested in the theoretical side of sport which focuses on sport physiology, psychology and sport development.
I have been challenged much more than I expected to be challenged on my course and Newman and the staff on my course are extremely supportive. My lecturers in particular are quick to respond to emails and also have an open door policy which means we are welcome to drop into their offices anytime we need help with something.
Newman also offers many different workshops to help you develop a range of skills, for example, public speaking workshops to help improve your confidence and delivery when presenting in front of people.
I am also a course rep – this role requires me to take on board the concerns and opinions of students on my course and raise these in meetings with staff and lecturers so that improvements can be made.
As well as this I am a student ambassador, this is a paid job within the Uni and my responsibilities involve, giving informative campus tours, delivering student life talks to students of various ages, visiting other educational establishments and delivering information about Uni and greeting, registering and escorting visitors to and around Campus.
I am part of the netball and women’s football team. Being part of these teams has allowed me to make so many friends from all years and also play competitively against other Uni teams.
I am 1 of 2 social secretaries for the Netball team at Newman. My role is to promote the netball team and recruit members throughout the year. I also have to come up with and organise social events in order to raise money for the netball team or a charity of our choice. An activity we recently held was a ‘Name the Christmas Bear’ competition, in which students and staff has the opportunity to guess the name of a life size teddy bear for just £1. The winner won the bear for Christmas and we raised £100 for the netball team to go towards netball events, kit and equipment.
The SU have helped me set up my own cheerleading society by giving me training on how to become a successful Chair of a society and also designing and printing cheerleading posters to advertise the society. After setting up this society with my friend, I took on the role of Chair, which means I am in charge of organising sessions and any cheerleading related events. I have to keep in contact with the treasurer and social secretary in order to increase and maintain numbers and manage our funds.
I advise future students to take as many opportunities as you can. Make the most of your time at Uni and get your money’s worth! With Newman being a smaller University getting these opportunities are easier than in most other universities. However, make sure you don’t overload yourself with commitments outside of your studies. I advise to settle in to uni life first and do as much as you can in your first and second years before your workload becomes too much.”