讲述Akanimo 在英国的读研时光

摘要:今年已经二十六岁的尼日利亚学生AkanimoOdon,从威尔士大学自然环境修复技术专业硕士毕业后,现就读于兰开斯特高校,修读博士研究生。在这里,Akanimo给大家叙述了他在英国的留学生活,Akanimo被英国文化艺术联合会授于2006年度留学生奖。在来英国前,情况会是哪些,我并沒有十足把握。原以为…

今年已经二十六岁的尼日利亚学生Akanimo Odon,从威尔士大学自然环境修复技术专业硕士毕业后,现就读于兰开斯特高校,修读博士研究生。在这里,Akanimo给大家叙述了他在英国的留学生活,Akanimo被英国文化艺术联合会授于2006年度留学生奖。



在来英国前,情况会是哪些,我并沒有十足把握。原以为从尼日利亚赶到英国后,会很费力才可以稳定出来,殊不知具体情况并不是这样。我认为这儿热烈欢迎自身,我觉得英国人并不因出處亩均,这简直太棒了。

到英国后我马上觉得的较大 不同点之一,是这儿没了故乡的拥堵喧嚷。

在英国,全部基础设施建设都很及时,干净整洁井然有序,学生们只需专心于课业就可以了。假如必须协助,该向谁去了解,一切都一清二楚,并且总有人愿意告知你该怎么做。每一件事都机构的非常好,能适度获得那样的协助真的很不错!

这儿的教学策略也彻底不一样。我学理科,除开学习纯理论专业知识的课程内容,我都期待可以把学得的物品结合实际多方面运用。当第一次意识到自身务必融入试验室里的工作,控制从未见过的设备的情况下,确实令人觉得惧怕。可是,迅速就融入了一切,可挺不错!在那样的自然环境中学习,的确能协助你将所学的各种各样基础知识艺术化。这类社会经验,之后无论是再做科学研究或者找工作,一件事都有很大的协助。

在英国,我发现了的另一个关键不一样,是这儿的学习历经使我还在学习上更为独立。在中国时,我一直借助教师,我要去授课随后接纳教师给的手记。可是在英国,大家大量地进行探讨,大量地开展独立阅读文章,而且由自己来记笔记。

这类学习方法有利于开展独立学习,假如准备日后做深层次的科学研究工作,它是必不可少的工作能力。

我认为英国高校会出示学生需要的全部具体指导,可是最终,学生有非常大的自由空间,在所学行业开展独立研究。

我本人认为在英国出国留学的另一大益处就是我的发展前途更为有确保。在尼日利亚,院校和工业领域中间是错位的,可是在这儿,学生在学习期内能够获得企业的支助。一旦大学毕业就能到一份工作,掌握这一点能够提升自信心,并肯定能要我更为专心于课业。

在兰开斯特,各式各样的机遇会向你敞开式,简直非常好。虽然我是学理科的,我依然能上创意写作课,并在一家敬老院做养老护理员,还参与了各种各样社团活动,还踢球打羽毛球。

学习、工作、创作、参与各种各样俱乐部队和课外活动、开展体育竞赛…… 我只想一天有大量的钟头,好要我再挤压時间做大量的事。



International Student of the Year award winner

Akanimo Odon, winner of the International Student of the Year Award, talks about his time in the UK as a postgraduate student

Following his graduation with a Masters in Environmental Rehabilitation from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 26-year-old Nigerian student Akanimo Odon is now studying for his PhD at Lancaster University. Here, Akan gives us his personal view of life as an international student in the UK:

"Before I came to study in the UK I wasn't a hundred per cent sure what to expect. I thought there was a chance that I'd struggle to settle down after arriving from Nigeria, but that just hasn't been the case. I've been made to feel so welcome and I think it's great that people in the UK are respected for who they are, rather than where they're from.

One of the big differences I noticed straight away was that there's much less hustle and bustle here than at home.

In the UK the whole infrastructure is in place - everything is orderly - and it allows you to concentrate on your studies. If you need help with anything, it's always clear who you need to speak to and there's always someone willing to point you in the right direction. Everything's well organised and it's great to have that support in place.

There's definitely a difference in the way that subjects are taught too. I'm studying a science, but instead of my course being purely theoretical, I'm expected to put everything I learn into practice. It can be quite daunting when you first realise that you're going to have to get used to working in laboratories and operating machinery that you've never even seen before, but it's amazing how quickly you get used to it all. Learning in an environment like this does help you to visualize the various theories you're studying, and the fact that I've now got all this practical experience will definitely help me when I come to do further research or get a job.

The other main difference I've found while studying in the UK is that I'm much more independent here. At home I would depend on my teachers to come to a lecture and provide all of the notes, but here there's much more discussion, much more reading on my own, and I am making all my own course notes.

Learning like this helps you get to grips with independent study - something you need to be able to cope with if you are going to do further research.

I think universities in the UK give you all the guidance you need, but at the end of the day, you have much more freedom to explore your subject for yourself.

From my point of view, the other main benefit to studying in the UK is that I think my future is much more secure. In Nigeria, there's a gap between the universities and industry but here, a company can sponsor you while you're studying. To know that once you graduate you should be able to get a job boosts your confidence and it definitely helped me to focus on my studies.

It's amazing how many different opportunities are open to me here in Lancaster. Even though I'm a scientist I've still been able to take a creative writing course, work as a carer in a residential home, join societies, set up an international service through my church and play football and tennis.

Studying, working, writing, clubs, societies, sports… I just wish there were a few extra hours in the day so that I could squeeze in even more!"




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