I wanted to be a part of something bigger whilst studying and not just another number; to learn about social injustice and how to tackle it in practice.

2021 BSc Politics and Sociology graduate Lauren Angus shares her insight into life at GCU and life after graduating from university.

I chose to study at GCU because…

I chose to study at GCU ultimately because I aligned with the University’s core values, as a self-acclaimed Active and Global Citizen. I wanted to be a part of something bigger whilst studying and not just another number; to learn about social injustice and how to tackle it in practice.

The most important aspect of my university experience has been…

Being a very sociable person, the most important aspect for my university experience was the networking and friendships made throughout my four years at GCU. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the GCU Woman’s Football Team, meeting new people – national and international students – to share the same love and passion for Women’s football whilst studying. Within my course I became very close to three girls and we became a team; we all root for each other’s career success and I’m grateful for GCU for bringing us together!

My biggest lesson learned so far is…

To believe in myself more. I once believed Academia was pretentious and something I couldn’t be a part of, considering I was the first person in my immediate family to enter higher education. After putting in the work, I achieved Best Politics Dissertation and proved myself wrong. No matter your background – anyone can enter higher education and excel.

I’m proud to be part of the University for the Common Good because…

I was lucky enough to get part-time work within the uni as a Transcriptionist for the Scottish Poverty Inequality Research Unit. This not only gave me real life experience, but also provided me with insight to current inequality issues within Scotland – learning about topics such as food insecurity and the poverty attainment gap.

I get my inspiration from…

I get my inspiration from my friends, for the people who wish they had the luxury of higher education and myself. Everyday I aspire to be a better active and global citizen than the day before.

My next steps look like…

I’m currently looking for post-grad jobs to put my university knowledge into practice; to really make a difference and to create a more equal, sustainable and happier world.

Thank you to Lauren for sharing her GCU experience, if you would like to share your #GCUGradStory visit: https://bit.ly/3C4zNqY 

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