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Syeda Fahin

Sunderland, UK

BSc (Hons) Sociology

After hearing about many positive aspects of the University of Sunderland from her sister and cousins, Syeda Fahin decided to listen to them and study Sociology at the University. Syeda always wanted to be a teacher of the deaf but went off that track, however, after volunteering in the second year she once again decided to pursue her dream and become a role model for deaf children.

I chose to study at the University because it has an amazing reputation, especially for the staff. My older sister and cousins attended this university and told me so many positive aspects of it, in particular, the library that has so many quiet places that you could use to study.

I was undertaking the gap year before I applied for Sociology at the University of Sunderland, as I didn’t know what I wanted to do after I finished A-Levels at Newcastle Sixth Form. During my gap year, I became more appreciative of my education and realised that I would like to further my education and attend a university to gain a lot of knowledge and experience.

When I started my degree, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Although I have been wanting to become a teacher of the deaf since childhood, but due to circumstances, I went off that track. In my second year, I had to find a placement for my module so I decided to go back to my high school to volunteer at the Resource Base for the Deaf which made me realise that I actually do want to become a teacher of the deaf and be a role model that the deaf children are lacking. So, I have decided to apply for PGCE to become a qualified teacher, then hopefully apply for Deaf Education (MA) in order to achieve my dream.

The staff and fellow students for definite make you feel involved and motivated to do well in every assignment, which I am grateful for. I told my friend’s relative to study Criminology at the University of Sunderland in September 2019. The atmosphere and surroundings are just simply amazing, being a part of the University of Sunderland will make you feel like you belong there and that it is your home.

It has been simply the best three years of my life by miles. And I will miss the staff, people from my course and friends so much when I graduate because the atmosphere with them is really irreplaceable."

Published 24 July 2019

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