The iFreps are members of our Freshers’ Week team who help and support international students particularly. Some, but not all, have experience of moving to the UK from abroad and can help with practical questions (bank accounts, phone number) as well as cultural ones.
Chiara Di Batista
Ask me about: International Committee, Castle Stash, Fencing, How to make a good Carbonara, Italy
Favourite Castle memory: Watching the sunrise from the top of the Keep
Top tip: When in doubt, the Undie is always a good choice
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course: Combined Honours in Social Sciences
Ask me about: Politics, philosophy, student theatre, debating, dance
Favourite Castle memory: Being in the cast of Castle panto
Top Tip: The theatre scene at Durham is great, give it a go!
Email address: email@example.com
Course: English Literature
Ask me about: Where to get coffee
Favourite Castle memory: castle day always
Top tip: apply for everything!
Patrick Hayes (Australia)
Ask me about: College history and traditions, sharing a room, being an international student, Australia, the Christian Union, the Ball Committee, the Tech Committee, Castle Chapel, and Castle Mixed Lacrosse.
Favourite Castle memory: Setting up lights on the Durham Castle mound for Castle Tech! Great views, but not a good experience if it’s raining heavily!
Top tip: Make the most of your first year by getting involved in College. Meet as many people as possible and don’t be afraid to try something new.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course: Theoretical physics
Ask me about: Anything music related (both college and the wider university) or how nuclear fusion is closer than you think!
Favourite Castle memory: Getting celebrate the end of a successful freshers’ week at Freshtival
Top tip: Don’t be afraid to go to an event even if you don’t know anyone else who’s going. You’ll make friends quickly and won’t regret it.
Course: Computer Science
Ask me about: my very strong opinions about the best places for iced-coffee in town, the ultimate spot for sunset-watching and ‘komp-ski’ of course
Favourite castle memory: casually mentioning that I’m from castle (not flexing I promise) in every single conversation during my first two weeks
Top tip: If you’re the least bit interested in something, get out there and do it without overthinking it