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The campus is stunning, with its fascinating architecture and historic buildings. It’s well laid out, the medical school is just across the road from the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
The facilities are world-class giving us online access to textbooks and educational resources that would cost thousands, but are all free for students. As a medical student, we have access to the clinical skills building and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre and the medical school is affiliated with internationally renowned teaching hospitals in Merseyside.
I am particularly interested in surgery and I was selected to be the first year representative for the Surgical Scousers Society. This is a great way to meet like-minded people, and develop organisational, team work and communication skills whilst having a lot of fun!
'Liverpudlians' are also extremely friendly, and this is the ideal city to be in as an international student. It is large enough to have all the major shops, restaurants, and events but also small enough to not get lost in the crowd.
Shanavi's top tips
- Step outside your comfort zone - it is really important to put yourself out there and try and meet as many people as possible! Without the support system of the friends and family back home, you can easily start to feel homesick.
PRO TIP:The International Relations Team hold many events specifically for international students especially at the beginning of the year. Some are social, others are informative but they are all a great way to meet people in the same boat as you!
- Prioritise your health and well-being - when living away from home, you won’t have someone keeping tabs on you. So it is important to make sure that look after your health, by getting enough sleep, exercise, fresh fruits and vegetables (as tempting as it is to do otherwise) .
PRO TIP:If you can learn how to cook a few nutritious but easy to prepare meals, it will be better for you and your wallet!
- Boring paperwork – is boring but important! -again because there is no one checking in on you, it is important that you are responsible for all your important documents, dates, appointments. For example, registering with a GP, getting a National Insurance Number (if you intend to work whilst studying), opening a UK bank account, getting a TV licence etc. Have a filing system to organise everything so it doesn’t get misplaced.
PRO TIP:Sync the calendar on your laptop with your phone, so you don’t miss any important dates or appointments.
- Enjoy the process - at first everything might seem a little overwhelming to because almost everything is different! Where to buy groceries, go shopping for clothes, how to use public transport, even the social nuances in the UK may be different to your home country!
PRO TIP:Don’t try and get everything done as soon as you arrive. Take one step at a time, and accept that although it is difficult at first, it does get better and easier!