Ambassador for Norway
One thing I really like about the University is that it has a good balance of taking care of you, and letting you take responsibility for your own learning. It’s up to you to read at home and make sure you understand lectures, but we also have tutorial groups and our professors are very helpful and approachable if you want to discuss the subject in more depth.
From the moment you start the Career studio can also help you make good academic choices to help you get a job when you graduate. As a non-native speaker of English, my time here will also help me perfect my English language skills, which will be very useful as it is the primary language in many workspaces in Norway, and also elsewhere in the world The best thing about the city of Liverpool is the people, they are so friendly, super helpful and kind, people will go out of their way to help you. It’s also a very cultural city, so lots of concerts, museums and other activities you can enjoy. It’s also a good place for shopping and walking around looking at the many beautiful buildings. It’s not too big or too small you can walk from the university campus to the city centre in 15 minutes.
I recently joined the archery club at the university, and I absolutely love it! The people are super nice, and we always go to the pub after practice. I've never been much of a sporty person, but now I can't get enough. I've also joined several societies (Comic books, Harry Potter, rock music, modern languages and geology). I don't have time to go to everything every week but they are good places to meet people with similar interests. I also really like to travel but for now it will be limited to field trips and sporting events, and during vacations. During a normal week I’m still exploring all that Liverpool has to offer, which is a lot.
Sarah's top tips
- Be as busy as possible the first couple of weeks, and try out lots of different things
- Say yes! If people invite you to the pub or whatever, say yes, even if you don't drink or have an early lecture. That's how you make friends!
- Don't be afraid to ask for help! You're not alone in being a fresher (or with a disability, or other issues). People have been there before you, and the University staff are there to help you
- Explore the city before it gets cold outside! It's good to get your bearings and know where you are going so you don’t walk in the wrong direction when it's raining.