My experience of studying Computer Science at Swansea University
I had never been to the UK before I applied to Swansea University. I had never travelled to many places around the world, so, as you can imagine, coming to the UK was a pretty big deal for me.
From a very young age I had a huge interest in technology, how it works and the impact is had on people all over the world.
One of the reasons I chose Swansea was for its cultural diversity. I saw it as an opportunity to meet people from different parts of the world while getting to learn about other backgrounds and people’s diverse experiences. I didn’t get a chance to visit Swansea before enrolling, so all I had were the online student profiles which were very helpful!
One of the many great things I love about Swansea University is its geographical location. Swansea is a coastal area and the University is situated just minutes from the beach which is pretty cool considering there are no beaches in Zimbabwe!
Cultural diversity is very much appreciated by the university and is shown by the amount of effort the university puts into welcoming students from different parts of the world. Dinners and lunches are hosted for International Students and this is a great way to integrate people from all cultures. The Students’ Union also plays a great role in organising events to welcome Students.
The department made me feel very welcome by assigning me to a ‘buddy’ who was to take me around the university with other new students to show us our way to lectures. This was such a big help and also meant that we didn’t get lost! I was also assigned to a mentor that I could talk to about any problems I had and this really helped me settle quickly. I was made to feel immediately at home and my move from Zimbabwe has been very smooth.
I am a Computer Science ambassador and also a Student Rep and it has been the BEST few months! I get to voice opinions on behalf of my course mates and get to see something being done about them. Being a student rep has provided me with the opportunity to see for myself just how much the university appreciates students’ input. On the more social side, student reps get to attend socials where we get familiarised with our job roles, get to participate in events such as survey promotions as well as organise study aid programs during exam periods. I am also a member of the Computer Science Club for females as well as the Swansea University Christian Union so you could say that I like to keep myself busy.
Ever heard about culture shock? It is real BUT don’t worry, the Swansea University family is very welcoming, and everyone understands that there are people coming from all over the world. There are people you’ll meet who will make you feel welcome and will do everything in their power to familiarise you with the place and be there for you when you’re feeling homesick. There are actually people whose job is to do all that so when you think ‘University’, keep thinking ‘Swansea University’!