I have had the most incredible, rewarding, unexpected, mind broadening experience while keeping up with the challenges of studying.
How did you decide on your degree choice?
I have always wanted to go travelling and to experience living in another country. So when I saw that studying abroad was an option, it was a clear choice.
What were your first impressions of the university and the city?
Manchester is my home, so the city is not new to me. I have often passed by the campus, but being part of the University added more character to Manchester.
My first impressions of the University were that the staff were very welcoming and helpful. The campus had a great atmosphere; it was well located as it’s close to the vibrant city centre which is much cheaper than London. I just had a good feeling about studying here and saw myself settling in and doing well.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
The challenge of a degree, being back in education and meeting people from all over the world! My 3rd year was what I enjoyed the most; a lifetime experience, the chance to live and study in another country, immersing in completely different cultures, learning about the world and meeting the most incredible people.
What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?
From the degree itself, I have learnt to work towards a goal, to work efficiently and safe in the labs, to read and write academic papers, to analyse and question things I have read or have been told, to problem solve, find solutions, to organise my time and resources.
From my year abroad, the lesson and skills that I learnt were beyond the scope of the curricular. I feel I have grown so much as an individual and my mind has been broadened. My perspective of everyday life and the way I approach things now are very different. It is such a huge journey and experience that it is hard to explain in a paragraph. In short, you learn a lot about the person you are, you go to new places where you can thrive and be whoever you want to be, you become more confident, learn about different cultures, people and countries. You learn quickly to manage time in a way that you benefit from both thriving academically and leisurely. Travelling around Asia made me aware of my surroundings and the world, I learnt to think quickly in a situation, present options and find the most beneficial solution. Also to plan travels, excursions, budget, to be comfortable and communicate well in any situation.
How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?
It is such a challenging degree, but rewarding when you achieve what you want and while studying here I have met so many wonderful people. The staff here are so friendly, patient, understanding and very helpful. Lecturers are supportive and the way we are taught is diverse; from lectures, to group discussions, to tutorials, to workshops, and one to one sessions. With the constant feedback system in place, I feel that the School of Chemistry is very considerate of the way students learn and their opinions. Furthermore University of Manchester has so much to offer; societies, events, fairs, scholarships, volunteer schemes and a supportive careers department.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
If you enjoy the adventure of exploring a new place, meeting new people, trying new cuisine, learning about diverse cultures, the challenge of independence, basically ready for something new alongside an academically challenging course. ABSOLUTELY DO IT! I have had the most incredible, rewarding, unexpected, mind broadening experience while keeping up with the challenges of studying. I would advise to have a great time because you’re there to explore but have in mind that you’re there to do academically well too!