From chip shop to non-stop

A photograph of interviewee, Chloe McHale, laughing

How moving across the Pennines changed one student’s life

By Lucy Hopwood

Chloe McHale, 19, left her small hometown and part time chip shop job behind to chase a more fulfilling life in Leeds.

McHale said: “Living in the city has changed my life for the better, I’d never have imagined to be leading a life like this two years ago.”

“I come from a small town in Cheshire called Sandbach and I lived there all my life until moving to Leeds in September 2018,” McHale explained, “(…) before moving here I was bored and beginning to feel really down about the lack of variety in my life.”

Currently in her second year of a Law degree, McHale sought after a way to fund her new life in the city.

A photograph of interviewee, Chloe McHale, smiling.
McHale moved to Leeds to study Law at university.

McHale said goodbye to the hairnet as she saw a dramatic change in her part time employment, finally able to follow her dream of being a self-employed nail artist. She said: “I’ve wanted to do nails for as long as I can remember and have taught myself, but due to the size of my hometown there just wasn’t many nails to paint.

“I took the plunge and set up social media pages when I moved to Leeds, and now I’m non-stop between clients and university.”

McHale now looks forward to graduating and balancing her future law career with continuing being a nail technician. She added: “I love turning my clients’ visions into reality, it’s more rewarding than asking someone if they want salt and vinegar on their chips.”

About the Author

Lucy Hopwood
Lucy is a third year journalism student at Leeds Beckett University.

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