Mathematics, Statistics & Accounting
Karen is a fourth year Mathematics, Statistics & Accounting (BSc) student. In addition to her studies, Karen is about to start working for the University's Widening Access team. She will be assisting people from deprived areas at Open Days, helping them find out as much as possible about Higher Education.
As part of the Saltire Scholarship programme, Karen spent eight weeks this summer working for McGraw-Hill Education in New York. She also finds the time to captain the University's cheerleading team, which she has been involved in since first year.
Find out more below about Karen's life at Strathclyde.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
Being from Glasgow, I was really keen to stay here, as I really like the city.
I came to the Strathclyde Open Day and really enjoyed it. I sat with six folk in my first lecture and I am still friends with them today. We met again at Freshers' Week and we are still friends now.
I felt at home right away at Strathclyde.
What do you enjoy most about studying at the University?
I really enjoy studying maths. I also enjoy the accounts part, as I feel what we do in the class is applicable to the real world. I like the balance of the different subject areas and thinking what you would use each area for.
I also love the Careers Service at the University. I have used this since first year. They are very helpful for CV checks and application checks. They also helped me with my Saltire application to go to the USA. I also love being involved in sport at the University.
How did you find out about the internship in the USA?
A friend told me to go along to an information session at the start of my third year. From there on, I made a few contacts and started the application process. The Careers Service also had three or four information sessions for each stage of the process, so they were really helpful.
Every day in New York I would think ‘this is amazing, I can’t believe I’m here.’ All the things you see in the movies are right there in front of you.
What would you like to do when you graduate?
I change my mind all the time, but, right now, I would like to follow a career in actuary. I think I should do something maths-based as this is the area I enjoy most. I am applying to a lot of graduate schemes.
Whatever I do, I want to do something that is developing me more. I don’t want to jump straight into a job, I would like to do something where I get further qualifications and more knowledge.
What's the best thing about being a Strathclyde student?
The students here are brilliant. I found the place so friendly straightaway. I came here at first without knowing a single person. The Union hosts so many events. You can turn up yourself and it’s totally fine. The Students’ Union and Sports Union are great at getting people involved. Being located so centrally is also really good.