Dani Gross

Degree: BA (Hons) Theatre
Currently works: In Australia, teaching English as a second language 

Why did you choose LICA?

I chose Lancaster as the facilities offered in the LICA department were far superior to those offered at other universities I considered including Aberystwyth and MMU. It was also significant that the course content was highly original and that there was the opportunity to study and explore aspects of theatre not offered at any other institutions.

What was the best part of your course?

Personally I found the best part of the course was being able to utilise the facilities and staff within the department to complete the tasks and various modules contained within. Having all of the resources available within Lancaster’s own department was completely invaluable at multiple stages throughout my degree.

How did your degree help with the work you do now?

My degree has equipped me with the confidence and presence to command a class in a manner that cannot be taught as part of a teacher training course. It has also allotted me with knowledge and creative insight that I apply on an almost daily basis when conducting classes. It was only after I started teaching that I realised how useful the performative skills I had learned as part of my degree could be in a classroom.

What's 'Lancaster Life' like?

Lancaster life is wonderful. The university campus is a sensational hub of learning and socialising providing an ideal setting to both live and work. In addition to this is the town itself which has developed a very student focused feel over recent years. There is everything that a student could possibly want in town, from shopping, to bars and pubs as well as cinemas and various other entertainment facilities. It is also worth noting that the train station in the middle of town has regular services to Preston and Manchester should you require the bright lights of a bigger city or a change of scenery.

Any advice for the next generation of LICA students?

To the next generation of LICA students the best piece of advice I can offer is to take the greatest advantage of the opportunities that lay before you while studying at Lancaster and to fully immerse yourself into student life. Never again in your life will you have this much opportunity and this little responsibility. Make the most of it…these are the best days of your life and you have picked one of the best places to see them out!