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Natasha Steel

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Freshers Weekend!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

At the weekend I was working  the ‘Puzzled’ drop in event for Freshers. It felt weird to be there and not be a student anymore. Weird in a good way though. So much has happened in the past few months, it’s been crazy busy and I’ll be discussing that in my final video – that’ll be next week.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was getting ready to start my final year studying Video and New Media. Seeing all the Freshers yesterday and answering their questions was lovely, just a few years ago I was in that situation. I worried about what to take with me for the first week, where I needed to be and who I needed to speak to. Now the tables have turned and I’m dishing out advice and sharing stories about my time as a student. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great… it just feels weird and I guess it hasn’t hit me properly that I’m no longer a student!

Anyway, to leave this on a positive note, here’s my free ice cream I had yesterday, thanks to the Student Union!


Tomorrow Makers – University of Sunderland TV Advert

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

I’m really excited to announce the new University of Sunderland advert is here! I had so much fun being involved in the filming – and obviously putting my best acting skills to the test!

I saw it yesterday at a preview screening and it’s now live in the cinemas in the North East and on TV – I’ve not yet seen it on tv but it’s gonna be so exciting to see my face on the screen (let’s not even think about how big it’ll be on the cinema screen!)

See it below and let me know if you spot me!

I just handed in my final EVER assignment!!!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

That’s it guys, I’ve handed in my final ever university assignment, cue the cheesy photo below! Now what am I gonna do….?

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University of Sunderland Student Ambassador Video

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

I’m going to be famous… haha, not really! But I am going to feature in the Student Ambassador video. I filmed my segments for it last week and I think it went pretty well. Through being a Lives Online blogger, I’ve got a bit of an advantage since I’m used to talking to the camera whereas some of the other ambassadors might have found it a bit strange.

I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like when it’s finished! I’ve seen a sneaky preview, which I’m not allowed to share with you but when it’s all done – keep an eye on my blog and my facebook page to see it!


Giving a Blogging Workshop to Students!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

On Monday a few students from a local college were visiting the university and I gave a workshop on blogging. It’s something I never expected to be doing and I don’t in any way think I’m an expert. I’m just really interested in blogging (as some of you may know, I have my own blog Hello Freckles) both writing and reading and I spend a lot of time watching bloggers on YouTube too.

I spoke to the students about blogging generally – what they think it is, why people do it and the most important part – why should they consider it. They had a lot of interesting thoughts and the staff were really encouraging too.

Through being a student ambassador I’ve prepared and delivered presentations and I’m pretty confident talking to people – especially when it’s about a topic I’m so passionate about like blogging, so I really enjoyed giving the session. The feedback they gave me suggests they did too, who knows… could I end up considering teaching/giving workshops or even lecturing in the future? Who knows!


University of Sunderland Open Day

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

IMG_0384[1]Yesterday I attended the university open day with two of my fellow bloggers;  Grant and Anna. It felt weird to be there not wearing my bright orange student ambassador hoody (like I was on Friday) but in a white Lives Online tee instead! As I’ve worked numerous open days in the past, I’m really familiar with the layout and how the day is structured so when we were asked to assist with registration and welcoming in the prospective students, straight away I knew how to greet them and to be really friendly and chatty.

It was so strange to actually be recognised as a Lives Online blogger and I think both Grant and I were very taken aback and unsure of how to respond any more than saying “…um thank you…” One girl who attended recognised me from my sixth form as I recently went back to take part in an alumni assembly alongside 6 other students. It was really sweet of her to recognise me and I kept an eye out for her during the day to make sure everything was going well for her. She told me she’d really enjoyed visiting the university and I would like to say I hope I see her on campus but I graduate in July (eek) and won’t be around for the new freshers. That’s actually the first time I’ve wrote that down and it feels rather unnerving… Let’s move on!


The open days are structured really well so you begin by  getting all the necessary information about the campus/uni and student life in one talk, followed by a student finance and scholarships talk (which I highly recommend attending, even if you know about student loans there’s such a range of scholarships on offer that are well worth applying for) leaving you plenty of time to speak with academics, visit the accommodation and attend subject specific talks/tours.

 Both open days this weekend have been really busy and it’s great to chat to visitors about the course they’re interested in and make sure they know they can ask you any questions. I especially like chatting to potential media students and I kept telling them to check out my blog for more media information. Hello if you’re one of those I spoke to!


 I look forward to maybe seeing you at the next open day – 9th November. For more information see the University website.


  • Name: Tasha Steel
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Media Production (Video and New Media) BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Sunderland
  • Ambitions: I want to have a creative role within the media industry. I'm keeping my options open right now and just trying to get as much experience as possible.

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