Manit Sittimart, from Thailand, was awarded a GREAT scholarship for his master’s course in Chronic Disease Management at St Mary’s University for 2019-2020. Read about how he’s settling in to life in the UK as a GREAT scholar.
When I found out I had been awarded a GREAT scholarship, I felt so grateful. I couldn’t keep it to myself!
I’m excited to study in the UK because I will be able to meet people from all around the world. It’s a chance for me to be surrounded by native English speakers and learn, practice and improve my English.
My first impressions of the campus were that it’s so beautiful and peaceful. It’s a great environment to study and play sports.
My Freshers’ Week experience was quite exciting, I enjoyed meeting new people and making friends. I also went to a Freshers’ Fair, where I had a chance to sign up to any sports and societies that I wanted to take part in. I’ve started to explore my local area, and one of my favourite places is Strawberry Hill station. I don’t see a lot of railroad crossing gates here in the UK, so I feel nostalgic for my old days back in Thailand whenever I go through these gates. I also love visiting Hampton Court Palace, being near the River Thames makes the Palace look so spectacular.
Settling in to university life can be challenging, but I like the education system in the UK.
In doing a master’s, there’s a lot more independent study than an undergraduate degree. However, I’m really enjoying the course. It has so many various types of coursework and assignments. For example, my classmates and I recently did a roleplay exercise for a healthcare scenario and it was filmed, which was an interesting exercise. My work-life balance is getting better as I feel more familiar with the culture and lifestyle here.