UCLan graduate Jesse talks about his Northern experience
Jesse moved from Essex to Preston to study BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. Whilst in the North of England, he chuckled at the obsession with pie and gravy.
Originally from Essex, Jesse had never been to the North of England and wasn't quite sure what to expect. He found the move daunting and intimidating and he saw vast differences in culture and accents. After a couple of weeks in his new city, Jesse started to enjoy being in the North but one thing shocked him - the obsession with pie and gravy. He had never experienced a level of fascination for a particular combination of food before and it still makes him chuckle to this day.
Jesse had always been a sporty person and played a lot of tennis in his youth. He originally wanted to be a coach but whilst at college he became fascinated with how influential the ‘mindset’ can be on an athlete's success. He eventually settled on studying BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, seeing himself in a career as a Sports Psychologist.
"I had to overcome much self-doubt and find an extra gear in the final year but I felt entirely supported throughout."— Jesse Asamoah, BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology graduate
Jesse did year one of his course at UCLan partner college, Runshaw College, and was proud to start at UCLan as a fresher. He described himself as "not a natural student", nevertheless, he cracked on and got a vast amount of support from his passionate tutors. He said:
“I really had to push myself to become a better student, to be more hardworking and to persevere. I had to overcome much self-doubt and find an extra gear in the final year but I felt entirely supported throughout”
Jesse said that the most challenging part of University was writing his dissertation, particularly during the final weekend. His laptop stopped working at the worst possible time and he really had to find the inner strength to keep going. Luckily, he could use one of the computers in our Preston Campus Library.
Jesse describes the feeling of completing his dissertation as “fantastic” as he knew this was the start of a new journey for him. He said:
“At that moment I didn't even think about grades or results, I was just proud to have completed my Bachelor's.”
Jesse is now studying at postgraduate level on our MSc Sports Business Management course. In the future, he wants to set up and grow his own specialist sports academy and feels this master's course will help him achieve that goal.