Graduate profile: Rosie Firmin, BA Comparative Literature and English

Name: Rosie Firmin

Course: BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature and English and American Literature, 2015

What are you doing now?
Teaching English Language and Literature in an International School in Cyprus.

What attracted you to your course, and to Kent?
Kent had an incredibly warm and friendly atmosphere. The course was interesting and covered a wide variety of topics which appealed to me.

Which aspects of your degree did you enjoy the most, and why?
I particularly enjoyed my Nordic Literature module because of the scope of the texts studied.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?
Their friendly and approachable manner.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now in your career?
The ability to demonstrate your own passion for the subject when you’re teaching it to others.

Are you still in touch with any of your fellow students?
Yes. Many of them. I met my best friend at UKC.

Could you describe a typical day in your current role?
My day involves teaching students varying from ages 10 to 19. In my secondary teaching I lead the children through studying classic texts and modern ones, currently we are studying A Streetcar Named Desire. My primary role involves teaching the younger children the foundations of the English language.

What are your future plans/aspirations?
I would like to open up my own International school someday or (failing that) a small bookshop in Canterbury.

What is your favourite memory of Kent?
Trying a module of Ancient Greek and failing miserably. I love the irony that I now teach in a Greek speaking country!

What advice would you give to somebody thinking of coming to Kent?
To pick a course which truly interests you.

How would you describe your time at Kent in three words?
Engaging, inspirational and happy.

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