There is plenty to do in Manchester for absolutely everyone, and with its lively nightlife it’s undeniably the place to be for a great social environment.
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
Although I was unsure of what I wanted to be, I have always had an in-depth interest in chemistry which stemmed from early studies in high school. Chemistry is a central subject of science and the thought of learning about such a fundamental area is exciting. The decision to study at Manchester was a no-brainer: it’s internationally renowned research across a huge range of disciplines was definitely the most appealing feature for me.
What were your first impressions of the university and the city?
My first impressions, from my interview day, were brilliant. The staff and students were very friendly and always around to help. There is plenty to do in Manchester for absolutely everyone, and with its lively nightlife it’s undeniably the place to be for a great social environment.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
I loved my course, having learnt a lot about not only the subject areas but also about myself. The confidence I had in my tutors’ support made me more comfortable with achieving my goals. I mostly enjoyed the incorporation of extensive laboratory experience, along with the lecture courses, which initiated my passion for research.
What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?
Through my experiences, not only have I equipped myself with the knowledge of chemistry but also problem-solving and analysing skills. This combined with taking part in societies such the NHSF Manchester, has built my confidence. I learnt a lot about myself and have grown as a person, strengthening my conviction as a scientist in the process.
How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?
I have been privileged enough to study here for the past three and a half years, acquiring a wealth of knowledge, invaluable life experiences and opportunities for networking. I believe the University of Manchester is one of the most career-orientated institutions in the country. Their programmes are designed to maximise the ability to gain the vital skills necessary to succeed in this field, thereby preparing us for the world of work.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
If you are interesting in chemistry and are looking for a very student-friendly environment, lots of support from the academia and a good balance of time for both academic and social events, then University of Manchester is definitely the place. University life is not as hectic as it may seem – hours are perfect to fit in other activities. There are plenty of societies that you can get involved with to meet new people and it’s also a great way to expand your CV.