Latin Americans at Surrey

An insight into life at Surrey from two current Latin American students

My new experiences with student groups and associations!

Hola! Hello!

I want to share with you my experience trying out new student groups and associations on campus. The University of Surrey has a great variety that you can choose from. The first time you might hear about them is at Fresher’s fair, where all of the universities groups and societies show case what they have to offer, and they have a contact list where you can sign up in order to receive their emails and news. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for latest news and events.

This past Saturday I went on a hiking trip organized by the Hiking Society. It started at 10:00am and it lasted until 2:00pm. We went to the hills that are behind the university and by the end we ended up in town. It was a beautiful day because the sun came out in the afternoon. It was a great experience because I was able to take a friend of mine that visited me on the same trail and he loved it! So now I know more about Guildford and I can share that experience. Here are some pictures from the February hiking trip!

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I also attended a movie night by the Disney society where we watched Monsters Inc, (which is my favourite Disney movie!) In the future I plan on trying to ice skate with the Ice Skating society, since I have never done it before. I think I should learn to do it now that I am in the UK, plus it is only 1 pound with the Ice Staking society.

Something wonderful about this university is that all the groups and societies make social events during the year. So I will be attending a Latin night! Which has been organised by the Salsa, Hispanic, Italian, French, and Portuguese student societies. You see, there is something for everyone here!

Have a great rest of the week! Until next time! 🙂

 

What are student reps for?

I might have mentioned student reps briefly in a previous post, but I think it is a topic worth covering more in depth as it is something I hadn’t seen anywhere else. During the first couple of weeks of the first semester we got an email asking if anyone would like to be a student […]


Living in University Accommodation

Hey! Sorry for the sporadic nature of my blog posts lately, hopefully next week I’ll be fully settled into my new schedule and start blogging at a consistent time again. This week I’ll talk about how living in university accommodation has been like so far. I live in Twyford Court. It’s very close to the […]


Accessing healthcare in the UK

Hey! Sorry I’ve been away from blogging so long, it’s been a hectic few weeks given that the final exam period was two weeks long and I happened to have exams starting from the first day at 9am all the way to 6pm on the last day. During the Christmas break I was able to […]


Beautiful Sunny Winter Days!

Hello everyone! Hola a todos!!

Happy new year!!

I wanted to share with you a few pictures I took of the university campus today because it is such a beautiful winter day at the University of Surrey.

You see I love blue skies and coming form South America, I grew up hearing how the weather in the UK is terrible because it rains a lot and it is always cold and grey. When I decided to come to the UK to do my Masters I bought a lot of winter clothes and I was ready to embrace the grey, sad, rainy weather. But let me tell you that since September, when I arrived to Surrey, I only used my umbrella three times, and it only snowed once this far.

I do come from a cold city, La Paz, Bolivia. A high city in the Andes so I am used to the cold. But it does not mean I like grey and rainy, so Guildford surprised me with its wonderful weather. I did not have to worry about rainy too much or grey or sad at all! If you are coming from a valley or a tropical city then do not worry, the winter is not as terrible here as in other places in the the north of the UK or Europe.

 

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 This is the view from my own room! It is a beautiful view and even better with the blue sky.

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This is the view from the Admissions and Recruitment’s office. It overlooks the lake.

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This is the view of the lake in a beautiful winter day.

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 In this picture you can see the library!

It is cold but beautiful when it is sunny and here at Surrey it has been mostly sunny! So coming from south America  you do not have to be afraid of the weather or the snow of the UK, you can be sure that by being at Surrey you will have a wonderful time even in the winter!

Until next time!

Carla 🙂

 

My experience applying for a UK visa

Since Carla wrote about visas last week I decided I would write about my own experience applying for a UK visa this week. When I first read the visa application guide I assumed I needed to have all required documents before submitting my visa application online, which I didn’t, and that assumption caused me to […]


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