The pull of the wild
Originally I had planned to do medicine – I had my application ready for submission to UCAS – but I hesitated and decided to take a year out to think about it more.
I had always thought about conservation and working with wildlife and the natural world, but thought it was an unrealistic goal to support me and not how I saw my life going. But one day I just turned around and asked myself, why not live to work, rather than work to live?
I grew up with my family in Plymouth and once I realised that conservation biology was for me and that the University had the course I wanted to do, it didn’t make any sense to go anywhere else.
Field trips and placements are really good to get an idea what it is like out in the field as a researcher.
They are a great way to get know your course mates and your lecturers, too, outside of the classroom and to get to know them as people. I've been fortunate to have had a great placement year, which has given me so much experience, a chance to put a lot of theory from the course into practice, as well as grow as a person and a conservationist.