After a fabulous year in IFY, I obtained the opportunity to study in the Business School at the University of Manchester. While having been in Manchester for almost two months, I have gotten used to the University and individual life here. Here, in one of the largest campus in the UK, I am able to experience diverse cultures. I met students from all over the world and join various activities such as Scottish dancing and Asian food festival organised by students themselves. Meanwhile, living in the university hall with flatmates enables me to get involved in the new environment quicker and better. Surely, I become more independent in my life!
When I compare my study in Guangzhou IFY with the one here, there are some similarities. Since IFY adapts an identical mode as the one in the university, thus, I do not feel isolated when I began my first lecture here; though I got trouble following up the speed of those native speakers. I had tutorials and seminars, whereas tutorials are quite similar to the one in IFY, while seminars are much tending to encourage students to be in a group and express their opinions on the selected topic. Moreover, discussing in group is a quite important part in the university study. By sharing ideas with group members, I not only complete the task, but also learn more ideas from other people.
To be honest, IFY did assist me to equip basic concepts to reach a higher level knowledge so that I was able to adapt the study here, especially in English aspect. Those academic skills like presentation and note-taking, which are intangible asset for me, and tend to keep the value by my daily utilise. I still remembered, following the learning cycle “Do, reflect and plan”, I was able to discover my own study pattern, arranged my activity schedules. In addition, studying feedbacks from tutors, principles and classmates, I realised my weakness and strength, and improve myself by planning to do more exercise or practise.
While in IFY, besides study, I also met a group of friends. We lived in the same building, had group work together, encouraged each other when facing troubles, chatted with each other, or hang out together to explore the snacks near school. Those are enjoyable experiences in my life! Not only my schoolmates, I also enjoyed communications with tutors and staffs as they are all very nice and friendly. Although I made mistakes frequently when I chatted with tutors, they just kindly helped me to correct them and this is good way for me to make progress in my English learning.
University life is not only about study as well, although most of the time I probably sit in the library’s chairs to do my reading. I joined three societies here, took part in the society meetings, met new friends and learned new skills. Once I attended one meeting which told us some basic ideas about how to analyse the chart of stock market! Likewise, parties held by different student organisations or departments are opportunities to meet new friends and get insight into the local.
Furthermore, it seems that when I go aboard, I am going to a new stage in our life and, I need to train myself to be more independently. Generally, I need to consider more about the budget for my life, the timetable of a day such as when and how long to finish the thing I want to do, and so on. Similarly, I should look after my health and safety wherever I am out or staying in my room. Although most of people here are pretty friendly and are willing to help, not all of them are trustable. Such awareness did help me to avoid some hazards when I met strangers in the street.
There is still a month to the holiday with many assessments and reading, and I am a little bit homesi
ck. Nevertheless, getting together with the IFY friends, chatting with my new flatmates, keeping in touch with my parents at home, all these make me feel so much better. By the way, thanks to the biggest china town in Manchester so that I could still grab myself some familiar hometown food.
Overall, I appreciate my tutors and what I have learnt from them last year in IFY and I am going to experience my university life with confidence.