My name’s Tristan, and I’m studying Paramedic Science.
Before coming to study at Anglia Ruskin I was working in a hospital but I knew I wanted to do something more frontline. Studying to become a paramedic means I get to use the skills that I learnt when working, plus I’m learning the theory and the practical skills on my course to graduate and start work as a paramedic.
The lecturers make it really easy for you to get to grips with your studies here. Both Anthony Kitchener and Alan Bell are inspiring. One has so much academic know-how and the other has a really practical background – it means we get the best of both worlds.
On the practical side, it can feel like you’re being thrown in at the deep end, but that’s OK because you’ve got support from your lecturers and mentors. The best thing of all is being out on placement. In the classroom you learn about practical skills and then you put them into practice, in reality, out on placement.
Cambridge is beautiful and it’s a great place to study and to live, but you have to make sure to get the balance right between play and study. I live in university accommodation, sharing with four other students who’re all studying different courses, and we get on really well.
When I graduate, I want to work for Cambridge’s ambulance service for a year. Then I want to come back to Anglia Ruskin to study for a Masters. After that, I hope to join UK HEMS, the air ambulance service.
If you’re thinking about coming to Anglia Ruskin, then my advice would be stay focused, do the work and have fun.