Alumni and friends

Telephone callers

For 50 years the University of Surrey has been the home of outstanding teaching, research and innovation.

From 12th February to the 4th March our enthusiastic team of student callers will be getting in touch to find out about your experience at Surrey, what you have done since leaving the University and how you can give back to the University to support future generations of Surrey students.

Thanks to the generous support of Surrey’s donors, last year our telethon raised an incredible £120,000.

This sum along with your gift will have a transformative effect, from supporting ground-breaking research designed to tackle some of the biggest problems facing the world today, to providing a lifeline to students who would otherwise have to drop out of university due to severe financial hardship

Make your donation now.

Your calling team

Caroline Ajoku

Communications and International Marketing FASS Year 4 

About me:

I am currently a communication and international marketing Masters student, originally from Ireland. I enjoy socialising with friends and going to the gym, being involved with Enactus (a worldwide community of students, academics, and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to improve lives), watching movies and travelling to different countries. I believe that the most interesting thing about me is that I am a good listener - my friends and family always say that I give good advice with no judgment or bias.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I believe that supporting the University is important as it helps the continuous development of the institution. The funds raised will be able to sustain innovative programmes that help improve the quality of the education offered by the University; for me personally it is a great opportunity to give back to the University that has supported me.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

Surrey is a great University because there is always support from lecturers and the Students’ Union, especially when it comes to academic studies and personal problems. There is also the fact that the University offers a lot of extracurricular activities, which has allowed me to make friends that are from different backgrounds and cultures.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

Becoming a student caller gives me the opportunity to expand my communication skills, while also working for the University, which I believe is a privilege. Being able to talk to alumni and help raise funds for the different campaigns the University supports, makes me feel like I am making a difference and giving back to the University.

John Alao

Economics FASS Year 1

About me:

My passions include track & field athletics as well as debating.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Surrey is at the forefront of many important research projects such as 5G and various health-related issues. To support these projects means to be a part of a more connected and healthier future for all of us.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

Surrey embraces multiculturalism. Having only spent only three months here so far, I have become a much more rounded individual and gained a better appreciation for different cultures and beliefs.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

Having taken part in a telethon campaign for my school, I decided to sign up for the University’s.

Jack Blass

Business Management FASS Year 2

About me

I'm a second-year student studying Business Management (Marketing) and hope to eventually work in the advertising industry. I’m loving university life and the incredibly diverse groups of people that have become my close friends. Outside of my studies, sports and music are at the centre of my interest, as well as learning to cook.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

The growing reputation of the University of Surrey attracted me to apply here as a student. Year on year the University’s reputation continues to be enhanced, as it continues to rise in league tables, nationally and internationally.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The University has provided me with a platform to develop and grow as an individual and I have directly benefited from the additional resources provided during my time studying here.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I am passionate about the University of Surrey and all it has to offer. I am committed to its values and ethos. The role of a student caller enables me to give back to the wider University community, whilst learning to develop my communication skills in the real world.

Monica Bui

Law - LLB FASS Year 2

About me:

I am an international student from Toronto, Canada. Coming from such a multicultural city, I am excited to explore the rich history of the United Kingdom. The ease of travel within Europe is definitely something I am taking advantage of. My next trip is to Rome and Paris!

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

The sense of community at the University of Surrey should be preserved. The research the University conducts has the potential for massive international impact. Besides the advancement of research, the University’s prioritisation of student education and experience is extremely worthwhile.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The University of Surrey has lush campus grounds that provide an ideal backdrop for making new friends. From the lecturers to my peers, the sense of closeness and community feels everlasting. Guildford has the benefit of being a charming and quiet town yet only a short train ride away from London. Truly, you get the best of both worlds.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I became a student caller in order to speak with alumni. I wish to learn just as much from them, as they will from me, about the University. I wanted the chance to give back to a University that has provided, and continues to provide, such an amazing experience and education to me and many others.

Emily Clark

Sociology FASS Year 1

About me:

I am a very talkative and bubbly person who loves to be around other people. I would also describe myself as young at heart, due to an obsession with anything Disney.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Because it means I can support the institution that I live and study at, which in turn helps those around me. Furthermore, it gives me lots of new opportunities to develop and a good cause that I can proudly say that I am a part of.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The University of Surrey has so many great facilities that give students a warm and happy working environment, in which they can study and live. I particularly like the lake which is a place for students to go when they need some alone time and it can really help to relax and put things into perspective.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I've become a student caller because I feel it is a great opportunity to help others and to make a difference within my own University and to those in the local community, Furthermore, it also provides the opportunity to develop my communication skills.

Alice Culham

International Hospitality Tourism Management FASS Year 1

About me:

I love to bake and enjoy making different things for my friends and family! I have joined the baking society alongside the food and wine society, so I hope to develop my skills and knowledge through these groups,

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Supporting the University of Surrey is so vital, not only towards our wide research in various areas such as healthcare, but also supporting individual students who are trying to achieve their dream but having difficulties financially. Knowing that you have contributed to either of these causes would be incredible and something to be proud of.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

As a first year student at Surrey I have only been here for a few months, but I can already call it my second home, as I have felt so welcome throughout. From joining societies and meeting new people in my course and in my halls of residence, I have had the ability to make lots of friends, enhancing the social side of university. However I also really enjoy my subject and the lecturers have been really supportive.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I have become a student caller to develop my skills, such as communication, which will be vital in my future career in the hospitality industry. Additionally, I think it is a great experience to help important causes and students who I can relate to, as well as give something back to my University.

Shanna Deeben

German with Psychology FASS Year 2

About me:

I love languages! At the moment I am fluent in English, Welsh and almost fluent in German. I am also learning British Sign Language and Dutch in my spare time, with plans to learn Spanish and to read Braille in the near future.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Supporting Surrey is important in order to continue the work it does to ensure all students have the best university experience possible. There are a variety of causes to support, from cancer research in animals to student hardship funds, which will benefit everyone in the long run.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I like how homely Surrey feels when you first come here. The campus has a good balance of academic buildings where you can focus on work, alongside places to relax and unwind, including the lake, Starbucks and so many more!

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I became a student caller because I enjoy new challenges and I am interested in getting to know previous students and hear all about their experiences at Surrey. I also think it's important to support the causes Surrey represents and I wanted to partake in what we are trying to achieve!

Sarah El-hawary

Business Management FASS Year 2

About me:

For me, business has proved to be a fascinating subject, one that offers almost unlimited professional opportunities. Potentially I would like to set up my own business in the future. Although this is will be challenging, and could even fail, I believe that, in order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure!

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I’m proud to be part of a University that carries out research to deliver a real-world impact. The University of Surrey provides life-changing opportunities to fellow students in financial difficulty, allowing them to overcome problems that seem insurmountable, which may otherwise force them to discontinue their education.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

There’s honestly nothing I dislike about the University! It provides such a sense of belonging; from the very first day I moved into my accommodation, I felt right at home - the University offers a community feel like no other. It is also refreshing to see how much the University cares about our physical and mental well-being, as can be seen in their Student Life Mentoring scheme.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I wanted to get involved in the campaign as it’s a great way to help give back to the University, which has given me so much in such a short period of time.

Rebecca Hobbs

Adult Nursing FHMS Year 1

About me:

I'm 20 years old, I have a two-year-old stepson and have a love for scuba diving and collecting vinyls. I would love to be a prison nurse when I graduate. Finally, I would like to skydive for charity in the summer.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I think it is worthwhile because it leads to a better experience - the more we support our University, the better the facilities become, the better the support becomes, which, in turn, makes for a better education and outcome for all students.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The thing I like most about the University of Surrey is the library. It's open 24/7 and even provides blankets for late-night studying. I also really love the simulation suites for nursing, which provide state-of-the-art study conditions.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

Personally, I've become a student caller because I have seen firsthand the impact that can be made by the hardship grant. I wanted to become a student caller as I have raised money for charity before but never on this scale.

Eleanor Horton

Mathematics FEPS Year 1

About me:

One of my passions is playing hockey, which I have done since I was four years old, hopefully I’m better now than I was then!

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

It can give people massive opportunity to study at University, when they may have been unable to achieve otherwise, due to financial difficulties. There is also a chance to help fund groundbreaking research.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The campus is beautiful and in such a great location, locally and regionally, and, as well as this, the amount of support available to students is exceptional.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

It will give me an opportunity to earn some money on campus, whilst being able to help develop the fundraising scheme and learn a lot about the University through alumni's previous experiences.

Klaudijus Jarusevicius

MSc Social Research Methods FASS Year 5

About me:

Hello, my name is Klaudijus and I am a postgraduate student at Surrey. In a nutshell, I am an easy, outgoing person who is really passionate about his subject and who likes to experience new things and learn about new cultures.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I think supporting students is a vital part of our world’s future. By providing facilities and allowing students to succeed in their field, new developments and improvements are constantly created. Those innovations not only helps universities, but also contribute to the wider community.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I like a lot things about this University, however, there are few aspects that really stand out: Firstly, it is campus-based so everything is very close and you feel like you belong to a community that resembles a family. Secondly, the high teaching quality and research gives me a chance to make serious progress in my field.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I have always enjoyed talking and communicating to people, hence it was a no-brainer for me when I saw the application for the role. Additionally, I always wanted to contribute to Surrey beyond my studies and this opportunity, with the ability to share my love and passion for the institution, will allow me to do that.

Jain Kooran Kallookkaran

Accounting and Finance FASS Year 2

About me:

I enjoy playing keyboard and teach myself my favorite songs. From the age of five, I have been doing Bollywood dancing and still enjoy doing that to this day! I can speak English, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi fluently.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I like how multicultural the University is because it means that not only do you feel welcome, but you also learn more about the world. I also love the fact that everything is on campus, so the community that you are in is united and like a family. I am also proud of the fact that our lecturers and teachers are from successful backgrounds, because it motivates us as students to aspire to emulate their success.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I love how the University is very diverse and people from all walks of life come here. Due to this, it means the University is very friendly, which means I feel comfortable studying here.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I thoroughly enjoy speaking to people and would like to learn more about our alumni as well as developing my skills further. I also feel that this role is a great way for me to contribute to my University.

Weronika Kowalik

Psychology FHMS Year 1

About me:

People inspire me every day and I enjoy learning something new from those around me. I am also an avid walker, tea connoisseur and a huge Arctic Monkeys fan.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

The University gives a countless number of opportunities and shapes us as we mature. If there is anything that we can give back to compensate for this support, it seems absolutely worthwhile!

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I love the fact that as students we are supported not only by lecturers but a brilliant library, wellbeing services as well as the Students’ Union! I am really grateful that all of the staff and fellow students are always ready to give us a hand, together creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

When I came across the telethon advertisement, I realised how it would allow me to help less fortunate students, improve my communication skills and enhance my CV, so I knew it was a good role for me to apply for.

Gillian Light

Veterinary Medicine FHMS Year 1

About me:

I studied Biomedicine at Durham University before coming to Surrey. I would describe myself as a crazy cat lady and, in the future, I would like to open an animal sanctuary, where I take in dogs, goats, pigs and other animals that are unwanted due to disabilities. This is my dream, but before that I hope to become a veterinary surgeon and work in a small animal practice in Surrey.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

The University of Surrey puts the donations received towards a variety of worthwhile causes, including helping fund talented students’ studies through scholarships and providing a lifeline to students experiencing financial hardship. This could completely change these individuals’ lives and allow them to thrive at something they might otherwise not have had the chance to do.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The University of Surrey has an amazing employment rate, with 93% of graduates in employment after six months. I have been impressed with the way the University not only teaches you the theory of your subject but how to put it into practice - right from day one! For example, I am only in my first year studying veterinary medicine but I have already taken part in a fake consultation with actors to help develop my communication skills.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I have become a student caller as the donations raised will be going towards some fantastic causes, such as helping fund student scholarships. Furthermore, I relish the opportunity to talk to our alumni and learn what their experience was like at Surrey and how they started their careers. Finally, this role will allow me to develop my communication skills, an important part of being a veterinary surgeon.

Joseph Linkens

Music FASS Year 2

About me:

I love music and play classical and electric guitar, and get to perform both regularly. I also enjoy composing and writing music.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Supporting the University of Surrey is an extremely worthwhile thing to do because due to alumni support. it is a place filled with opportunities and experiences, for all students no matter their background.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I love the campus and the facilities, there are so many great resources students have access to, which can help set them up well in their future careers.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

Communication is a great thing and something that I enjoy doing and also am quite good at! Being able to represent the University of Surrey on this campaign is something I am very proud of.

Antonia-Cristina Moldoveanu

Sociology FASS Year 1

About me:

I am a versatile individual who embraces new experiences and opportunities. My main hobby is music and I am a member at Stag Radio; I enjoy introducing new music to our listeners.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

It is very important to support the University as the research that is being done here is focused on real and global issues that require new-age technology in order to work on solutions to solve them.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I would describe the past three months that I have spent at the University as the best time of my life. I have met amazing people, and been inspired by the advanced teaching methods which have increased the love I have for my course.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I've become a student caller because I enjoy talking to people, finding out their stories from their time as students and supporting the University's growth in ways that will improve  the lives of future individuals that will study here.

Amber-Valetta Nunes

Chemical Engineering FEPS Year 3

About me:

I am a Part Time Officer for the Students’ Union community zone; this means I am actively involved in helping the student body to make the most of their University experience. Whether that be by going out to Rubix, attending clubs and societies or venturing out into the unknown aka Guildford!

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I think this is a worthwhile cause because it enables the students of Surrey a lifeline when they need it the most. It offers them the option to keep their head above water financially when other things may not be going as well. The cause is so important because it is all about supporting people.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The period since I joined the University has been the best time of my life. I have met amazing people and the brilliant teaching constantly inspires me.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I've become a student caller because the University has helped me in so many ways and I feel compelled to give back. I love to talk and I’m passionate about people, so becoming a student caller felt like the right use of my skills.

Elfreda Ogiri

Law FASS Year 1

About me:

I am a charismatic and creative individual who enjoys interacting with people. I have a passion for art and fashion, which is why I have an interest in blogging. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry and reading novels as well as watching movies.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

While I have only been here for one semester, I have had such a great experience at Surrey that I would enjoy working in support of promoting the University. The support I have received has inspired me to be involved, particularly as I am also passionate about the projects the University of Surrey fundraises for, such as innovations in 5G healthcare and cancer research.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The University has put measures in place to make sure students receive all the help they need. One example of this is the SPLASH team, which helps students in areas like writing at a University level standard and conducting accurate research. This enables me to reach my highest potential and achieve the jump in standard from college to university level.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I have become a student caller because I like the idea of helping to raise funds for projects that have a large impact helping individuals, such as the Student Hardship Fund.

Diana Ogonyo

Biological Sciences FHMS Year 1

About me:

I love reading and just about anything will do - romance, historical novels or even books about volcanoes! This passion I have for reading has inspired me to volunteer in positions where I can nurture a love for reading in others, because I firmly believe that every child should know the joy that can be found in a book.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

The University is one of the best in academic league tables when it comes to student employment, support and enjoyment. I am well aware that in order to provide all it does, it must need substantial funding and we are very fortunate that so much support comes from generous donations.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

Despite the innovative, spacious and welcoming buildings all around campus, the best thing about the University of Surrey is the community. Both students and staff make me feel so welcome, safe and protected, making what was quite a difficult transition as smooth as possible.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

Raising funds, some of which will go towards supporting students in financial difficulty, is an extremely worthwhile endeavour because one day I might need to use those funds.

Austin Oladoye

Aerospace Engineering FEPS Year 2

About me:

I am fascinated by anything related to science, space technology and human development. I play the guitar and piano. I love friendly debates and the insights you gain from other people's views.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

The University of Surrey has undertaken groundbreaking research, despite being a relatively young institution. This research needs the support of alumni and people who have benefited from the University. Supporting Surrey means that you are supporting something on a grand scale that can have a real impact on important issues, such as prostate cancer diagnosis.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The campus is well structured, with a highlight being the beautiful lake, which is a great place to be in summer. The quality of teaching is outstanding, lecturers give their best in tutorials to further understand their contents. The library facilities are great, they are set up to trigger students to always study.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I believe it is an opportunity to work with the University and contribute to its growth.

Gunay Ezgi Ozyildiz

Sociology FASS Year 1

About me:

I am a student from Cyprus who enjoys meeting new people, making friends, and getting to know people from other cultures. I adore my course and I strongly believe that it widens my perspective towards the world, while helping me gain new information and helping me develop. I love finding out new places and going to cities I have never seen before. I really enjoy reading books and poetry. I am also quite an active person, swimming, hiking and camping are among my favourite activities.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Supporting the University of Surrey does not only mean supporting the institution, but the students and the society too. Supporting the University changes lives, whether it is funding research into cancer treatment or helping a student stay at University with the hardship fund, the support has a clear impact.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I love that the University of Surrey feels like home, I feel like I belong here. Most importantly, the teaching and academic staff are high quality. They are qualified and deal with your problems in a friendly and kind way.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I want to help the support the University. There is so much going on at Surrey that we need to keep up this momentum, for which we need extra funding.

Sanjana Pradeep

International Business Management FASS Year 4

About me:

Learning a new language is something I really enjoy, I can speak four languages and recently I started learning Spanish in the GGA programme!

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Supporting the University by providing donations is a great opportunity to give back to the University and help other students in need. Donating funds which will be used to support future students who encounter hardship, enables them to achieve their greatest potential by ensuring they can complete their university education. Donations also support research projects which can help Surrey excel as a University and help drive innovations in the fields of healthcare and water sanitation.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The University provides a large range of opportunities. The variety of societies really appealed to me when I went to my first Freshers’ Fayre. The careers department is another aspect of Surrey that I am impressed with. Careers were really helpful, especially when I was looking for my placement job. The University having placement partners really helps students when looking for jobs.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

Some students have to face a choice between dropping out of University or losing their housing due to unexpected hardship. I want to get involved and help raise funds for students in this situation who require support.

Haroon Saleem

Economics FASS Year 1

About me:

I am a big speaker but I also love to listen to people, which is why I was first attracted to this role!

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

The huge and lifelong opportunity that the University gives us as students is something that is hard to quantify. Consequently, in whatever way I can support the university I will so that other students can benefit from the University of Surrey just as I have.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I love how the University is very diverse and people from all walks of life come here. Due to this Surrey feels very friendly.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I have previously worked in a call centre for over a year and really enjoyed it. Additionally, the idea that I am helping my own University is a very rewarding feeling.

Soumeya Satchi

Law FASS Year 2

About me:

I have a large family, which has helped me, in more ways than I thought. As my family has members with so many difference ages, I have learnt how to interact with different people. My education has also impacted my character development. Being a second-year student, it means I have to be efficient and effective. Since there is more work to do, I know I have to balance and prioritise my education with my social life and my extra-curricular activities.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Supporting the University of Surrey is a worthwhile because the donations will be applicable to a wide range of causes. Not only will donations be used to help students who are undergoing financial hardship, but it will also be used to fund research into cancer treatments and 5G technology. From this, it is clear that when donating to Surrey one is not simply just helping the individuals at Surrey but also research which will have a worldwide impact.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

The style of teaching at the University is very good as it is constantly updated and adapted to ensure it is cutting edge. The teaching is not the only thing which I like about Surrey, I really enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular and social activities. The activities ensure a supportive environment, as they bring together the entire campus.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

During my first year, Surrey helped me with any issues I had. Therefore, I thought if I become a student caller, I will be able to give something back to the University.

Samuel Shobo

Mathematics with Statistics FEPS Year 3

About me:

Achieving grade 7 with the Oboe is one of my greatest accomplishments.  I played in my local orchestra at musical concerts where I experienced all instruments integrated to create one musical piece. I was once a Hope for Children representative where my role was to promote the awareness of children from across the globe who are deprived of basic living necessities. During this time I was given the chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Donations have a huge impact on the lives of our students. Some students are in a financial crisis and hardship grants act as a ‘lifesaver’ for these students. Without this grant, students may be forced to drop out of University which could mean one less doctor, nurse, engineer contributing to our society.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I like the sustainability of Surrey. Recycling and non-recycling bins are dotted around the campus, so a bin is always in sight. Furthermore, Surrey incentivises students to be sustainable by rewarding the campus dorm that achieves the least energy consumption. Another aspect I like about Surrey is the financial support. Being a student from a low-income household, I have had first-hand experience with the bursary schemes which has made my university experience amazing so far.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

My goal in life is to give back to the less fortunate on a large scale, hence becoming a caller is a small step in the right direction. I am also a keen learner and I believe alumni will have a lot to teach me because they have progressed to the next stage of their life. Finally, I like to talk to people as it is nice to hear about their pasts, interests and hobbies.

Michael Slavin

English Literature and Creative Writing FASS Year 1

About me:

Although I was born in the UK I have actually spent a large majority of my life abroad, living in Ireland, Dubai and Hong Kong until about 6 years ago where I moved back to the UK to finish my education. I also enjoy journalism and hope to pursue it as a career, and am heavily involved in Stag Radio and Stag Magazine.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I believe supporting the University of Surrey is an incredibly worthwhile cause, as you can help the University continue to grow while also supporting philanthropic causes that the University invests in.  

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I like how modern and forward-thinking the University is. For example the emphasis it places on employment is a key indicator of the University taking a modern approach to education and preparing students for the real world.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I felt it would be a win-win situation if I manage to simultaneously earn great experience of learning new skills, whilst aiding the University and helping further what Surrey is capable of achieving.

Thravid Thiruchelvam

Accounting and Finance FASS Year 2

About me:

My name is Thravid and I am a second-year student studying accounting and finance. I think I am a sociable, organised and motivated person and am aiming to become a chartered accountant after graduation. I play and watch all kinds of sports with great interests, such as football, basketball, badminton and swimming to name a few. I was part of the boxing society in my first year here which helped me learn a new sport to add to that list. I like to cook and socialise with new people/friends. I am a big believer in continuous growth and so will always keep trying to do new things to improve myself and learn!

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I believe this role would help give something back to the University as the money raised in part aids less fortunate students. The University also has many projects and ventures that need funding such as research into treatment for both human and animal cancer.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

Whether it be the quality of education, the environment, the facilities provided or the diverse range of people, I believe the University is doing well on all fronts. There is always something happening at the University with so many different societies and things to learn or do. The atmosphere is friendly and there is a feeling of community; no matter where you’re from, you will feel welcomed.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I really enjoy meeting new people and am always open to exploring new activities that push me which is also a big reason as I see this as an opportunity for growth, to interact with alumni and to help the University grow. The feeling of knowing the work is helping someone would be very fulfilling.

Xilombe Tlakula

Politics with French FASS Year 1

About me:

I started a charity aged 15 after losing my arm in a hiking accident. I have worked and managed it since, setting up partnerships and procuring donations. It has been an enjoyable but difficult experience and going into the future I would love to continue this type of work.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

I believe supporting the University in this way is extremely worthwhile because it has a two-fold impact. The first is that through donating to the University, you tangibly assist someone in need (through the hardship fund), but the second is that by supporting the University, you are paving the way for the next generation of thinkers and leaders.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I love the fact that the University is somewhat of a cultural melting pot. At Surrey, you can meet people from all corners of the world, who have travelled very different paths to get to this point, and have different destinations after this point. The University is the intersection where all our paths cross and, because of this, it is a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming community.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

I've become a student caller for because I see it as a fantastic opportunity to positively contribute to the university and a great way to use my time constructively.

Nathan Weavers

Politics FASS Year 2

About me:

Something that I am particularly proud of is being a camp leader while at sixth form on a Year 7 citizenship trip. I saw friendships being forged in front of my eyes due to the work that other sixth formers and I were doing, which was really rewarding. It certainly made sleeping in a cold field worth it! Furthermore, I am a keen scuba diver with the University. I am a member of the University's sub-aqua club and am currently training towards a qualification. My long-term goal is to become a fully qualified instructor to train others in a truly unique hobby.

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

Charity is often not the first thing that we think of when we think of universities. This is why I believe that the University of Surrey’s current projects are truly unique. The investment into researching key areas of life, such as clean water and cancer treatment, highlights the University’s commitment to helping the wider community.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I believe that the best thing about the University of Surrey is its beautiful campus. The large green areas and stunning lake create a fantastic working environment, which all students benefit from. One of my favourite things to do is to go for walks around campus to really take it all in, no matter what time of year it is.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

Despite only being in my second year at the University, I feel that I already have plenty to be thankful for and therefore I see the student caller role as an invaluable opportunity to give something back. Furthermore, I believe that communicating with alumni will also put my university experience into perspective by hearing what opportunities arise after studying at Surrey.

Eve Willis

Liberal Arts FASS Year 2

About me:

I love travelling and went to South America last summer. I also am a red belt in Taekwondo!

Why do you think supporting the University of Surrey is such a worthwhile cause:

The hardship fund and research projects are of upmost importance to the functioning of the University.

What I like about the University of Surrey:

I love the friendly vibe and welcoming atmosphere of the international community at Surrey.

Why I’ve become a student caller:

To make a positive impact and help raise money for the hardship fund, which I believe is an incredibly worthwhile project.