My Experience in Liverpool

Posted on: 1 September 2017 by Salma Eiwada in 2016/17

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Let me start off by introducing myself. My name is Salma Eiwada, an Actuarial Mathematics fourth year student at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. I have spent the most incredible six months as an exchange student in the University of Liverpool.

My experience in Liverpool has been truly one of a kind, it is indescribably astonishing. The city just calls for attention with each of its vibrant aspects, whether the true love for the Beatles, its international cultural hub, the friendliest people, or the university that encompasses the city with a building in every area.

Although the university’s system is totally different from the one I am used to, given it is British, the professors’ constant offer to assist always amazed me. They were always willing to provide any help at any time, even if it is a day right before the exam!

They were very patient and made sure I fully understand the material, by explaining in different styles. But, more importantly, they also eased my anxiety and reassured me when I needed it.

I have learned a lot from the modules I have taken, not just on an academic level but also on a personal level. My experience in Liverpool would not be the same without the people that I have had the pleasure of getting to know.

From the classes, I have made friends with people that share little in common with me, but we still could connect on a human level. It was indeed very beautiful to experience.

Image for Salma Eiwada blog postIf I am utterly honest, my university experience abroad would not feel complete without the summer research projects program I have had the honor of being part of.

The program that is run by the fascinating Dr. Corina Constantinescu, Director of the Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics, in the Mathematical Sciences department of the university.

It is the part that clearly resonates for me, it is what I remember the most when I think about the university.

The experience has significantly contributed to my self-development. It has sharpened my academic skills and knowledge, as we worked on modeling the data we received from the owner company. But, what is more, my experience has greatly been enriched by the wonderful people I have met. I was a bit anxious at first to fit in with the other students, especially because we were grouped in teams.

However, everyone was genuinely making an effort to include me and make me feel I belong to the team. I have made so many unforgettable friendships, a kind of bond that is everlasting. Although we are currently in different continents, but we still keep in touch.

I really hope that I will be back soon to the place that I have known as my second home, and be able to meet all the extraordinary people I have come to cherish.