Gabriela Gomes Pavan Goncalves

Country
Brazil
Scholarship
Chevening Scholar

Gabriela chose to study Sport Business and Leadership MSc because she is passionate about sport and is looking for work 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 (according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings) and it offers 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.

What helped you choose Loughborough University London?

I met with Professor Robert Allison and some representatives of Loughborough University back in Brazil, when they visited the Club I worked at, which had a partnership with British Olympic Association. I also attended a UK University fair hosted in my hometown and Loughborough University was there.

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.

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

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 do you like to spend your time away from your studies?

I like to spend my 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.