May 24, 2019, by International students
International Student Ambassadors: Burhan from Turkey
Why did you choose the University of Nottingham?
I chose the University of Nottingham since it has a renowned engineering department consistently ranking high among in the leaderboards. I particularly was looking for practical elements in my course where I could apply the theory that I learnt, and the University Of Nottingham offered just that.
As well as this, the stunning campus was another factor which greatly appealed to me. Coming from a small village in Cyprus I am used to spending a lot of time in scenic environments and a green campus would make me feel more like at home.
What is your favourite thing about the University of Nottingham?
It’s definitely the amount of things you can get involved in. I have tried out a large variety of different societies. These include photography, chess, American Football, Salsa and more.. I have made many friends from many different countries whom I plan to stay in contact with after graduating as well.
The amount of services on offer is highly versatile too. I thoroughly appreciate how well all these services are organised. I have used many of these including, the finance team as well as careers service. These have greatly aided me in clarifying my future ambitions.
What is the best thing about your course?
It’s definitely the amount of hands on experience I have had. The amount of time I have spent in workshops was highly rewarding. Getting to actually make stuff that works makes you feel like you’re getting the most out of your degree. It’s something I will use for sure in my future occupations.
Another thing would be the friendliness of academic stuff. This was incredibly useful, as there are very large numbers of students taking my course. I found that personal tutorial sessions where I could discuss subject specific questions in depth with my tutor was highly advantageous for my learning.
What was your first impression of the University of Nottingham?
It was awe-inspiring. I never thought a university in the middle of a large city could appear so close to nature. I loved how the academic buildings were surrounded by large trees as well as wildlife. The lake is also a great place to relax after having a stressful day full of lectures and tutorials. The layout of the university is also highly appealing, with engineering, arts, law etc being neatly and conveniently scattered throughout the campus. You can feel the atmosphere within each when you walk around.
What do you do with your spare time, and what are your hobbies?
I thoroughly enjoy going to the gym. As well as this I am an avid salsa dancer and table tennis player. I make sure to spend time going to the music department to play the piano and to jam out with my friends while playing the bassoon. If I’m in the mood for something a little more tranquil, I would retire to Trent building every Wednesday to play a little chess.