Jessica Howe from Sudbury graduated with a BA (Hons) in English.
“My biggest highlight was achieving a first on my dissertation. It was the culmination of three years’ hard work, and on a topic I really enjoyed so I wanted to do it justice. It was something I’d always hoped would happen but never thought it actually would. I’m proud of how much I’ve grown as a person. My course really allowed me to develop and get my own ideas out there, and I’m far more confident as a result. No one I knew went to the same university as me, so I had to make the effort to connect with classmates. My department ran trips to the theatre to help everyone bond, which helped me make friends as I wasn’t just seeing them in a classroom setting, as a result it’s the people I miss the most. Everyone from my classmates to the lectures and even the café staff were so friendly. It’s a community I really miss.”
“My initial plan was to finish the degree then go straight into work, but with the pandemic I decided to take another year and do my masters to allow things to recover. I’m currently studying MA War, Culture, and Society. During my time at the University of Suffolk I discovered I really love historical fiction, especially wartime texts, so I wanted to learn more about how wars have impacted society. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to combine History and English to teach others and I’ve been accepted to start teacher training in September so I can start to make this really happen!”