Who are you and where are you from?
Hi, my name is Crystal Jia Yee Foo from Malaysia. I was born in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of the state of Sabah, East Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is more popularly known as KK in Malaysia and internationally.
Tell us about the course you are studying and how you find the lectures?
I am pursuing a Master of Chiropractic and I am currently in year 3. I find that lectures are very challenging yet interesting at the same time. We cover a lot of human anatomy, physiology and pathology in order to have an in depth understanding of how a normal human would function. We visited the cadaver lab which was a true eye opener for us to see human bodies’ close-up. I never knew that this course would be so demanding yet it is definitely worth the effort with so much knowledge and education for me to achieve at the end of the year.
Tell us a bit more about studying at the University, what is it like?
The lecturers are really helpful and approachable. They go into details with each and every lecture and even go the extra mile to provide as much information as possible in accordance with the slides. The library has ample facilities and useful resources. My course mates are encouraging and are always prepared to share their learning experiences.
What are the facilities like at the University?
The gym offers great sporting equipment and instructional courses such as yoga, pilates, kick boxing, archery, rock climbing etc. The student resource center (library) offers a great selection of books, online journals and information with helpful staff all around. It also provides multiple study areas where I can use the University’s computers and printing services with a small fee. The University also offers great student support services.
What have you enjoyed the most?
What I really like about studying here is having the opportunity to communicate with people from different countries. It has been an eye opener for me to learn about the different food they eat, the different languages they speak and also secretly trying to guess where they’re from based on their accent. Living in Cardiff also allows me to travel around Europe during the holidays.
What’s the most useful thing you have learnt?
I have learnt to be more independent and to be willing to step out my comfort zone. Living far away from home is not easy, but I grow with it. For example, I get to start managing my own financial expenses as well as learning how to plan my day to day schedule better.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?
Wear more clothes? Haha joking aside, I think they need to prepare themselves mentally (and physically) for a journey that will be difficult but meaningful. They need to be prepared to step out of their comfort zone and enjoy the experiences that comes with it. I miss home, but I really enjoy the life here as well. I’ve made so many great friends and I never regret the decision to study in the UK.
How have you surprised yourself?
I never really cook back home but ever since I came here, I was kind of forced to make food. I was really surprised at how they turn out to be more than edible (sometimes) and I really enjoy cooking now!
What moment will you never forget?
I will never forget when I went on an 11 day trip to Italy. My friend and I planned the trip ourselves and it was well worth the effort. We visited Rome, Venice and Florence. It was amazing! The food was indescribably good, the scenery breathtaking and the people really friendly.
Tell us something that you think would be useful for prospective students to know?
Going to study overseas might sound scary to some, but I would highly recommend you to embrace change and enjoy the challenges that lie ahead. Chiropractic is a difficult course no doubt, but you get to help a lot of people with musculoskeletal problems once you graduate!
What will you miss the most about University when your course finishes?
Definitely my friends.
“I chose Wales to continue my studies because Welsh universities offer a diverse range of locations and learning experiences, from vibrant cities through to breath-taking mountains, coastal areas and castles.
The University of South Wales has provided me with the best learning experiences through their good student support by the Student Union and their Sports and Education facilities
I would recommend studying in Wales compared to many areas in UK because Wales has lower living costs for accommodation, food, travel and shopping to enjoy”.
Mr Mohd Najib Mohd Yusop studied MSc Civil Engineering and Environmental Management.