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Lauren's story

From Drama student to Canterbury Arts Festival, read how CCCU helped Lauren begin her career. 


Lauren graduated with a BA Honours in Drama and is now the Programme Coordinator for one of Canterbury's largest festivals, Canterbury Festival, which is a diverse international arts festival that attracts artists and performers from all over the world.

Read how Lauren's passion for Drama transpired into a career in the Arts. 

Pursuing her passion in Drama

"In my last year of secondary school, I was uncertain about what I wanted to do when I left. I felt that the only reason I would apply to go to university was because I would be the first in the family and wanted to make them proud, but I wasn’t doing it for myself.

"However, over the next couple of years of focusing solely on Drama at Mid Kent College, it reminded me of why I love what I do and that I did want to go to university.

"The passion that I have for Drama motivated me to succeed and gain experience, so university was the best option for me and I haven't looked back since."

Choosing the right university 

"CCCU was one of the only universities that I really wanted to go to, and when I attended an Open Day, I knew that this was the right choice. Walking around the campus made me feel relaxed and I could really see myself being there.

"The course offered a variety of modules and that was a main factor of interest for me. I wanted to get the most out of my time at University and I felt that CCCU could offer that to me, and it did.


Real-life skills and opportunity 

"Being in higher education has certainly changed my aspirations and made me think differently about all possibilities for my future.

"Although I didn't make it on to the stage as initially planned, I'm still heavily involved within the arts and will continue to succeed on this path. I love what I do and wouldn't have been able to do this without CCCU. 

"Canterbury Christ Church University has helped me to establish myself as a young professional with a set of valuable skills that have helped me to secure my first important role within the industry.

"Each day I'm learning something new, and this will help me when taking the next step in my career.

"Without studying at CCCU, I wouldn't have made contacts in the Canterbury Arts Festival or had the chance to demonstrate my abilities, so I'm incredibly grateful for all the opportunity that being a part of the University has given me.

"If you're looking for a university that offers more than a degree, then I'd definitely recommend CCCU. My time here truly set me up for my career. There's a real emphasis on real-life skills and much opportunity for networking. So, I'd say go for it!"

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