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We are proud of our talented and pioneering community of international students.

In the build-up to International Women’s Day on 8th March, we will be celebrating the contribution of women across the University who continue to champion our values of excellence and equality. Below, you can view the profiles of some of our students, staff and alumni and find out what IWD means to them.

If you would like to get involved and share your profile, email international@chester.ac.uk

Hilbeen Saifullah - MSc Oncology - Iraq

My journey

Studying in Chester has helped me to develop a number of important, academic skills. On a personal level, I am much more confident in myself and interacting with people from around the world has given me an insight into the culture and traditions of other countries. Plus, it’s great to be in a place where diversity is welcomed, appreciated and respected.

My goal

I am looking at the future with positivity. My goal is to complete a PhD and start working academically. Also, I want to continue to help people as a medical doctor. It may seem too much to do, but I am confident and optimistic about my future and hope that my experience at University of Chester will help me to achieve these dreams.

What IWD means to me 

I am very passionate about IWD, especially as I come from Iraq, where women have sometimes struggled for equal rights. The day plays an important part in educating society about our rights, equal pay and the right to choose when to marry in addition to removing cultural barriers and sexism. Although we have made progress in my country, there is still lots to do. This day is always special because it celebrates the women who have fought so bravely for equality.

 

Monica Escobedo - International Tourism Management with Spanish - USA

My journey

Following a successful, 12-year career as a hairstylist, I decided to follow my dream of living abroad and working in the tourism industry. Going to University later in life has truly been a life-changing experience. I have acquired academic skills and experiences I never would have imagined gaining, such as academic writing and being able to do a presentation at a national tourism conference that was held at University of Chester Business School last year.

My goal

I would love to manage my own tourism company, focused on film, television, literature or tourism. During my time at University, I have grown passionate about sustainability and know I will incorporate sustainability into whatever work I do in the future.

What IWD means to me

I was raised by a tribe of strong women. I grew up living with my mom, grandma and older sister. My two aunts also had a strong influence in my life. They taught me to stand up for myself and the importance of being a feminist to strive for equality. I think International Women’s Day helps us remember and give credit to the women, often overlooked by history, but without whom, the world would not be the same.

 

Eleanor Lewis - Chester Students’ Union President - England

My journey

Before becoming President of Chester Students’ Union, I did my Geography Undergraduate degree here. I’m from Bury, England so haven’t had to travel far for my studies at Chester but it is my home away from home. During my time at Chester, I never thought I would become the SU President. The opportunities provided by the University gave me the confidence and the skills to represent, and be the voice of 20,000 students. There were so many workshops and clubs to join that all added little bits to make me the person I am now.

My goal

After my time as President, I hope to study a Master’s in Environment and Climate Change, then hopefully go on to be a Climatologist. I think with climate change becoming a more prevalent issue, the demand for climate scientists is going to increase. As it’s something I’m passionate about, I hope to go into the field. I am already trying to raise awareness of sustainability at the University by hosting the first ‘Go Green Week’ in over five years. I also created the Student Union’s first Sustainability Policy and I also chair the new Sustainability Forum with the Vice-Chancellor.

What IWD means to me

International Women’s Day is about celebrating the achievements of women and allies all around the world. Whether it’s celebrating just getting out of bed in the morning, or sending a woman to the International Space Station, we all have things to be proud of. At the University of Chester, we have our first female Vice-Chancellor and myself as a female President, alongside the most females ever on the Elected Officer team in the SU.

 

Franceska Shollo – MSc Marketing Management – Albania

My journey

Studying at the University of Chester has contributed so much to my personal and academic development. I now feel very confident talking to people from all backgrounds and engaging with diverse members of the community. I have learnt how to think critically and understand the environment of a professional workplace.

My goal

My passion in life has always been education, and I aspire to develop a career in this sector. I also want to inspire and guide others by sharing my personal and professional experiences.

What IWD means to me

It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. It is a day to champion the rights of women: the right to speak, the right to work and the right to become whoever we want to be, as equal members of society. It is also a day to remind everyone that each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.

 

Susana Madrigal – MSc Family and Child Psychology - USA

My journey

Chester has aided my personal growth. I am now much more organised with my work and have taken on a number of new responsibilities which come with studying abroad. I am fully independent from my parents and embracing life as an international student in the UK. 

My goal

With my degree, I hope to return to California and become an Educational Psychologist. I want to work with teachers to help make classrooms more inclusive, and to help children from a young age cope with mental difficulties and emotional distress.

What IWD means to me

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate all women. Not just professional women, but also stay-at-home mothers and those just starting out in their career. It is also a day to remind others that our achievements should be celebrated all year round to remind a woman of her true worth.  

 

Sameeksha Pardeshi – MBA graduate 2016 – India

My journey

Studying at University of Chester made me who I am today. I stepped out of my comfort zone both professionally and personally and gained skills I never thought I would develop. Being able to think independently and make important decisions in the workplace are skills which I learnt during the MBA programme at Chester.

My goal

A good career opens so many doors in life, so I am focused on working hard and making the most of every opportunity. I am thoroughly enjoying my role as an Education Counsellor and look forward to developing myself in this sector and embracing the challenges which present themselves.

What IWD means to me

IWD is a day of recognition for every woman in the world. Whether it be yourself, your mother, your sister or your best friend. It is a day to be proud of the achievements of women and remember that we are all valued members of society whose voices are as equal as anyone’s.

 

 

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