An International Taekwondo champion is graduating from Ulster University this year after completing her studies while also competing in three European competitions since 2015.
Rakia Alouane from Bangor graduates with a BSc Hons in Health Physiology on July 6 and has already started preparing for the 2018 European Championships in Estonia.
“During my studies, the main issue I faced was balancing competitions with tests. I competed in three European competitions, which meant I had a hard training schedule to keep up with. I was lucky to have a supportive network through my lecturers and course director who were very understanding.
“Having such a tight schedule motivated me to work even harder and I’m delighted to be graduating this year."
Reflecting on her time as a student, Rakia said:
“I found studying at Ulster University a great experience and I’ve made friends for life. The closeness of our class made the experience even better. The course has definitely set me up for great opportunities and I was able to enjoy a short placement opportunity through the University at the Downe Hospital Cardiac Ward. The experience was fantastic and gave me an insight into what it would be like to get a job in a similar setting.”
Jacqui Crawford, Course Director, Ulster University said:
“Rakia’s sporting success has been a major achievement for her on top of her studies. During her time at Ulster University Rakia was an enthusiastic and committed student with a focus and determination which can only be of benefit in her future career."
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