Life at UCB through the eyes of our student bloggers

New beginnings

New beginnings

Hello everyone!

I am so very excited to be writing my very first post as a UCBlogger! My name is Ellie Smith, and I am a final year student studying Bakery and Patisserie Technology BSc (Hons). I am 20 years old and live in a tiny village called Redbourn in Hertfordshire, so during term time I live in student housing in Birmingham.

UCB is located in the very centre of the city of Birmingham, with more than 7,500 students enrolled on career-focused courses. UCB has excellent links to many industries, including sectors such as marketing, tourism and hospitality. There are three UCB campuses all within a walking distance of each other: Summer Row, McIntyre House and Richmond House. You can take a virtual tour of all three (and more) here.

I’m very excited about coming back to UCB in September, although the summer has gone so quickly! I’ve spent my time resting, seeing friends from home and completing the 120 hours work placement required by my course. I am looking forward to writing my dissertation (I may take that statement back in a few months), although I am nervous about what the future holds after all my work is finished – I think in my head I still feel about 16!

I wanted to be a UCBlogger because the summer before I came to UCB in 2015, I used to read Jessica Simmons’ blog to learn more about life in Birmingham and what it’s like to be a student at UCB. I was extremely nervous about coming to university (another blog post on that to come) and her blog really helped me feel more prepared- I even emailed her some questions I had and she gave me great advice. If I can help even one prospective student in the way she helped me, I will be very happy.

Throughout the year I will be blogging about life at UCB and being a student in Birmingham. I’ll cover topics such as saving money, easy recipes, study tips and fun things to do in the city. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then stay tuned!


Until next time,

Ellie x

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