I took a significant leap, and I absolutely have no regrets! Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine. I was in a challenging phase in my life, and I decided it would be the best time to challenge myself and embrace a new experience.
I reached out to Across the Pond, where I was fortunate to be paired with my advisor, a guiding light throughout the entire process. Her support was truly indispensable in navigating this long process. There was so much to do including drafting a personal statement, undergoing a DBS check, initiating the student visa application, and assembling transcripts and reference letters. It all seemed overwhelming, but my advisor's assistance and patience were instrumental! I still can’t believe that Across the Pond is a free service! Advice: start gathering your documents as early as possible, have a checklist and stay organized! Talk to your advisor if you have any questions and they’ll be able to direct you better. Thank you so much to my advisor for all your help!
I opted for on-campus accommodation as it would be more accessible, and I also felt more at ease. The ensuite bedroom is small but comfortable. There is a dedicated study desk that I often use but the library is also a great alternative. Sharing a communal kitchen with nine other students can be challenging! Although the cleaning crew comes in the kitchen once a week, your bedroom is your responsibility. It’s an adaptation to live in community and I would say that for me this is the hardest part.
I love my program! It is quite demanding as there is so much to learn in little time and so you’ll be studying A LOT. To be honest, I feel that’s the only thing that I am doing most of the time but I’m learning so much! It is rewarding and significantly prepares me for a future as a skilled physiotherapist. I’ve made good friends, and we depend on each other for note taking which has helped tremendously. To excel in this program, be sure to form a study group and ensure that you’re on track with your studying as if you fall behind, it will be much more difficult to catch up as you’re learning something new every day.
Placements are demanding as well since you’re new to the field and can be quite overwhelming, but the university offers great tools to support you and you can talk to other students as most of us feel the same way. But once you get settled in, placements are great and invaluable to improve your clinical knowledge and practical skills. They are interesting and varied from sports to women's health, pediatric physiotherapy and more!
Although the bulk of my day is devoted to studying and going to class, I also use the university's gym to stay active and I ensure to spend time with my friends to explore London’s bars and nightlife. There are also a multitude of student societies that you can join to meet new people.
Entering the second and final year of my master's degree, I'm happy to say this is by far one of the best experiences of my life! Although this program is very demanding and I can’t wait to be back home with my family, the insights I’m gaining into my future profession and the friendships I’ve made overshadow these challenges. I can’t wait to look back to this adventure in years to come and be proud of what I’ve accomplished! But for now, I’m taking everything in as it goes by fast and I’m enjoying every bit that I can!