Student profile : Melanie Atwood

Melanie-atwoodMelanie is the newly elected Geography student representative for the year 1 BSc programme. 

I chose Geography… because I am truly passionate about the subject. Unlike other subjects, Geography is broad and involves not only the world around us, but also how we influence it directly. I particularly enjoy studying both the physical aspect of the subject such as glaciers as well as the human side, in particular sustainability.

My most impressive achievements is… the International Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, where I hiked around the Mont Blanc for 4 days. It pushed me to my limits physically and made me realise that determination to succeed is important.

At the moment I’m inspired by… Malala Yousafzai, who is a female activist for female education. She is brave and still gives a voice for those who do not have one. Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and it is well deserved.

Others say I… am hardworking, empathetic, and a loyal person. I am also a proud French and Swiss.

You might be surprised to know that I… have a lifeguard certificate as well as a diver certificate; this enables me to teach children how to swim.

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