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The University offers a diverse and exciting array of sports and societies that cater to a wide range of interests. There's truly something for everyone!

What were you doing before you joined the University of Chester?

Before joining the University of Chester, I was working as a surgical assistant as part of a skilled team and I specialised in orthopedic revision surgeries for hip and knee replacements.

What inspired you to study in the UK?

I chose to study in the UK to broaden my horizon, as the UK is renowned for its exceptional education system, world-class universities, and a supportive environment that fosters personal growth and development.

What inspired you to choose your course?

I always nurtured a passion for cybersecurity, which was my first beloved hobby. I devoted countless hours to self-study and expanding my knowledge in this fascinating field. This passion is what inspired me to pursue a degree in cybersecurity, a field not widely available in my home country.

Have you joined any Sports/Society groups since joining the University of Chester?

Since joining the University of Chester, I have immersed myself in the Water Polo and Swimming Club. I did play water polo years ago before coming to the UK, but joining the University of Chester gave me the opportunity to rekindle my passion for the sport.

Joining this club has enriched my university experience and enabled me to develop invaluable friendships and connections. It has definitely contributed to my overall university experience and personal growth, offering a perfect blend of familiar activities and new challenges.

I have also tried out a few other societies, and I'm planning to join the Archery Club soon.

What do you like most about these sports/societies?

I love that the teams feel like a family, with teammates who are incredibly supportive and share a deep connection. When my international friend and I were going to be alone for Christmas in Chester, the club members generously invited us to their homes to celebrate the holiday. That warm and welcoming experience is still fresh in my memory and this sense of belonging is what I appreciate most about the club.

Being part of these clubs has also been extremely helpful in learning how to navigate the differences in UK culture.

Do you think the University of Chester has a good variety of sports and society groups available?

Absolutely! The University offers a diverse and exciting array of sports and societies that cater to a wide range of interests. There's truly something for everyone!

The university is also open to creating new clubs based on students' suggestions and passions. This variety ensures that every student, including myself, can find a club or society that aligns with their interests.

One of the best aspects of these clubs is that you don't need any prior experience to join, and there are no extra charges to give them all a try. This encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new activities!

What else do you get up to in your spare time?

I thoroughly enjoy visiting the captivating historical sites of Chester, such as the ancient city walls and the magnificent Chester Cathedral. I love socialising with friends at the lively university SU bar, attending vibrant cultural events, and participating in exciting university gatherings.

Chester's prime location also allows me to venture just 25 minutes away to visit the breathtaking Snowdonia mountains. Climbing these majestic peaks once a month has become a thrilling and rejuvenating experience for me, as I am constantly amazed by the stunning landscapes.

The compact size of Chester's city centre makes it easy to find the city's many hidden gems, charming cafes, and bustling shops.

What are you enjoying most about your time in Chester?

Chester's welcoming atmosphere, its friendly and warm people, and the striking architecture make it feel like a home away from home. The city's beautiful natural surroundings, efficient public transportation, and vibrant cultural scene have made my time here truly enjoyable.

Additionally, the close relationships I've formed have made my experience exceptional, as they have provided me with a supportive network of friends who feel like family.

If you could give one piece of advice to an international student who is considering applying to the University of Chester, what would it be?

Start your accommodation search early and consider booking a shared living space to reduce your expenses and help make new friends!

Also, don't forget to join your favourite club or society as soon as you arrive, as it's an excellent way to make friends with similar interests and quickly become part of the supportive student community!