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August alumni of the Month

Celia Gueto Melo - BA Economics, 2016

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Why did you choose to study at UEL?
I thought it was a unique opportunity to go abroad, improve my English and immerse myself in a diverse environment. I also chose UEL due to its excellence in Sport and due to their strong curriculum.

What is your one special memory of your time at UEL?
A special memory I have was when I was awarded a civic citizen bursary. It encouraged me to continue engaging at a community level and to see important role universities play in integration.

What have you done since graduating from UEL?
I studied an MSc at the London School of Economics and then worked for over two years at the European Union. I now work in India at a University managing project funds and teaching European affairs.

What is your current job role? And what does it involve?
Project Officer at Chitkara University, managing EU funds in order to boost the academic and civic relationship between India and the European continent.

How did UEL help you get to where you are now?
UEL taught me that our world is diverse. It prepared me academically to pursue postgraduate studies and to become the youngest trainee at the European Commission, with 22 years old.

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would repeat to myself that university years only happen once in a lifetime and that I should really take care of the friends and connections I made as a student.

What advice would you give to UEL current students preparing to graduate?
You are lucky to be part of such a great institution. UEL offers tones of opportunities: career advice, sport and activities, internships, mentoring... Make the most out of it.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know:
Most people don't know that I am terrible at cooking and that student noodles are still probably one of the best dishes I've ever made.

If you were to do it all again, would you still choose UEL?
Yes, seeing how they still engage with their alumni and with the local community makes me think that I definitely made the right decision when I decided to study at UEL.