In April 2015, I introduced myself to you as the international student blogger. Sadly, this will be my last blog post. Even though I desire to continue blogging I now need to focus on writing my PhD thesis.
Studying in the UK as an international student from Hong Kong has been a bittersweet journey. It has pushed me to leave my comfort zone and to survive in a foreign country.
There were things that I did not expect. Firstly, I never thought English could be so challenging until I was struck by the various accents! I sat in class and struggled to follow the lectures for the first three months in the UK. But the sense of joy and satisfaction emerged and grew as I became bold and more skilled in using English. Secondly, I never expected my skills in cooking Chinese cuisine to advance so much until I was forced to prepare my own food all the time.
One of the best things about being a student in the UK is definitely the multicultural experience. I have met friends from places like Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Ecuador, America, Australia, Jamaica and Nigeria …basically from all over the world! The more people I befriend, the more I realise how little I know.
However, one of the annoying things about being an international student is the cost of maintaining a student visa. Every three months I am required to check-in with my student ID card so that the government can keep track of us. Some of us have to report to the police to update any changes. Not to mention the long process of visa applications and the enormous fees involved!
Overall however, I have cherished every moment of being a student.
I am particularly thankful to Friends International for this platform. This blog has reminded me regularly of how much I have grown and learnt. Through it I have come across interesting people and I would like to thank my readers for sharing with me these precious memories. I really enjoyed reading your comments! Take care.
P.S. I have recently relocated to Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire. Perhaps you will bump into me when you are around!