Gabriela Gomes Pavan Goncalves

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Chevening scholarship

Gabriela chose to study Sport Business and Leadership MSc as she is passionate about sport, and wishes to improve women's participation in sports leadership.

Gabriela also hopes to further her studies by studying a PhD.

Why did you choose Loughborough University London?

I chose to study at Loughborough University London because it is the best university in the world for sports-related subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 & 2018) and it offered the programme I wanted to study.

What’s your favourite thing about Loughborough University London?

Loughborough University London is a University which can combine the tradition from the East Midlands campus with the innovation from the London campus and this combination makes the University incredibly unique.

Why did you decide to study your course?

I chose to study Sport Business and Leadership mainly because I'm a sport passionate middle management professional looking for work with strategies to improve women participation in sports leadership.

Describe what it is like to be a postgraduate student and how this differs from being an undergraduate.

Being a postgraduate student is demanding, but at the same time, once you manage your time effectively there are plenty of opportunities to achieve. I think the largest difference between postgraduate and undergraduate students is the difference between depth and breadth. For undergraduate you focus on a breadth of study, whereas postgraduate you learn more in depth.

Where do you see your career in 5 years' time?

I see myself working with career transition programmes to help female athletes be better prepared to work as leaders in any area, including sport organizations after their retirement of the athletic career.

How did you like to spend your time away from your studies?

I enjoyed spending my free time travelling to experience different cultures.

If you could give one piece of advice to a postgraduate student, what would it be?

Enjoy your lectures, reading and writing. Make sure you take a deep breath before your dissertation and believe in yourself and in your choices – know that you can do it! Your postgraduate programme flies by so enjoy the most of everything you can.