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Shauna Maginn

Shauna Maginn

‌‌Shauna movshaunaed to Wrexham from County Down to study Fdsc Animal Studies. She has now progressed on to the Bsc (Hons) Animal studies (top up) degree. Read her story here.

What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndwr University? 

Before attending Glyndwr University, I completed my A Levels at St Louis Grammar School which is based in a small town called Kilkeel in County Down.

What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndwr University? 

I was attracted to the University for many reasons, before applying I contacted the University with a number of questions, the staff were so helpful and took my contact details, so they could help me through the whole process from applying to moving over. I was also attracted to the university because of the animal related courses it offers and the Northop campus where my course is based, is extremely beautiful. When looking at images online it was very similar to the home setting I was used to, plenty of wildlife along with the equine centre and animal unit.

How did you find moving from Northern Ireland to Wrexham? 

Moving to Wrexham seemed a daunting process, however the university were extremely helpful. When coming to the University for the first time, the university sent a staff member to pick us up from Liverpool Airport and drove us to the university, both the Wrexham campus and the Northop campus. This was not all, lecturers took time to talk me through the course (as I had missed the open day) and give a tour of both campuses. We were then dropped off by a member of staff to a house viewing that day. The whole experience was made so much easier and less scary as staff were so supportive and helpful every step of the way. 

What’s the atmosphere like around campus? 

The Wrexham campus is very friendly as is the Northop campus. Both campuses are laid back and there is always someone around to help.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

In my course you get to meet a wide variety of people from within the animal industry, I love this because it is a chance to ask questions about the industry and the line of work that person is in and you get a more realistic insight into the industry. I also love that my course is set up so that you can learn independently about species that you are personally interested in, making the degree more personal and can help when going into the world of work. Finally, I love that all my lecturers have had experience in all different fields of work and therefore can offer helpful advice not only on the course, but on future goals and career advice.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? 

After graduation I would like to set up my own education centre/farm for both children and adults, I would like to educate adults and children about animals (pets, farm animals, wild animals and exotics) in a practical setting to hopefully help improve knowledge and animal welfare.

Alongside this, I would like to volunteer in conservation in my spare time to help endangered native species.

What has the support been like? 

Throughout university, the support has been amazing, both in and outside of class. The university has so many services which have been helpful such as the careers zone, academic support for assignments and the counselling service which is helpful especially if you are feeling lonely or homesick after moving to wales for the first time.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University?  

Moving from a small town to studying at Wrexham Glyndwr university was a massive step for me, it has made me a more independent person, I am now able to travel alone using trains, aeroplanes and boats – something I would never have had to face alone if I had not have came to Glyndwr. I have learnt the importance of money and budgeting and how to appreciate money more, which will be extremely helpful when in the world of work. I have learnt the value of your health and family, being away from home for long periods give you more of an appreciation for your loved ones which is something I benefited from without even realising. 

If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndwr University in one word what would it be and why? 

Exceptional. This experience has been exceptional because it has helped me grow personally and academically.


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