Produced by Meet Jain
BA (hons) Marketing communications with digital media
As an international student, my first year at Bournemouth University was a roller coaster ride filled with ups, downs, and a lot of hilarious moments. From navigating the campus to adjusting to the new culture, it was a challenging yet exciting experience.
One of the first things that hit me was the weather. I had always heard that the UK was a rainy place, but I never imagined just how much it could rain. The constant drizzle and grey skies were a stark contrast to the sunny climate I was used to. But as time went on, I learned to appreciate the beauty of a rainy day and how it made everything feel fresh and new.
The academic experience was also very different from what I was used to. The teaching style was more independent and self-directed, which took some getting used to. I had to learn how to manage my time effectively and take more responsibility for my own learning. But with the help of academic support and classmates, I began to thrive in this new environment.
One of the biggest challenges I faced was homesickness. Being so far away from my family and friends was tough, and there were moments when I felt like I had made a mistake in coming to the UK. But with the help of the international student support services, I found ways to stay connected to my loved ones and build new friendships in my new home. I felt like a home away from home here.
Exploring the beautiful Bournemouth
I also loved exploring the city and trying new things. One of my favorite memories from my first year was going to a traditional pub with some of my new friends. We ordered a British meal and I remember feeling like I was truly experiencing a part of British culture. It was a small moment, but it made me feel like I was really starting to fit in and find my place in this new country.
Looking back on my first year in the UK, I can’t help but smile at all the ups and downs. From getting lost on the Tube to trying to decipher the local slang, it was a year full of challenges and new experiences. But it was also a year full of laughter and growth, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.