Former Student Profile - Hannah Keating - Class of 2014
What years did you attend WHS?
What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?
For my A Levels, I did Psychology, PE and English Literature, as well as Biology to AS Level. I loved PE and was keen to study Sports Science at university, so this combination of subjects worked really well, with each feeding in to the other in different ways. For example, there was a lot of crossover in psychological theory with sports psychology parts of PE, and studying English helped me develop my writing skills which helped with my psychology essays. In terms of extra-curricular, I was really involved in PE, particularly helping out with netball coaching/umpiring for younger year groups, and when I got into sixth form I even used to use my free periods to teach PE lessons alongside the PE teachers!
Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?
I have so many great memories from WHS! One of my favourite memories was the first international Sports Tour to South Africa when I was in Year 13, which was the summer of 2014 – it was such a fantastic way to finish off my time at WHS! I also loved the final few weeks of Year 13, although they were sad, they were also so much fun with Dress Up Day and Leavers Day!
What did you do after school? Gap year, straight into business or Uni.
Once I finished at WHS, I went to Loughborough University to study Sport & Exercise Science. I had ambitions when I left WHS to become a PE teacher, and Loughborough was/is the best university in the UK to study Sports & Exercise Science at. Another reason I chose Loughborough was for the sense of community I felt on the Open Day. It’s a campus university meaning everything is so close and convenient!
What are you up to now?
Throughout my time at university, I got involved in my Students’ Union (highly recommend!), particularly the Welfare & Diversity section which aims to promote student wellbeing and diversity on campus. When I finished my degree, I got a paid one-year job running that section full-time. This ignited my passion for supporting students through pastoral issues they were facing at university. I knew after this role I wanted to continue in this area, rather than teacher training as I’d originally imagined.
Following this, I started another role at Middlesex Students’ Union in North London, supporting a diverse range of students including commuter students and international students. Here, I was able to speak to lots of wellbeing professionals who had all qualified for their roles in different ways.
After learning so much about different qualifications available, I decided to return to university to study for a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Occupational therapists help to rehabilitate people in a huge number of settings (hospitals, patients’ homes, mental health wards, prisons) who have had some kind of disruption to their health, whether that be physical or mental. I’m just finishing my first year of the two-year course now, and I absolutely love it – it’s like the course was made for me!
What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?
I’d definitely say don’t worry if you don’t know exactly where you want to end up. I thought I knew and actually, after going to university things in your life really change and shape you as a person. If you’d have told me aged 18 at the end of Year 13 that in 6 years’ time I’d be studying for a healthcare-related degree, I wouldn’t have believed you! I didn’t even know what Occupational Therapy was a year and a half ago, but I’ve definitely found my ultimate passion in it now – it’s never too late!