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That's me Nesta! I'm just getting ready for RAG fundraising in Nantwich town centre

That’s me Nesta, getting ready for RAG fundraising in Nantwich town centre

My name is Nesta Wellman, I’m an international student from Bermuda (also known as the Bermuda Triangle) who enrolled at Reaseheath College for the academic 2016/17 year.  This is my final undergraduate year but my first year at this college.

Before coming to Reaseheath, I first attended Bridgwater College, Somerset, where I successfully graduated with a Foundation Degree in Applied Animal Management FdSc in the summer of 2016.

Since my enrolment at Reaseheath, I have been involved in a variety of clubs and societies apart from studying my degree in Zoo Management to further pursue my passion to become a zoologist. I’ve also immersed myself in a range of events on campus. I’m made so many friends in halls, on my course and through social events – thoroughly exceeding all my expectations! They are all supportive, and come from different backgrounds. Everyone is always willing to lend a hand to help wherever possible.

Living on campus has been phenomenal. I absolutely love meeting new people, socialising and planning weekend field trips…including being involved in the college’s Student Association (SA). The SA revolves around the many social daytime and evening events on campus. I assist with these activities some of the highlights so far have included, the Christmas Ball and RAG (Raising and Giving) events – supporting North West Cancer Research.

Other societies I am involved are as follows:

  • The Reaseheath Conservation Society, which helps to promote group activities and promote conservation via educational talks from researchers in different professional fields around the county, plus weekly photo competitions.
  • My absolute favourite society is the Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society (RHES). I have assisted the zookeepers with a small amphibian project on site – monitoring, photographing and recording data on the life stage developments of tadpoles of a specific frog species. I have really picked up a love for scientific research especially contributing to conservation. Apart from that, the society has given me the chance to join in with plenty of field trips such as Venom Day at Bangor University back in 2016, which was particularly educational and informative.
  • As of 2016, the Reaseheath Photography and Film Society was created. It aims to promote a learning environment for all students alike in enhancing their photography and filming skills via entering various weekly photo and video competitions. This helps not only to expand the group on campus but also to become aware that photography is incredible, all you need is a camera (no matter what kind), and a keen imagination – point, shoot, and snap!

Pond dipping with the Conservation Society

  • Jujitsu club, which I’ve also joined in helps students become more confident, increase self-esteem and build leadership skills by teaching defensive techniques in weekly evening sessions hosted by an incredible staff member who has in-depth experience with self-defence skills.
  • Last but by no means least important, I also joined the marketing team as a student ambassador. I assist public events such as college open days where I’m meeting and greeting people, leading campus and accommodation tours, and sharing my experience of life on campus – an incredible opportunity.

Of course, with all the fun and excitement of college, life as a student can come with its challenges…late night studying, being woken up by party goers, or the unfortunate home sickness (luckily, this hasn’t happened to me yet) – but there’s great support from the welfare team if times get tricky.

For me, studying at Reaseheath has been life changing, exhilarating and truly memorable. A worthwhile experience that I will certainly never forget.

I’ll leave you with my all-time favourite of many quotes….

“Do not go where there is a path. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson.