Languages student Chloe Pearson on campus

Chloe Pearson

International Business with a Modern Language, 1st Year

Tell us a bit about your background…
I come from just outside of Dundee, and completed six years of high school from National 5 to Advanced Higher in largely social science-based subjects such as Business Management, Modern Studies, and, of course, French.

Why did you decide to study at the University of Strathclyde?
The idea of moving away for University appealed to me as it allowed me to gain independence and Glasgow seemed like the perfect city to do this in as it always buzzing. The university also has a great reputation for business and languages, and I love how the course have an international aspect to them by encouraging students to study abroad.

What made you select your course?
I had always known that I wanted to study French and Business, as these were my two passions and strengths. So when I found that I could equally combine these in an integrated Masters course with a year abroad, I knew that this was the course for me above any other Scottish university.

What has been the highlight of your time at Strathclyde so far?
I have made some amazing friends in Glasgow, and the nightlife in Glasgow is amazing, so my highlights have to be some of the nights out we have had celebrating our milestones at university.

What would you say is one of the key takeaways from your course?
I have learnt an unbelievable amount about the French language and culture which I never imagined I would have known at such an early stage in my degree. I was recently in Paris with friends, and being able to understand French immensely helped us and was quite satisfying.

What would be your advice for people considering studying at Strathclyde?
Make the most of the facilities available. For example there is a huge group study area in the library which is fab for working together on group presentations and essays. Also, everyone will tell you this, but honestly going to lectures WILL help you for the final exam.

What has been the main challenge while studying at University?
For me it would have to be juggling university with a part-time job. The workload can become quite overwhelming, especially when you have an exam or coursework due the day after a long shift, but if you manage your time well it is 100% achievable.

If you could travel back in time to give advice to yourself on your first day at Strathclyde, what would you say?
To talk to more people at the induction meetings, because (and this is not uncommon) those who I did talk to have become my closest friends here. It is daunting, especially if you are shy, but it is important to remember that everyone is on the same boat.

Have you joined any clubs or societies while at Strathclyde? Tell us a bit more about your experience!
Me and my friend joined the campus gym together for £140 annually (I think if you are in halls this is free), and the facilities are fab and a great way to relieve stress. The proximity of the gym to university buildings meant I could work out before or after classes.

What do you hope to do when you complete your course?
I still have four years until I graduate, but I hope to potentially work in France in a business or tourism-related role as this would allow me to combine my passions. Alternatively, I would look for graduate schemes in the UK with a potential to travel for work.