Being an overseas Masters student could be a challenge because there are many things to learn; not just in classes, but also to learn from a different culture, weather, food and habits. Fortunately, the university provides different services to help the student. However, I was interested to meet other international students and to learn from their culture and their own experience on campus.
My interest in multiculturalism encouraged me to apply to be an International student rep for the FXU Student Council Meetings where I provide some feedback from other international students in order to improve the student experience. For instance, one of the ideas gathered by students which I raised during the meeting was the need to audio or video record the lectures and post them on the intranet, helping not only international students but also those who couldn’t attend the classes or for distance learning. Other included the need to carry out different activities so that international students can meet others who speak the same language and the need of a microwave on campus.
I think it was a good experience that can improve some skills such as communication, time management, team working, critical analysis, etc. Moreover, it will have a good impact on your CV and therefore increase your employability if you haven’t already had any work experience. The meetings are very friendly with free hot drinks and we were very lucky to have a free hoodie!
Now, the days of study are over very fast; just waiting for the results of my course but I encourage any other student to become a rep for the friendly student council meetings. It will be a way to meet new friends, be part of a positive change in our faculties and university.
Gustavo was an MSc Mining Engineering international student from South America. He was very busy with his studies but he managed to enjoy some time out as a member of the International, post grad and tennis societies.