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Abbie’s Newcastle University

Life expectations: turned upside down

Apart from the course, my time at Newcastle completely turned my plans and life expectations around. Meeting Chris there, my fiancé, was a big part of this. We are now running our own distillery in Yorkshire, making gin and whisky which is a long way from being a medic!

I joined the university’s Latin & Ballroom Society in my second year, and within six months I was up on stage performing at the big annual International Grand Festival. I had danced at school many years prior, but being on stage at uni was a pretty key moment because I was quite a shy person before that.

In an attempt to overcome my fear of heights, I completed my first tandem skydive in my second year, raising money for charity at the same time. This was the start of my adrenaline addiction, and was shortly followed by a bungee jump by the Tyne bridge. I also took up running, something I had been strongly averse to in the years prior!

In my final year I volunteered for a local charity, Comrades of Children Overseas (COCO), and with them I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, reaching the summit and raising £2,500 in sponsorship.

Whilst in Tanzania, I took part in several COCO volunteer projects such as building a Vocational Training Centre and living with an indigenous Maasai tribe for two weeks teaching maths, English and Swahili to nursery children. It was a thrilling and wholesome end to my undergraduate life. I took part in several COCO volunteer projects such as building a Vocational Training Centre and living with an indigenous Maasai tribe for two weeks teaching maths, English and Swahili to nursery children.

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