Love Island 2023 star Tanya reveals plans to finish biomedical science degree after villa01/10/2023
New Love Island 2023 winter star, Tanya Manhenga, has revealed that she will be going back to university to finish her biomedical science degree after the hit ITV2 dating show.
The Islander, 22, from Liverpool, is yet to complete her three-year course at the University of Salford, in Manchester, but will return after the villa as she has just "one little term left".
Tanya insisted that she wouldn't just leave her degree for Love Island as it's something that she's "dedicated time and effort into".
Speaking to press, including OK!, ahead of Love Island starting on Monday 16th January, Tanya said: "It's definitely something I'm going to go back to when I finish Love Island. I literally love it. I surprised myself throughout the whole course how much I loved it."
She added: "I'm definitely going to finish the degree because I literally just have one little term left and that's something I wouldn't just leave because I've dedicated time and effort into that. I'm not just gonna stop because I want to do Love Island.
"So I'm definitely going to finish the degree and then see where it takes me after that because I feel like you never know what's going to happen when you finish the show.
"So if there's opportunities there, I'll definitely take them as well, if it's something I really want to do but it has to be something that is amazing for me to leave what I was doing before."
Talking about her future aspirations, Tanya said: "So if Love Island wasn't there, or even after, I would have continued to finish my degree and then I would have done embryology, which is working in IVF.
"So an embryologist working in IVF, so helping people have babies and stuff. That was the only job that I knew I wanted because it's the most rewarding to me. And I want to wake up and do something that is helping somebody. So yeah, that's definitely what I would go do."
Speaking about her mother's reaction to her going on Love Island, Tanya said: "My mum was just like, she's so happy that I was at the end of the degree because she would have hated if I just left it in the middle.
"She was like: 'Are you sure you're gonna come back to it?' and I'm like: 'Yes, mum, I spent a lot of time doing it' and so she was a bit like: 'Are you sure?'
"After she realised I had done most of my degree, she was literally like: 'Go for it, this seems like something you would do!'. I was surprised as she was so supportive. She was like: 'I can't wait to see you on the TV!'"
In terms of preparation, Tanya admitted her time before the villa has been "very simple and straightforward", although the Islander admitted she has packed 50 bikinis, joking: "You never know how long you're gonna be in there. So you need to be prepared!"
Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 16th January on ITV2 and ITVX.
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