2 minutes with...Danielle Beltz, Kings Oxford
This week, we caught up with our Kings Oxford English Language Programme Administrator, Danielle Beltz, who is based at our city centre St. Michael's campus. We got to know Danielle a bit better by asking her some quick questions...
What is your role at Kings?
I am the English Language Programmes Administrator at King’s Oxford. I am the one who makes sure that you get your reports on time and that you get your nicely printed certificate at the end of the course.
How long have you worked at Kings and what did you do before?
I started at Kings in September 2019. Before that, I was an English language trainee teacher and worked in pastoral care with students between the ages of 13-18, so I do have a bit of experience with cheeky answers.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The free tea—I mean, I love working with students and in a school with fantastic teachers and great colleagues. And the free tea.
What do you like most about living in Oxford?
That’s a hard one! I can’t possibly name one thing… so I’m naming two. I love how inspiring the city is. Even if you’re not a student, the city still brings out a desire to work and be productive. The second reason is that the people in Oxford are all incredibly nice and openminded. With so many international students roaming the streets of Oxford, it’s very easy to feel at home.
Where is the best place you’ve visited?
My favourite city of all time is New York City. I visited once on holiday and twice while I worked in the US and I will never not be in awe of that city. My favourite piece of nature in the world lies a little closer to Oxford though, and that’s the Isle of Skye in Scotland. It’s especially pretty in spring and autumn!
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Highly recommend it!
What is your favourite film?
My favourite film of all time is Love Actually. I don’t care that it’s a Christmas film, I’ll watch that any day of the year.
Which well-known figure would you most like to invite to dinner?
Michelle Obama. I think she would be a fantastic dinner guest to have! Her experience in the White House, all that she has achieved, and her sense of humour would make for a very exciting evening.
What is your favourite quote?
Definitely this one, from the Disney film Mulan — “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”