Studying abroad (aka ‘Are you insane?’)

Nina Heidelmann

Faculty: Medical Science
Course: BSc (Hons) Nutrition
Category: Sciences nutritional and pharmaceutical

10 April 2017

Hey guys, welcome back to my blog. Last time I told you how I picked ARU Chelmsford; now you can find out the details about why I came to Chelmsford and why I am studying here instead of going back to Germany (where university is mostly free). So, lets start story time!

After I finished my A-Levels (‘Abitur’) in Germany, I really could not be bothered to start studying straightaway and wanted a break. I decided on being an au pair as I always liked working with children and wanted to see a different country. Due to various holidays in England and movies (who does not fall in love with Great Britain after watching Love Actually?), I picked England as my destination.

I am a proper village girl so I did not want to live too close to London, but still close so I could easily travel there. The perfect family popped up and was located in a cute village just next to Chelmsford: Writtle. After being here for the first year, I still did not want to go back home so I extended another year (okay, there might be a guy who has a bit to do with that decision as well!).

In my second year here, I did a GCSE English course and the idea of studying abroad popped up. I looked online at various universities but did not really fancy moving again so I was actually planning on going back to Germany. Then, in May 2015, I saw the possibility of studying nutrition in Chelmsford so overnight I tried my best to write up a personal statement and fill in all the information for UCAS. As a foreign student, this is not as easy as it sounds and included a lot of tears and drama. But now, at the start of my second year, I can say that it was definitely worth it and I would do it all over again.

For me it is amazing to study in England as I gain so much from it. My English has improved incredibly and studying in English even gives me better job chances in Germany (if I go back). What I love about ARU is that there is such a variety of students. You can make friends from all over the world which is still incredible to me. I, being an EU student, am very lucky as I could still apply for a Tuition Fee Loan (who would be able to pay all that money without a loan?!) so I do not have to struggle too much. Of course it is hard to be away from home, but Stansted Airport is about 30 minutes away and Ryanair offers cheap flights, so it is actually cheaper to fly to Germany than to travel by train in England!

Hopefully this blog will reassure some of you that studying abroad can sound scary but you will gain so much that it is worth it!
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