Three years ago, I never thought I would graduate in a foreign country in a foreign language with a 1st class honours degree in Public Health.
When I started preparing my applications to UK universities, I didn’t know what to expect, if any universities were going to accept me or what course I would do! I knew only one thing, that I wanted to do something with health!
When I selected my universities and sent all my applications, I got offers from several universities. I can’t say I was scared, but I didn’t know what to expect! But some deep voice was telling me, David, you have to try now! And I tried!
When I came to ARU, it was so challenging for me to adapt to a new culture, new language and accent. Despite this, I got a lot of support from ARU, which helped make everything much smoother! After a couple of months, I felt settled. I enjoyed my Public Health course, and I was happy.
Once I started to feel confident enough, I got involved in more and more opportunities. I began to work in various university places and involved in multiple projects! Yes, covid happened, and I am not going to say it didn’t affect my experience, but now I see some positive aspects! I learned how to work virtually, I realised that sometimes for 5 minutes of talk, there is no need to have a face-to-face meeting! I improved my IT skills. Also, the pandemic was a perfect example of Public Health in action.
My last year at ARU was one of the best! I checked my limits! I was involved in almost every department in ARU! Hosting various events, projects, volunteering, as a student ambassador, at the student union, internships, research projects, sports and competitions. Alongside that, I was studying very hard! Also, I was preparing and applying for a Master's degree! It was long nights in the library!
Now, if you ask me, are you happy, David? Yes, I am! Was your course beneficial for you? Yes, very! Are you going to miss your time at ARU? Yes, it was an exciting moment!
If you are reading this blog and considering applying for Public Health or any other course or starting to do something new in your life, I would say take this step!
Deividas studied Public Health at ARU in Chelmsford. To find out more about our degree courses and student life at ARU, book your place at an Open Day.