The study proved a hit with her lecturers but it was her year abroad that is Gatha’s proudest achievement. She spent a year in Zaragoza, teaching, but the experience didn’t go quite as planned.
When the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in Europe, Gatha found herself stuck in Spain for four months.
“I’ve always been interested in teaching and love travelling. The opportunity to do both was a dream come true. I was really enjoying my work and it helped me realise what I wanted from a career.”
When lockdown first hit Gatha was confined to her flat for six weeks with police patrolling the streets outside but it’s her memories of restrictions lifting that are most memorable.
“The excitement of going outside for a walk for the first time in six weeks was bizarre, and seeing groups of people outside was overwhelming in the best way.”
She says the experience taught her a lot about herself: “I found I am much more independent and adaptable than I realised, and my year abroad definitely gave me a massive boost in confidence.”
Gatha, who has been working in the child health department of a Hertfordshire NHS provider throughout her studies, is currently completing a work experience placement with a speech and language team. She hopes to pursue a career in speech and language therapy.