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Hello! What is your name, where are you based and what is your job title?

Hi, I’m Elara and I’m based at York St. John, although I’m originally from Newcastle! I am a Graduate Outreach Intern with FutureHY, which essentially means I work with the team to help deliver events in schools across North Yorkshire.


Tell us a little bit about yourself! (what do you do in your spare time, tea or coffee, pineapple on pizza, that sort of thing).

I studied History at York St. John and I specialised in 1950s USA, meaning that I wrote about Rock ‘n’ Roll, youth movements and rebelling against the norms. So, I would say that my interests are quite similar to that, but with a lot less violence. I love going to concerts, my main favourite bands right now being Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and Blossoms. I love taking photos, specifically on my film cameras, and my favourite food is (and always will be) ice cream!


Tell us about your background… (did you go to university? What jobs have you done before?)

Before university, I have had many part-time roles in retail and even in my sixth form days, I worked as a catering assistant at St. James’ Park. I always knew what I wanted to do at university, but I was never too sure what I wanted to do after it.

I actually ended up graduating from university in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and, while the world was still recovering from the virus, I moved back home and worked in retail for a year. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the advert for my internship with FutureHy that I realised that a graduate position was exactly what I wanted to do.


What are you looking forward to most about working on the Uni Connect project?

I’m really looking forward to meeting new people, working with the team, and, most importantly, making a difference. I believe that Uni Connect and FutureHy can make a massive difference in helping students understand their potential and I cannot wait to see it all in action.


Why do you think going to college and/or university is important?

I really believe it’s about the people you meet. The social networks you make in the college and university environment are both fun, but also practical. If I had not chosen to go to university, then I would not be here working with FutureHY right now. It truly does open doors for you, if it is the path that you do choose to take.


What is your top tip for someone thinking about going to university?

Just take a deep breath, have as much fun as you can, and if you are stuck on anything at all reach out to someone for help. The support in university ranges from everything from funding and costs to help with your assignments and lectures. The people at university want to see you succeed, so it is up to you to reach out. At the end of the day you’ll come out with a degree, it is the people you meet, the fun you have, and the challenges that you overcome that make up university life.

What is your favourite quote?

“Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it, you’ll still land among the stars”

“What is grief, if not love persevering”



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