Maria is 19 years old and has decided to join Student Life because she would like other international students out there who want to take this step, to hear her story.
I am from a city in Romania called Cluj. I knew I wanted to move to the UK since I was 14 years old. Back then, it all seemed like a distant, impossible dream. Yet here I am, living it. I cannot break it down to one reason I made this decision, I just knew I had to.
This little girl’s fantasy is what brought me here today. It is what made me choose a bilingual high school which specialised in English. The first solid step I took towards my new life was collaborating with Edmundo, who helped a lot with my application and fed me fundamental information. Days flew by as I started getting accepted into the UK based universities I applied for. To say it felt like a dream come true would be an understatement; I’ve never been so proud of myself in my entire life!
I had 3 options: Worcester, Chichester and Suffolk. What made me pick the last one was definitely how welcoming and friendly their staff were. I have received countless letters, greetings cards and even a hoodie from them! Months before buying my plane ticket, I was experiencing severe anxiety about leaving my life behind: friends, family, teachers… The warm welcome I felt emerging from the University of Suffolk represented what I was desperately searching for: a sense of belonging. Following induction week, the friendly atmosphere was definitely not just a façade to lure students, it is real, and it is all over the place: students, lecturers, staff; you name it!
The last thing you should not be worried about is the student accommodation. If you feel like the traditional Athena Hall is overpriced, Spring Court and Grimwade Street are low budget options. I personally reside in one of these off campus accommodations; the conditions are great, the prices are good and the area is quiet.
If you yourself are a ‘foreigner’ thinking about making this change in your life, being anxious is fine, having doubts is normal. But you can do it!