BA French & Spanish 1979
When I arrived in Stirling in 1976 I knew very few people. I soon met students from all over the world and I became involved in the Overseas Students Society through my soon-to-be husband. At that time. the number of students was much smaller than today and we all got to know each other quite quickly. Some of the people I met I remain in touch with. I chose Stirling because of the variety of 20th century courses offered in the French and Spanish departments. The academics were extremely supportive and went beyond the norm to help freshmen students settle in and to take the course work in to other aspects of our lives. We frequently had theatre trips throughout central Scotland.
My degree in French and Spanish was in many ways a stepping stone to where I am today: I became a Languages Teacher and then went on to teach Special Education. After a few more years I went on to graduate studies in New York State, gaining a Masters Degree in Social Work. For the past 11 years I have been involved in working in family violence both in Scotland and in the US. I ran two third-sector organisations in New York State before returning to Scotland in 2011.
My biggest piece of advice to you if you’re contemplating your future careers is to network – start that as soon as you arrive in Stirling. Find like-minded people on campus and get off campus and join professional bodies at local and national level where you think you may end up after graduation. Above all, enjoy all that the University has to offer. Some of the best years of my life were spent there.
Email Christine Duncan if you would like to ask a question.