2 April 2020
Optometry student Emiljana Vulaj answers our questions about her experiences as an Albanian student at ARU.
I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews and ARU seemed to be the right place for me. It’s a very friendly university with a variety of cultures and nationalities which made it exciting!
The course, for me, was very full-on and a lot for me to take in, which was a bit scary to start with but I now wouldn’t change it for the world. I loved the challenging aspect of the course and the new things I have learnt. My lecturers were good and always supportive and willing to help.
I found the lab rooms very useful during my first year. The equipment really enabled me to get extra practice which helped a lot.
I would definitely recommend my course to anyone interested in Optometry. It isn’t easy but hard work does pay off and the career opportunities, I’m sure, will be rewarding.
The different variety of people you get to meet.
For me it was the language, due to the fact I wasn’t born in an English speaking country! I overcome this by not being afraid to show what I know - you always know more than you think - and then learning from what I didn’t know.
Cambridge is beautiful and full of life.
The opportunity I got to meet new people and make new friends.
I’m very much looking forward to a career as an Optometrist.
Enjoy every day as much as possible, be yourself, and don’t be afraid to show the world what you know, even yourself!