Hannah Knaggs is an international graduate from Texas USA. After five years at Hartpury – during which time she studied Access to HE and MSci Equine Science, and helped shape the student experience as Students’ Union President – she’s here to share her tips and insights.
Hannah’s Hartpury journey
Hi, I’m Hannah. I knew I wanted to study equine science as soon as I found out I could!
I chose Hartpury without stepping foot on campus, I hadn’t even been to the UK until I arrived on campus for the induction day. The choice was easy for me as Hartpury had everything I could ever dream of, from the facilities to the class sizes.
The fact that Hartpury is on the smaller side gave me confidence that I wouldn’t be a number to the lecturers. I knew that I’d get a world-class education alongside practical experience.
I started on the Access to HE diploma. The equine modules were taught by a university lecturer and I owe a lot to her when it comes to my success in my degree. From the start, she told us that she was going to expect us to work hard and that she would do her best for us. I think that setting those expectations pushed me to do my absolute best.
When I started, the MSci Equine Science was my ultimate goal. I originally wanted to put focus on nutrition, but as my modules progressed, I found a passion for exercise physiology and biomechanics.
I really enjoyed doing both of my dissertations. They made me fall in love with academia and research, and have prepared me for a career and hopefully a PhD in the near future!
How to succeed in your studies
I found that if you reach out to staff and take all the opportunities you can, you will get more out of Hartpury than you could ever image possible.
That’s my best tip for coming to Hartpury – you get out of it what you put in. In terms of your course, get to know your lecturers and be as open and honest as you can. They’ll do everything in their power to help you and they genuinely want to see you succeed.