In the first year of her degree she acted as Peer Mentor for foundation students, running drop-in sessions for students struggling with course content. In her second year she was part of the Student Engagement Team and in her final year she participated in the Career Mentoring Programme as well as taking part in various volunteering projects throughout her time at Essex.
She also led the SET Connect Team, which aims to improve students’ experience, both socially and academically by organising events that would help students connect with others in their department. She credits her role as team leader with helping her to develop many skills including event planning, research skills, creativity, teamwork, communication and responsibility.
“I have grown so much personally, professionally and of course academically during my time at Essex, and I will forever be grateful for the experience I’ve had here. I have thoroughly enjoyed the quality of teaching I have received, and the whole learning experience. The academic support I have received has been great, if ever I have had trouble understanding something, the lecturers have always been so supportive and there are lots of options to get help,” she said.
Academically she excelled – winning prizes in both her first and second years. While all of her activities, on top of her own course work, helped her achieve the Bronze, Silver and Gold Big Essex Awards
As for the future – Eleanor has been offered a place on a graduate scheme at FDM as a Business Intelligence Analyst.