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As someone who has travelled to nearly 20 countries, no place I've been to has come close to Liverpool and although I'm far from my family I still feel 'at home'. My favourite part of the city is the people; they're incredibly friendly and welcoming. I like the fact that I can hear multiple languages being spoken as I walk in the streets.
I love studying environmental science because it's a very collaborative field of science. I like that this course gives me the freedom to choose the modules I want so that I can explore new things I might not have previously known I would enjoy. I also find that the people on my course, including the lecturers, are well-rounded people, who always have an interesting experience/perspective to share. On top of that they are all genuinely interested in what they research/teach and that positive energy helps fuel my passion in my studies. The best thing about this University is just how collaborative and supportive everyone is. Everyone I have met in my time at the university is also genuinely friendly and they are more than willing to help me. My course will expose me to a great deal of hands-on work and experiences traveling to different parts of the UK and internationally, so I will know how to conduct research in many different environments. Additionally, Liverpool is full of different areas to observe, from estuarine environments to woodlands, and even the geographical positioning of the city is interesting
As someone who has travelled to nearly 20 countries, no place I've been to has come close to Liverpool and although I'm far from my family I still feel 'at home'. My favourite part of the city is the people; they're incredibly friendly and welcoming. I like the fact that I can hear multiple languages being spoken as I walk in the streets. I've met people from all corners of the world and I've learnt a lot of new things from them. This will be useful in my career in science because, I will already have a big network of people and I can gain valuable experience from opportunities to work with them. I also love how walkable the city is- I'm never far from somewhere interesting, and the combination of architecture from different eras is beautiful and I'm always learning about something new.
In my free time, I like to meet up with friends and go to a park, and when I'm alone I have a lot of different hobbies such as; baking and crocheting and I love to spend time in nature. I go for walks every day, I run frequently, and I do yoga. I also enjoy learning languages (I'm working on Japanese right now), writing songs, and playing the guitar and piano.
Laura's top tips
- Learn about the city. When I visit a new city, I spend my first day walking around without using a GPS (until I need to get home) so I get a good feel of my surroundings. Make sure to pop into some museums and cafes.
- Get involved. I know everyone says this, but especially during this pandemic, it was so important for me to actively try to socialise with my course mates and get to know my professors, so that I could form a strong support network.
- Make a routine. Once I semi-know my schedule, I start writing out a to-do list every morning so that I can check things off as I go about my day. I like to include an equal amount of work-related and personal tasks to make sure I don't get burned out, and it really helps me to stay motivated.
- Call your family and friends from back home! Coming to a new city is hard, especially when it's your first-time leaving home, so don't be afraid to reach out to them. You'll be able to tell them about all the new stuff that is happening, while they fill you in on things you're more familiar with back home. Every time I'm feeling overwhelmed I always video chat my parents to help ground myself.