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Seven Questions with... Laura Dell'Antonio

20 March 2020

This week we meet fourth-year Biochemistry student Laura, who has a passion for playing hockey. Laura's gotten involved in a range of sports-related activities at UCL – including Pride in Sport and Varsity – and chats to us about some of her favourites here.

Laura Dell'Antonio

What are you studying, why are you interested in this subject and what do you plan to do in the future?

I am currently in my fourth year of studying Biochemistry. I have always been interested in how human beings function and was fascinated by how complex we are, which was the reason I decided to study Biochemistry. During my time at university, I've explored the breadth of the subject and have realised that I am particularly interested in infectious diseases. I am unsure what the future holds, but am leaning towards a career in global health, focusing on infectious and emerging diseases. 

What is the most interesting thing you’ve done, seen or got involved with while at UCL?

Definitely sports! I have played hockey throughout my entire time at UCL, and got very involved in the club, having been on committee for two years. Sports has not only helped me to get to know a variety of interesting people (who study completely different things and whom I would otherwise never gotten to know), but it has also helped me to have a healthy work balance.

As sports has contributed so positively to my university experience, I decided to run for Sports Officer with one of my closet friends. This allowed us to give back to the UCL community, which has given us so much joy over the past four years. We got involved in organising campaigns such as Pride in Sport and planning events such as Varsity. It has definitely been one of the highlights of my time at UCL.

Have you discovered any hidden gems during your time at UCL?

The view from the top floor of Torrington Place. 

Give us your top three things to do/see/go to in London:

  1. Without a doubt, the variety of food. I think there are few cities where you can get the same diversity of foods as you can in London.
  2. Instead of paying for an expensive tourist boat ride along the Thames, use the London River Service instead, which is part of TFL. It's a lot cheaper and you get to see the same landmarks.  
  3. Find a window seat in a café in a busy area and observe London life. Sometimes, I think life – especially in London – is so busy, so just taking some time to step back and observe is a good way to de-stress. 

If you were Provost for the day what one thing would you do?

I would build new activity spaces for the large number of societies and sport clubs that UCL has. 

Who inspires you and why?

The students at UCL who – on top of their studies – dedicate their time to running clubs and societies so that everyone else has the opportunity to participate in the wide variety of activities being offered. 

What would it surprise people to know about you?

I naturally have super curly hair; however, I straighten it pretty much every day. 

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