International Students – Advice to My First Year Self

International Students – Advice to My First Year Self

August 26, 2019 5 By Stanley Isaacs


[Intro music]>>Hi>>Ciao>>Nomoshkar>>Salam>>Czesc>>Anyoung>>Buna>>Zdravey>>Hola>>Akah>>Ni hao>>I’m from Portugal>>Nigeria>>China>>Bulgaria>>Romania>>South Korea>>Poland>>Azerbaijan>>South Africa>>Italy>>I was born in India but came to University
from Seychelles>>I study Mathematics with Business Management>>Electrical and Electronics Engineering>>Computer Science with Business Management>>Mechanical Engineering>>Studying Computer Science>>Nuclear Engineering>>I’m a second year Chemical Engineering
student>>I’m a final year Computer Science student>>Chemical Engineering>>Computer Science>>I’m a second year Chemical Engineering
student.>>My advice to my first year self is to arrive
in Birmingham early.>>Welcome Week is a great time to get to
know the University and city, sign up for sports and societies and take care of important
things like setting up a UK bank account and phone number.>>Definitely do a placement year if you can
because you’ll be able to learn the skills that you would have not been able to learn
within University.>>Look for job opportunities early on.>>My advice is be to be open and outgoing.>>It may be difficult at first but meeting
as many different people as possible is a great way to make new friends.>>Definitely take up all opportunities that
come your way no matter how intimidating it might seem at first.>>Explore the whole of the University, explore
all the facilities.>>Don’t worry about your English – people
will understand you!>>Always come for classes and be there on
time.>>It can take a bit of time to get used to
your timetable.>>But don’t be afraid to ask for help – no
question is stupid.>>Everyone over here is is really friendly
and approachable.>>Lab sessions are a great way of getting
to know other people on your course>>You’ll be with your course-mates for at
least 3 years – degree organised events are a great way to make friends.>>And our student website Canvas has all
of your past lectures on it in case you ever need to catch up.>>My advice to you would be don’t spend all
of your time just studying, try to get a taste of everything while you are a student.>>Get involved in as many things as possible.>>I would say to first year self don’t worry
too much about moving to a new country, everyone will feel the same as you as many British
students are moving to a new city as well.>>And don’t bring too many things from home
– you can find everything you need in the UK!>>The University has great transportation
links, including our very own train station here on campus.>>Travel around the Europe if you have the
time. You will be able to do it really cheap if
you plan it in advance.>>Don’t miss out on this beautiful city of
Birmingham! There are a number of public parks for you
to visit and numerous quiet areas away from the city centre to relax.>>Never think you don’t have enough time. You can always find time if
you want to get involved with something. [laughing and music]>>You are only a first year once, so make
the most of it! [Music]