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Meet the Class of 2020 – Nichol Quinn

Hi, I’m Nichol and I have just graduated from Newcastle University! I studied Marketing & Management for 3 years and was on placement at Newcastle University Business School for 1 year. I would have to say that the highlight of my time at Newcastle University was my placement year in 2018/19. This was such a fun and beneficial year for me which offered me my first working skills and experience of a marketing and office job. I learnt skills and working techniques that no amount of classroom learning could offer me, and it enabled me to think about my future career aspirations. I met some great people during this year which I still remain in contact with now, and I feel so grateful and pleased to have done that additional year.

Placement Year

For me, (and maybe because I’m local to the area so am slightly biased) but Newcastle is the best city in England to go to university. There is everything here for everyone, and it is all so close together that no matter if you walk, cycle, drive or use public transport – you can get to wherever/do whatever you wish! Newcastle is also such a diverse city meaning that no matter what you’re interested in whether that be sport, art, culture, shopping – there is something interesting for everyone!

Basketball team

In terms of advice for new students, my number one tip would be to decide fairly early in your first year who with and where you want to live in your second year of university. This is because private housing accommodation fills up extremely quick (much quicker than you expect). You basically need to have something sorted/a good idea by Christmas of your first year…I did not do this and it’s probably the one thing I’d liked to have changed about my university time so that me and my housemates could have had a wider range of living options.

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In 5 years’, time, I’d have liked to have worked for 3 or 4 years (not necessarily in my dream job yet because this usually takes time) but in a job that gets me good working and life skills, experience and enjoyment! I would also like to have moved out of my current home and be in a place of my own. Currently I’m unsure on exactly what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be at in the future, but I know that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Newcastle University, and if I could fill the next 5 years doing my university experience all over again – I’d do it because I’ve loved every day!


Many thanks for reading, over and out Newcastle University!


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