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"Well, what a year this has been! When I first applied to study Midwifery, I never thought that there would be anything like the Covid-19 pandemic. In March everything came to a halt, but our NHS frontline workers and key workers carried on, putting their lives on the line to help us. I am so incredibly proud of every single one of them, and it has only intensified my passion to become a midwife! When it came around to university starting, to be honest, I was a little bit apprehensive about what the system would be at uni. Like many of the courses at ARU, Midwifery is a very hands-on learning experience and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be getting that same experience as the previous first years. Induction day came around fast, and I already had tons of information from ARU, ensuring me and my fellow classmates that there was a system in place to protect us and the staff there. Sure enough, when we got there it was very organised! At the Freshers’ Fair, there were many stalls (including a Domino’s stall, giving out free pizza!) with loads of different societies and activities that we could sign up for. There was a special track-and-trace system there keeping everyone as safe as possible, and we were encouraged to wear masks and socially distance from each other. In the lecture theatres, all of the seats had allocated “ticks” to say where we can sit so that we are all nicely spread out. I have just finished my first proper week as a student midwife, most of my lectures have been online and we have been given a specified timetable with all the links on to easily access them. (To be honest, I’ve quite enjoyed my online lectures and my cups of tea!), and we are in one day a week so that there is less congestion on campus. In my eyes, starting my first week as an undergraduate student at ARU has been amazing. Different than I thought? Yes, but have my expectations of my safety and education been assured and proven? Yes! I think ARU have done an amazing job at keeping us safe whilst still having a positive learning experience from uni and I cannot wait for what the future holds for me and my degree." Freya, @made_for_midwifery ✨ #ARUProud #GoingToARU

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