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Lesroy Lake

Lesroy LakeEnvironmental Health Officer, Government of Anguilla

BSc Environmental Health, 2013

What inspired you to choose to study at Middlesex University?

Firstly, Middlesex offered the course I want to do, and additionally it was the only University I knew that offered the course in London. I also liked the fact that Middlesex University is a diverse university with people from all walks of life.

What one piece of advice would you give to a new student preparing to study at Middlesex?

I would advise new students to be prepared for the work load. It isn't all fun and games! I believe life at university is very difficult if you procrastinate and put off course work.

Do you have a defining memory of your time at Middlesex? What makes this stand out in particular?

I was a member of Salem MDX Society which aims to provide a vibrant Christian fellowship for students. Through the Society, I met individuals who share my passion, which is to serve God. It was very empowering to know there were others who shared my passion.

What made you want to study your course?

Working as an Environmental Health Assistant in my home country stirred up my passion for food safety and encouraged me to study Environmental Health.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed the practical lab work which involved using various foods for a variety of purposes, such as bacterial count.

 What was the most interesting/influential/important thing that you learned during your course?

The importance of law and regulation was particularly interesting as I did not realise the extent of their role in the field of environmental health.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you get to where you are professionally today?

Middlesex equipped me with both the skills and knowledge required to get to where I am professionally today. Studying BSc Environmental Health has helped me with career progression as I am now an Environmental Health Officer in Anguilla.

What made you choose the industry you work in?

My desire to educate, promote and prolong the life of the general population of Anguilla has been the driving force behind my enthusiasm and interest in Environmental Health.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder after you graduated? Would you recommend this route?

I had already been employed by the Anguilla government for two years before I started my studies at Middlesex University. This gave me the experience I needed and helped me to get my 'foot on the career ladder'. The government of Anguilla then funded my course which enabled me to develop the skills needed to progress professionally.

What advice would you give to those just starting out at Middlesex?

My advice to new students is to be friendly and sociable with others. Friends don't always serve as a distraction but can help you achieve your goals as they stand by you every step of the way, offering both emotional and study support when needed.

What would you say your career highlights are to date?

When I got promoted from an Environmental Health Assistant to an Environmental Health Officer.

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