Amy NguyenWho are you and where are you from? 

My name is Nguyet Thanh, or also known as Amy. I am from Vietnam

What course are you studying?

I am doing MSc in Project Management. During my working time as a lecturer in Vietnam, I have undertaken not just academic related projects but also business researches from which I realised the need of improving project management skills and knowledge. 

How did you find out about the University of South Wales/are you on a scholarship?

I am actually a returning student. I did my 1st Master’s degree back in 2018 at USW from which I strongly believe in the high teaching quality and reliable studying environment offered by the university. As a result, when thinking to choose a place to take my 2nd Master’s degree in Project Management, I did not feel hesitant to go for USW again.

I am fortunately a Global Wales Scholar and the adventure to get to this scholarship is unforgettable. This is a great experience to me and I have enjoyed all the events organized by Global Wales organization with their huge support. 

What’s your favourite part of your course so far?

Diversity - the best word to describe the best thing my course has offered me. My class consists of students from many different countries including Wales, England, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Mongolia, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, etc. This diversity has provided me the opportunity to widen my knowledge regarding to cultural differences which is essential for my further career development.

What’s the best thing about your USW campus?

The library. I have spent most of my time there and have utilized fully the services USW library offers. It is not easy for me to concentrate when I am at home to work on my assessments or else. Therefore, the 24/7 services offer by USW library would be the best option for me. The library provides a huge source of books and journals that you can access easily. Besides, different studying spaces are available for your preference including computer zone, quite zone, group work zone, etc. In addition, you also can receive the overall support you need from the Advice Zone locating inside the library which is the first point of contact for all student enquiries.

How are you enjoying living in the UK? 

I love Wales and it is just like my second home.  While others may complain about the weather in Wales, I find it to be just right. Not as frigid as Scotland or Northern Ireland, but nonetheless very poetic with its foggy, damp, windy but mild features. 

I used to live in Wales for almost 3 years before so I am quite get used to the life style and people in Wales. Getting back to Wales this time, I made a promise to myself to explore more the beauty of this place. I have started to travel around Wales as much as I can and have stored all these memories by souvenir magnets of each place I travel to. I also found out one of my new hobbies is to look for and try different coffee stores in Wales. In addition, the Thai Asian Delish in Cardiff market, is one of the best restaurants providing Thai food I have ever tried. 

I also have traveled to other places within the UK including London, Salisbury, Bournemouth, Southampton, Bath, etc. All I can say is that, different places have their unique features that you should admire yourself. Moreover, by traveling around you will also find out one interest thing is that there are differences in accent in different places within the UK. This might cause some shocks for you at first, but later on it would be fine.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?

‘Be prepared with an open-minded and positive mind set’, is my advice to students who want to study in the UK to experience the fullest. When you have an open-minded mind set, the diversity offered by Universities in the UK will be the chance for you to widen your knowledge. In addition, having a positive mind set, you will not find the weather, food in the UK can bother you or difference in cultures can cause shocks on you. 

I have also created Vlogs about my daily life at USW, UK to provide other students more realistic views regarding life in the UK in general as well as at USW specifically. I truly hope that my shared viewpoints will be useful for others who are in need. My channels are below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amydaaimexoxo
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@amydaaime
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@amydaaime 

What are your aspirations? What would you like to do in the future?

You will find that I have an excellent work ethic, and I am willing to learn and do what it takes to get a job done, even under pressure. My background is International Logistics and Supply Chain Management and together with the knowledge I can gain from the MSc Project Management degree, I aspire to gain working experience in Supply Chain and Project Management sectors in the UK for career enhancement. After that, I can get back to my lecturer position in Vietnam to share my experience to Vietnamese students to broaden their horizon. 

Furthermore, I am seeing myself as an inspirer. I love sharing some of my fondest memories, interesting stories to push positive energy of others. I also enjoy listening to other people's exciting adventures and making my own ones.