Serene Chin Mi Lin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Serene Chin Mi Lin is currently studying a Masters degree in Developmental and Therapeutic play at Swansea University's College of Human and Health Sciences and has been awarded the International Student Scholarship towards her tuition. We spoke with Serene about her time at Swansea and on winning the scholarship…
What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?
I was working as a preschool teacher.
Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?
It was just the course that I was looking for. The rating of Swansea University was also very impressive.
How do you feel about winning the Swansea University International scholarship?
I am truly grateful for winning this scholarship as it has been a tremendous help (financially) in making it possible for me to come to Swansea. With the scholarship, I did not need to worry about looking for a part-time job to make ends meet but fully concentrate on my studies and volunteering to gain the practical experience that I benefitted from.
I scanned through all the possible scholarships that I could apply for and I came across this scholarship on the website. I was required to fill in a form and write two short essays, 1) About myself and 2) My contributions to the university. I submitted my application and within a few weeks I received an email informing me that I had won this scholarship.
Can you tell us about your course?
It was a very informative course regarding Play and its different aspects in practice. It provided new understandings of what play is and how it can be used for children’s development and as a form of therapy. The course provided both general information about play theory and practice, and specific application of play with children from a wide range of contexts.
What part of the course do you/did you enjoy the most?
I truly enjoyed my classes, they were intriguing and engaging. The course has been very beneficial in terms of building my knowledge. I have learnt a lot of interesting things about play which is very practical in my field of work. I have also been exposed to many different play services and opportunities in the UK which I have never had a chance of learning or experiencing.
What are your plans/hopes for the future?
My immediate plan is to go back to my country and implement some of the things that I have learnt.
Then I hope to further my training so that I can be a specialist in this area. In order to work as a therapist I need to pursue more practical training.
I would definitely pursue my PhD in this area as it is something that I am very passionate about.
Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?
Yes. The learning environment has been very conducive. The facilities provided have also been very beneficial. Lecturers are knowledgeable and have themselves many years of practical experiences. Therefore, lessons have been very practical, not just based on textbooks. The support given by lecturers and tutors have been very good too.