4 June 2018
Quoting Robert Louis Stephenson ('There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign'), I would like to talk about my life as an international student.
This is my first time studying abroad; I have been in the UK for the past nine months and it has been a great journey.
Initially, stepping into a new country, new faces all around, and a new culture was quite overwhelming. The ‘culture shock’ is for real even if you know about the country and people through all the movies and television series you have watched back home. A disparity in food, accent and way of life is kind of mind-boggling with constant homesickness coming into play.
I live at the Chelmsford campus and it is a very beautiful city. A great place for students to be and explore. The best part is, it is quite near to London and I can visit quite often. The Give-it-a-Go trips organised by the Students' Union to Cambridge and Oxford were one of the most memorable times of my university life and being quite a travel lover, I always look forward to getting to see new places.
The uni has been always very helpful and cheerful in welcoming us to a memorable student life. I was baffled with everything at first – from settling in at the Student Village, to registering as student and finally meeting my course leader and faculty head, opening a bank account, registering with the GP, etc. Am I doing it right? Is this how I am supposed to do it? Am I wrong? Should I do that instead of this? Have I missed out on anything? These were constant questions in my mind. The introduction to a very different education system from my home country was kind of stressful at first.
I am thankful to my friends and course leaders, who have suggested the correct path in learning the skills I needed for the course: Study Skills Plus has been of immense help to learn how to manage my studies and revise quite a lot of things. The Students' Union has always kept the mood stress-free, with their events and programmes every week. With any issues the International Office has been of great help and very supportive of me.
The Anglia Language Programme (ALP) is also a great service. You can learn a new language and I completed two modules of French. Personally, I would recommend all other students to learn another language for personal growth, exploring new vocabulary and exploring the culture of the people.
The list goes on... and I am very grateful to all the services and support provided by my University.