A supportive and diverse environment were key factors in mature student Cristina Mengual’s decision to study for a Diplomacy and International Relations BA after many years of working in the retail sector.
Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you decided to return to education?
When I finished my A levels, I started working and I have been in retail for more than 15 years. After all these years, I decided that I wanted to get a better job. I decided to go to university and study for a degree that would help me achieve this, and at the same time make me proud of myself.
Why did you choose London Met?
I came to an open day and saw that there were mature students – and that there were students from different countries. That was something that made me feel very comfortable, and it was one of the reasons why I decided to come to London Met to take my course.
How is the support at London Met?
At London Met you have a lot of support during your course. For instance, the University can help you with accommodation, funding and career advice. There are also library services supporting you if you need it and the University offers guidance and advice in issues related to specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
What do you like best about your course?
To me, the seminars that follow the lectures are the part that I like most about my course, because in them we can put into practice everything we have learned during the lecture, and it is where one really learns.
Do you enjoy being a Student Ambassador? Why?
I definitely enjoy being a Student Ambassador – for me, it's one of the most deeply rewarding opportunities on a personal level that you can have as a student. You have the opportunity to get involved with many different types of work, allowing you to develop academic and interpersonal skills and gain new ones such as communication and interpersonal skills, presentation skills or teamwork.
Did anything surprise you about your course or London Met?
One of the things that has surprised me a lot about London Met has been how easy it is to use campus facilities such as the library. At first, I thought it would be very difficult to use the facilities. For instance, how to get books out of the library or use the printers but no, it's very easy.
Have you found it easy to make friends at London Met?
At London Met it’s easy to make friends because there are students from many different countries, which makes it a very open multicultural environment.
What are your career plans? How do you think London Met is helping you achieve these?
The next academic year I will go into my final year. After that I would like to go onto a master’s degree to specialise in my field of study. London Met is helping me achieve this because they are giving me all the support I need to be successful in my career and to go onto further studies.