Guest alumni blogger – Monica

Hello everybody! My name is Monica, I am a former student and employee of the University of Reading. I did my MSc in Soils and Environmental Pollution at the Soil Science Department back in 2011, having chosen to do it here as this is one of the best (if not the best) department to study contaminated land issues in the UK.

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I still remember how easy it is to adapt to the student’s life, my days volunteering at the Reading Film Theatre, the international atmosphere on campus, the nights out and of course the big boat night party organised by the Latin American and Spanish Society. Gone are the days when I spent hours making recipes in the lab studying how contaminants absorbed in the human gut, but the working experience and my masters degree at the University of Reading opened the doors for me to get a job easily as an environmental consultant which is what I was doing until very recently.

My eagerness to learn new things all the time led me to teach myself how to create websites. As we all know, more and more our lives and everything around it is moving towards the internet. Also, if you ever want to create your own project or business you will need a website and social media interaction to make it successful. My first creation is the website http://www.lifeintheuktestweb.co.uk which has just been created. As it name suggests this website provides information and tests to prepare for the Life in the UK test, which is a test that individuals seeking British nationality have to pass and which assesses the applicant’s knowledge about all aspects of British life, its traditions, history, culture, community life and political system. This was a good way to put into practice all the skills I have gathered at the same time as helping people preparing for the exam. And of course, to gain a bit more knowledge about Britain, so next time I go to a pub quiz I hopefully get a few more answers right! Whether you are a UK national or not, if you are up for the challenge and want to give it a go to see whether you would pass the test or just for fun you can try at http://www.lifeintheuktestweb.co.uk/test-1. Or watch a video test here.

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And you may be wondering why is an environmental consultant developing a website about the life in the UK? Well! As I mentioned above, knowing your way around the internet is very important these days for whatever you do. Also, the fact that I am learning new skills doesn’t mean that I don’t love what I previously studied or that I do not want to do it any more. Just think about all the opportunities you can have by combining different skills!

An example is this blog, which didn’t exist when I was a student at the University of Reading and which is a great opportunity for people to be kept on the loop of what is happening in the university and to re-gain contact with old classmates.

Thank you very much to Monica for being our guest blogger. We are always looking for new bloggers – if you would be interested, please get in touch by emailing alumni@reading.ac.uk.