Faces of Suffolk

Welcome to Faces of Suffolk. Every week on social media, we will feature a story from one of our students, staff or alumni. The aim of Faces of Suffolk is to showcase our people and the stories that have shaped who we are today.

Stories range from fearless and courageous to inspirational and entertaining. We hope you enjoy Faces of Suffolk and enjoy finding out about who we are and who makes the University of Suffolk the bold, fearless and inspirational community that it is today.

Students, staff and alumni - if you are interested in Faces of Suffolk and would like to tell your story in 2018, we're all ears. Drop an email to facesofsuffolk@uos.ac.uk with your name and a brief overview of your story.

Faces of Suffolk

It all started in high school when I studied Design and Technology and worked with resistant materials. That’s when I realised I wanted to go in to engineering. I started off as an apprentice, which was a bit more hands on. It’s quite a diverse industry; I’m studying Operation...

I have type 1 diabetes. Sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad days. When I get stressed out, it can really affect it. So starting university, coming to a new place and making new friends was quite a stressful time, but it was important to me that I was open about i...

I was born in Bucharest, Romania. My school years were not easy; I was about 13/14 years old when my Mum got really sick. I was about to go through a difficult exam at the time and my Mum wasn’t feeling well…if my Dad hadn’t gone to her at that moment, she wouldn’t be here a...

I’ve been a comic book fan since childhood; every time my Mum went shopping she would pick up The Beano and The Dandy. I knew early on that I wanted to do something with comics. I opened up my own comic book store with my friend when I was 25. It started off in my Mum’s attic as...

At first, I was adamant I wasn’t going to university. I think this was mainly down to not believing in myself enough to be able to achieve a degree! My brother had graduated and I was so proud of him, and I could see how proud my parents were. My parents are so supportive - the...

I really wanted to learn Makaton - children’s sign language. In college, I studied Children’s Care, Learning and Development and we spent two days a week on placement. I worked with this little boy who had autism; I loved him to bits and it’s honestly one of the most rewarding...

I came back to studying after a very long gap at 33 years old. Where I was born in Romania, it was quite a harsh life and I never had the opportunity to study. I’ve moved 17 times in three different countries, and my family and friends are in Italy now and I miss them a lot. I tri...

I started university in September 2013, excited to begin a new chapter in life. Unfortunately within the first few weeks, something changed. I wasn’t myself. I’d started to retract from myself and others completely. My friends and family were just keeping me afloat of the river ...

Creating my own film production business is something I had always wanted to do. I was 16 and I remember appreciating Warner Bros and thinking it would be cool to create something of my own, something to give an identity to my work. I didn’t realise the magnitude of it back then a...

I applied for Midwifery but the year before I was due to go, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I spent five weeks in hospital and had an operation. I was in recovery and started my course in February 2012, but became really unwell again and had to go back in to hospital. ...

I’ve always been the arty, creative one. Where there were flaws and struggles with my dyslexia, I overcame it and tried not to see it as a negative, but as a positive. It was my mum who realised it when I was about five or six. She rang the school who said ‘she’s just lazy’ ...

I’ve entered the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Every year it starts at the Canary Islands and you row 3,000 miles to finish in Antigua. They say more people have been in to space and climbed Everest than rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. I’ve been a rower for about two yea...

At the age of two and a half, I was diagnosed with Leukaemia. By four and a half, after two years of chemotherapy and my parents fearing they were going to lose me, I survived. After receiving such fantastic care I knew I wanted to go into children’s nursing and it just so happene...

I’m studying Early Childhood Studies and automatically you think of primary teaching, but I don’t want to be a teacher. I want to travel and set up schools to help people who are less fortunate than us. Sometimes I look at my life and I think yeah, I’ve had it all.  I’ve al...