Abbie’s Newcastle University


In an attempt to overcome my fear of heights, I completed my first tandem skydive in my second year, raising money for charity at the same time. This was the start of my adrenaline addiction, and was shortly followed by a bungee jump by the Tyne bridge. I also took up running, something I had been strongly averse to in the years prior!

In my final year I volunteered for a local charity, Comrades of Children Overseas (COCO), and with them I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, reaching the summit and raising £2,500 in sponsorship.

Whilst in Tanzania, I took part in several COCO volunteer projects such as building a Vocational Training Centre and living with an indigenous Maasai tribe for two weeks teaching maths, English and Swahili to nursery children. It was a thrilling and wholesome end to my undergraduate life.