How are you all doing? I’m now into the second week of my internship and getting into the swing of things 🙂 My to-do list is getting longer and longer – this coming Saturday, we will be picking some of you up from the airport for our pre-sessional English classes, so I am making sure that all our Ambassadors will be ready to meet you at the airport and get you settled into your halls of residence! I’m also making all the tickets for our fun events during Welcome Week, such as our bus tours of the city and our Café Crawl! If you haven’t already, take a look at all the events going on during Welcome Week: http://events.manchester.ac.uk/calendar/date:2016-09-18/tag:welcome_week/
Today, I want to talk a little bit about the University itself and find out what made you all apply to study here. Something which as always interested me is how and why international students such as yourselves decided to come and study at Manchester – whether you are about to start a foundation year, or commence a PhD. Even as a UK student, I found is so hard to choose which university to attend, as there are just so many different factors to consider when making your choice! For example, you need to ensure that the course and the modules fit your interests, that the teaching is good, and that you can ultimately imagine yourself living in the city in which your chosen university is based. Each person is different, and prioritises each of these things differently depending on their needs, but the good thing about the city of Manchester, and the University of Manchester is that every need really is catered for!
I’m actually from Manchester, and have lived here ever since I was born. I love the city so much, and so it only seemed natural for me to attend university here in the city. One of the things I love the most about Manchester is that it is the second biggest city in the UK and has all the multiculturalism and vibrancy of London or New York. However, it also has the friendliness of a small town – everyone is welcoming and approachable and willing to help you if you ask them. It’s a great city to be a student in for these reasons, and also because it’s really affordable! Additionally, if the hustle and bustle of the city gets too much for you, Manchester is surrounded on all sides by nature – from the Peak District, to the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park just a short train ride away. It really is a unique place, where you get the best of multiple worlds.
Of course, the university is excellent too, and we are incredibly lucky to have a world-class university in a great city. There is a fantastic support network, from student societies within the students union and counselling, to classes which teach you how to write essays at degree level. These sorts of things benefit everyone, but they are invaluable for international students, and I think you will all find these things really helpful when you arrive here!
So, what made you want to study at Manchester? Was it the chance to study at one of the most respected universities in the world, or was it the chance to live in one of the most diverse cities in the UK? Or something else entirely? Comment below and let me know!