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"My degree will be incredibly valuable to me in my future endeavours" - Daria Ermolenko

"My degree will be incredibly valuable to me in my future endeavours" - Daria Ermolenko

This success story comes from The University of Buckingham.

Originally from Russia, I attended a boarding school in Dorset and realised I wanted to remain in the UK for University. I decided to study at the University of Buckingham because the idea of small group teaching really appealed to me and I found my perfect course in the BA English Literature with Psychology (a combination that I’d struggled to find elsewhere). I haven’t regretted my decision, I love the fact the staff here really care about their students and always go above and beyond.

I am the current Students’ Union President at the University. My role is to represent the interests of students to the University’s senior staff and make sure they are taken into account during policy-making and strategic decision-making (particularly important in the context of the pandemic this year). I also oversee the work of the student executive, so students have the best experience possible at Buckingham.

As well as my SU responsibilities, I am the Happiness Champion, a voluntary role for the organisation Action for Happiness. I attend and advertise online webinars related to wellbeing, distribute helpful resources to students and before the pandemic I ran workshops. I take great pride in both of these roles and I love the idea that every day brings an opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

My time at Buckingham is almost complete, I have thoroughly enjoyed my degree and hope to go on to further study. In the long-term I aspire to work with Olympic athletes as a Positive Psychology Life Coach. I have a very positive outlook on life and what people can achieve, and I would love to help as many people as possible feel the same way.

The knowledge I have gained during my degree will be incredibly valuable to me in my future endeavours. This is thanks to the empowering, inspiring, and supportive experience I had and the wonderful people I met. I do not think I would be following the path I have planned today without Buckingham.

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