I have been working for St Andrews for over ten years and alongside my role as House Manager I also provide support and training for new House Managers. It is great to be able to share my experience with new members of the team and help make sure that all the Halls run professionally and our students are cared for to the highest standards.
Before I joined St Andrew’s I was the Head Nursing Assistant at Leicester Royal Hospital. My background in healthcare has been very helpful in my current role and I enjoy combining my professional training of caring for people with my role as House Manager. In my experience, international students benefit from the extra attention and individual care that I can provide. Helping new students settle into UK life, make friends and embrace the opportunities that Cambridge has to offer is one of my favourite aspects of my job.
Over the course of a year, I form a real attachment to my students and it is a great privilege to be able to help them all in whatever way I can. For some students this can be as simple as making sure they are up in the morning to get to class on time or helping them get to grips with their new timetables! Other students can find the transition to living and studying in a new country a little harder and, for those students, I am always on hand to provide the emotional and practical support that they need to flourish during their time at the College.
In the rare moments that I am not looking after my students, I enjoy reading. When I was younger, I competed in speech and drama competitions and won many medals and trophies of which I am very proud. My other hobbies are going to the gym and walking around Cambridge. Cambridge is a fantastic city and has many hidden treasures. It is a real joy to be able to share my knowledge of the city with the students, and help them discover everything that the city has to offer.
I love working as a house manager, watching students grow and achieve their goals and giving them the confidence to follow their dreams.