Aimee Connolly Testimonial

Aimee from School of Public Policy shares her tips for enjoying university life in one of the greatest cities in the world.

Aimee Connolly Testimonial

What are you studying and when do you graduate?
I am studying an MSc in Public Policy and I have just completed my degree.

Why are you interested in this subject and what do you plan to do in the future?
My undergraduate degree was in Business and Political Science and during my studies, I found a particular interest in public policy. Policy outcomes have an impact on every aspect of our lives and society and I am highly interested in how the nuances of legislative process.

I have a particular interest in education policy. I have a number of years of experience working in higher education and I hope to continue this path, working in the higher education sector.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve done, seen or got involved with while at UCL?
I was very fortunate during my time at UCL to become involved with the Students’ Union through working there as a Research and Evaluation Assistant. Through this, I gained experience working in education policy and I got to meet lots of new people from outside of my department.  

What’s your top tip for new students?
Be open to all opportunities that come your way. Studying abroad is an incredible experience and there are always new experiences to take a hold of. Sometimes it can be overwhelming as you try to get to grips with everything and you may experience some homesickness, but my top tip is to make the most of your time at UCL! Being a student in one of the greatest cities in the world is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Any advice on starting at UCL and settling in – is there something you know now that you wished you had known when you started at UCL?
Make use of the services available to you. While you are a student at UCL, there are so many support services available free of charge to help you with any queries or concerns you have, whether they’re related to mental health, financial, emotional or academic issues. Don’t be afraid to reach out!
What do you miss most about being away from UCL and what’s the first thing you’re going to do when you get back to UCL/London?
I miss having the West End right on my doorstop! UCL is in such a fantastic location for people with various interests and hobbies. I love the theatre and I used to regularly go to a matinee show between classes or catch an evening show at the end of the day. The first thing I will do when I get back to London is stop by a new show when the theatres reopen.

Who inspires you and why?
Simone de Beauvoir was one of the greatest feminist and philosophers of the modern day. She was striking and ahead of her time, often daring to speak about issues that we prioritise today, but which society did not want to hear at the time. She inspires me because of her dedication to her passion even though she received backlash from the media and those surrounding her. She had strong beliefs and articulated them well, being one of the most prominent feminist thinkers of the 20th century.  

What would it surprise people to know about you?
I used to have a pet Giant African Land Snail named Custard (he was really cute).

What does UCL mean to you?
UCL is so big that it is its own world! It has opened up so many doors for me that I am extremely grateful for. Working with some of the greatest academics and most intelligent students in the world on a daily basis is something not to be taken for granted. UCL is my home away from home and having such a strong community in the university brings a lot of comfort and familiarity when living in such a large and fantastic city.