“I chose University of Plymouth partly due to the location; I was also interested in studying abroad and Plymouth provided this opportunity through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). I chose the course mainly because I was interested in politics and particularly international politics. I hoped to gain a greater understanding of the world and broaden my horizons.
I enjoyed the course a lot. I found the topics engaging and the content relevant. I particularly enjoyed a module called Refugee Studies which I took in my third year. You could really see international politics in action and how it evolves under different governments and political climates. I was very fortunate in my second year to be able to apply to join an ISEP programme to study in the US. I went to Miami University in Ohio which was an amazing experience. I was there the year running up to the Iraq war and was able to get a very different perspective than at home and was also able to share my perspective. It was a great opportunity and I would recommend it to anyone.
The course didn’t change my career goals, but my experiences did. I was able to see that the world is a big place and I knew I wanted to see more of it. After completing my course, I moved to Brighton and studied a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) course for one month. I went to Hong Kong for some interviews and got offered a job in an international kindergarten. This was a great experience and I enjoyed working there.
My current employer is a primary school in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. The school is a special school that caters for students in care – they all have very unique experiences and needs. My role is to teach English and to create a fun and engaging learning environment for them. I organise English events and activities, help the development of the school’s curriculum and provide professional development to my local colleagues.
Studying at Plymouth made me realise I had potential and that if I work hard I can achieve anything. These are the same values I try to install in my students. It gave me the skills I needed to study further and the passion for lifelong learning.”