February 6, 2016, by International students
Meet our Student Callers: Shruti from India
If you hold an offer to study at The University of Nottingham, you might be lucky enough to receive a call from one of our international students. Indian student Shruti has been speaking to lots of students in her home country to let them know what life at Nottingham is really like.
In her role as an International Student Ambassador, Shruti also gives tours around our beautiful campuses. If you would like to arrange an independent visit to campus, please visit our website.
Why did you choose to study at Nottingham?
MSc in Work and Organizational Psychology at The University of Nottingham, offered me the perfect blend of research and academic modules, with relevance to contemporary workplace scenarios. The varied teaching methods used caught my attention, as did the picturesque campuses. Also, the University’s global standing and Nottingham’s Purple Flag accreditation were a major add on. Studies aside, Nottingham is well-connected to other cities in UK and provides diversity in terms of culture – my greatest takeaway as an international student.
What is your favourite thing about living in Nottingham?
My sense of independence. The city has taught me to be self-sufficient. Coming from a cultural background where you are dependent on people around you for the minutest of everyday affairs, Nottingham, which is smaller than an average Indian town, is turning out to be just the right place for me to learn and discover new aspects of me each day, preparing me for the big shift post completion of my studies.
Where is your favourite place in Nottingham, and why?
I LOVE NATURE! Woods, lakes, rains, wider-emptier roads… Nottingham gives me the opportunity to do my favourite thing in the world, every single day – tighten my shoe laces, plug-in my earplugs, turn on the music and walk into oblivion. Not exaggerating!
Where is your favourite place to eat out in Nottingham, and why?
Being a vegetarian restricts one’s eat-out options. However, my one big discovery here as an ardent foodie has been – MAY SUM, a Chinese restaurant that offers pan-Asian buffet, with equal number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Are you part of any societies?
I’m part of the travel society, which organises excursions, taking hundreds of students to explore UK and abroad. The day trips organised by the society are extremely well-planned, cheaper and much safer.
What’s the most frequently asked question students ask you, and what advice do you give them?
Most often I’m asked about the shift in education system and how to cope with it. Every school/department at the start of the academic year will provide you guidelines on how the modules in your particular course shall be assessed and give you the essential guidelines to help channelize your studies and resources in the right direction. As compared to the Indian education system, study here is more independent, research based and largely demanding you to bring something new to the table.
What’s your number one tip for international/EU students coming to Nottingham?
Being part of UoN is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Come to Nottingham with an open mind. Do not take some else’s experience as a road map to yours. Try new things, take risks, learn and have loads of fun.
What are you hoping to do after you graduate/finish your course?
Post completion of my course, I intend to move back to India and establish myself as an effective management consultant, specialising in Organisational learning and development. India ranks high in stress and depression. I want to promote the idea of positive mental health at the workplace and help people realise, mental illness isn’t a taboo to feel guilty about.