Tanyel is studying BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science. She is a duel citizen of Britain and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and decided to return to education to launch a career in the equine sector.
Why did you choose Writtle University College?
After having a light-bulb moment to pursue my passion for horses, coming back to education as a mature student and living in London meant that relocating or staying in university halls to do a degree wasn't really an option for me. Luckily, this is when I came across Writtle while searching online for equine-related courses.
Although I was unable to attend an open day, by attending a student-life webinar hosted by the marketing team to ask questions about the courses, seeing the stunning nature-filled campus, high student satisfaction rate, being only an hour's drive away from home and WUC being one of the only universities to offer a specialised equine behaviour course, it was really a no-brainer!
What are the highlights of your time at Writtle?
Writtle has a very special place in my heart and is an experience I will remember for a very long time. Enrolling on this journey has allowed me to pursue a lifelong dream (as cheesy as that may sound!) which I never thought I would be able to.
Receiving recognition for my hard work in my second year when I was nominated for a student spotlight award for community excellence was the best surprise, however engaging in equine practicals at Cow Watering Campus with peers and guest lecturers such as Justine Harrison and presenting my research findings at the Hartpury Alltech Student conference must be the highlight!
Coming from a developing country which has limited access to research in general, I remember being astonished by the number of resources available. I was also taken by surprise by how supportive and friendly everyone is, the lecturers and staff go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and donate their time outside of teaching to cater to anything you need. This really helped me find my confidence as an equestrian and I will be eternally grateful.
What are your plans for the future?
This degree has taught me knowledge that the industry just wouldn't be able to. I am currently in a couple of volunteering positions thanks to Writtle connections which will help me gain experience directed towards my long-term career goal of establishing an international welfare organisation and building my brand as a behaviourist.
I am confident and motivated to provide equine behavioural consulting services and work towards becoming IAABC certified.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
A big thank you to Rosa and all the equine staff who tirelessly invest their time and energy into the students.
For more information on Writtle University College's equine courses, visit writtle.ac.uk/equine.