March 20, 2019, by International students
International Student Ambassadors: Blanca from Mexico
Why did you choose the University of Nottingham?
As soon I finished my undergraduate degree in Mexico, I knew I wanted to continue my studies and do a Masters degree. I was looking to improve my English and have a broad international experience. Among the options I had, and many courses and projects you can jump on to improve your knowledge and have a better opportunity to enhance a multidisciplinary experience.
What attracted you to the UK?
The language was the first thing that attracted me, I knew one of my aims of going abroad was to improve my English while I was doing my Masters. Another factor that was very important for me was the culture of the place I was going to, I have always thought that UK has a very interesting culture, huge historic value, and has contributed a lot to the world! As well as great minds, legendary musicians from all times, the UK is a box full of surprises! I knew I had to be here to live it myself.
What has been your experience of making friends with people from other countries?
I’ve had the best experience meeting new people! In the beginning I was nervous about this, as an International student you ask yourself if the language is going to be challenging, and if you are going to adapt into this new culture… As soon as I arrived I found that everyone in the University feels the same, and that University staff and teachers are very welcoming, there are also so many activities and events that help you develop yourself and meet many people from other countries. It feels like home now but with lots of new international friends.
How do you hope your course will impact on your future career?
This was a very important question I had to ask myself before coming here. It is very important to continue with our career as professionals and find the right tools to target our aims. In my case I´m sure my Masters degree from the University of Nottingham will give me the experience and information I need, but most importantly, a global intercultural view and I am sure that, when I return to my country, I will have a new and innovative vision, as well as the privilege of saying that I studied at one of the best universities in the world, which I am sure will open many doors for me.
In my opinion, it is very important to not only focus on our knowledge and qualifications, but also to improve ourselves as human beings working towards a better world, I can assure you that studying abroad is a complete growing experience.
Top tips for adapting to life in the UK
- Try to join some societies of your interest, this will help you know more people with the same interests and having some fun events in your free time!
- You could find part time jobs if you are looking to have extra money, you can search for eventual jobs in the University at UNITEMPS.com
- There are many discounts for students, you can get the student mango card for transportation and get discounts in some stores, also UNIDAYS is a web page where you can buy from many brands with special student discounts!
- Try the pub quizzes, it is a good chance to learn new things and have a good time with your friends at the same time. It is also very typical from UK.
If you have any questions about studying at the University of Nottingham as an international student, you can get in touch with our International Ambassadors via email.
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