Three graduates share their experiences at Canterbury Christ Church University

Three recently graduated students give an honest account of their experiences at Christ Church University.

Just in case you missed it, here’s a live feed of CCCU’s graduation ceremonies 2018.

Phil Kloppenborg: “Christ Church has helped shape who I am today.”

Phil Kloppenborg, President of Christ Church Student Union 18/19

“I have a lot to thank Christ Church for and truly believe that Christ Church has helped shape who I am today.

Christ Church gave me so many opportunities to get involved in areas that I loved, for example sport. Allowing me to take part in, manage and run extracurricular activities whilst studying provided me with more than just a degree and bettered my overall student experience.

“I owe a lot to the opportunities that Christ Church have provided.” – Phil Kloppenborg, President of Christ Church Student Union 18/19

Over my 3 year journey I have progressed so much and I owe a lot of that to the opportunities Christ Church provided. This journey came to a celebratory close when I graduated last Wednesday in the famous Canterbury Cathedral, is a great send off.

Finally being a graduate has allowed me to reflect upon my experience and fills me with confidence, as well as optimism, for the future.”

Tanya Portch: “I’ve managed to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in a subject I adore and be the recipient of two awards.”

Tanya Portch, Sociology graduate

“Graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University has been surreal, wonderful and exciting. My university journey has been a total roller-coaster but ultimately it’s been an incredible experience. From the lows of having to retake my second year, a myriad of setbacks, and deadline stress, to scoring multiple internships, meeting some of the greatest people ever and being actively engaged in university life – I’ve managed to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in a subject I adore and be the recipient of two awards.

“Graduating has been the culmination of four years of hard work, passion and perseverance and I could not be happier and prouder of myself.” – Tanya Portch

Getting to graduate in the beautiful Cathedral with my classmates, family and partner present was an added bonus (and as a huge Harry Potter fan I felt like a Hogwarts student in the Great Hall).

CCCU has been an amazing environment in which to grow and development, and I’m overjoyed to be staying here to complete my masters degree. I’m proud to be a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University.”

Anna Woodfield: “The campus was excellent however the support and mental health team could have been improved.”

Anna Woodfield, Education Studies graduate

“During my time at university, I had a very mixed experience. CCCU is an absolutely fantastic place to study, on my course I had some excellent lecturers and some who didn’t live up to the expectation but that’s part of life and certainly university life!

The campus was excellent however the support and mental health team could have been improved. However, as I have mentioned some of my lecturers were amazing – truly inspirational.

“I loved the Student Union.” – Anna Woodfield

In second year I was vice president and in third year president of the Disney Society, a role which I absolutely loved! Planning all the movie nights and socials was an amazing experience and I even started a trip fund for the society to go to Disneyland Paris.

Despite the struggles I faced I made best friends, learnt amazing things and had the most enjoyable time!”

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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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