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Success Stories:
#IAm…an Undergrad

  • Full name:

    Louise Donohue

  • Course studied at Barnfield College:

    Sport and Exercise Science

  • Current title:

    BSc Sport & Exercise Science Undergraduate Scholar


Why did you choose Barnfield?

“Barnfield was actually the only college that would allow me to enrol on a course, as I wasn’t fresh out of school!”

Why did you choose your particular course?

“I actually fell into it as the course I’d applied to was cancelled, so it was my only option. It turned out to be for the best!”

What do you remember most about your time here?

I had the best relationships with the Lecturers. They helped shape me into the person I am today. They were always there to support me. I feel the way Barnfield and my course was set up, allowed me to flourish and show my spark in my work. You aren’t just a number at Barnfield.”

Louise Donohue on an exercise bike
University of Hertfordshire

What are you doing now?

“I’m currently studying Bsc Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Hertfordshire after receiving an unconditional offer to study here. At first I was overwhelmed but I remembered the advice [Sport & Fitness Subject Area Lead] Stephen Pollock had given me and so far I am doing very well. I finished my first module with a 1st.

“I’ve also thrown myself into the deep end, volunteering with the Elite Performance Sports here at Herts, doing Performance Analysis, which is ultimately what enabled me to earn my Internship with a Super League Netball Team, Benecos Mavericks. I am also on the Boxing Team here. I went to the British University Championships and won a Bronze Medal for the University, which was one of the most challenging things I have ever done!”

Louise Donohue close up

“Barnfield was some of the best years of my life, I’ll always be thankful for what it offered me, which has enabled me to get where I am today which I truly never thought I’d be able to do.”

Louise Donohue, Undergraduate Scholar

How useful was your course in helping you secure your current position?

“If I hadn’t opted for the SES course at Barnfield, I wouldn’t be where I am now! So doing that course has quite literally been life changing. It gave me a base knowledge which has allowed me to be ahead of others in some modules.

“Barnfield helped me hugely with my application to University and the work experience portion of the course has been a great addition to my CV. As I earned so many UCAS points from thriving at Barnfield, I also won a Scholarship!”

What skills did you learn at Barnfield College?

“Organisation; Time management; The ability to work under pressure; Transferable skills; Self motivation. “

How did the college experience help you get to where you are today?

“Barnfield was where things changed for me. It was there that I had my moment of realisation of my calling in life. I’m thankful that Barnfield were able to offer me a course in my chosen area and guide me to where I am now.”

Louise Donohue with weights
Louise Donohue with weights

Which of your achievements are you most proud of?

“The first that springs to mind is my Scholarship. I never in my wildest dreams thought I could get one. I’m known as a Jarvis Centenary Scholar. I get £2k every year to aid my studies and a bucket full of confidence comes with that.

“I also received a Dean’s Commendation from the Dean of the School of Life & Medical Sciences, for getting my internship and my dedication to my work.”

Any other comments?

“Barnfield was some of the best years of my life, I’ll always be thankful for what it offered me, which has enabled me to get where I am today which I truly never thought I’d be able to do.”

How would you sum up your experience in three words?

“Life-changing; Character-building; Enjoyable!”


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