My name is Maria Lazar and I started studying at the University of Suffolk in September 2018. I am writing this article to present the lifestyle of a foreign student.
It has been six months since arriving here. I am proud to say I have finished the first term with only firsts. At university, the main emphasis is on the work you do on your own. Lecturers will teach you the basics, yet the important part is applying said knowledge to your work. The coursework is always relevant to the course itself, but most importantly, to your future career. Despite all this, I have learnt that nothing is as important as you. Taking a day off when you’re having a bad day is the best thing to do; no grade is as important as your mental health. Moreover, having a bad week doesn’t mean you aren’t a good student. Take the time you need off and put your wellbeing first. Trust me, you can catch up on uni work.
The university itself also offers a wide variety of societies, which encourages students to make friends and socialise. I strongly recommend joining one or two if you are able to find the time. I have personally joined the Christian society, where I have met amazing students who were all more than friendly and sociable. They made me feel welcome immediately and acted as if we had known each other for ages. I regret having to give it up, but working part time, going to university and having a boyfriend leaves you next to no time left.
On the same note, the most difficult thing so far was to find a bit of time to myself. As you always have something to work on and I also work the weekends, when I do get to lay down for a while I can’t even relax properly. I feel it at the back of my head that I’m procrastinating something. However, all the hours of hard work have paid off enormously. There’s rarely something as satisfying as submitting an assignment, closing all the related tabs and knowing you’re done with it.