Lucy is a BSc Television Production and Technology student in her 3rd year at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.
What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndŵr University?
I was working full-time as a Pharmacy Technician which I have been doing for the past 20 years (I still currently work 2 days a week). I started out as a Saturday girl whilst studying media at college, then decided to save money to enable me to attend University but ‘life’ got in the way. I moved away and gained qualifications in this field of work.
What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndŵr University?
Moving back to the Shropshire area, I had more options to expand and change my career. Thinking back to my college days and how much I loved studying media, working with cameras and producing content, it made me realise that I needed to go back to what I was passionate about.
Wrexham was offering the perfect course, not too far away from home life and it didn’t seem to be a typical city style University. It felt the right size for me and didn’t have that ‘back to school' feel, which was good for a mature student.
Did you attend an open day?
When I visited Wrexham Glyndŵr University at an open day, I was very nervous but once I was shown around the Creative Industries Building and into the TV studio, I got goosebumps. It was then I knew that this career path is definitely what I wanted to do.
What’s the atmosphere like around campus?
Very friendly, especially the ladies in the coffee shop who know when I am ready for my cup of tea!
What do you enjoy most about your course?
Everything! …Well apart from presentations.
Most lecturers have worked or are working in this industry, so they have the expertise to teach you what it's really like to work professionally.
Also working with and learning how to use the high standard equipment that is available.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
It is a very tough industry to start in, but I hope to gain experience doing freelance work, whether it is as a runner or camera operator, and then expand my show reel and connections in this field.
I feel my knowledge and skill set has increased immensely, and this will help me to proceed in my new career choice.
What has the support been like?
Staff have been so helpful. Whether it’s a quick question or needing support, they have been there with their door always open.
I find that if you put the work in and you respect people, then you gain the trust of many and can ask for help anytime.
How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndŵr University?
I feel so much happier knowing I am making a difference to my life. Achieving a degree at the end of my course will hopefully open doors to many new adventures in the future. I have also grown in confidence, which is something that I have always struggled with.
If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in one word, what would it be and why?
Life Changing! (Two words, sorry!)
My life has changed so much as soon as I started here and for the better. I have learnt so much already and it has opened my eyes to many options in the future.