Crossing the Atlantic

An insight into life at Surrey from current US students

A midway reflection: Things I’m glad I did, wish I did, and wish I hadn’t

As I was talking to a friend that I met in my first week of being at the University, we realized… holy guacamole we’re almost midway through our Master’s program!! I had a flash of all the things I’ve done since I got here, all the things I’m excited for in my next 6 months to come, the things I wish I had done, the things I wish I hadn’t done, the awkward moments, the good memories, and the differences between me during undergrad and me at Surrey and everything in between. I thought I’d share some of my insights that are more relevant and hopefully there’s some advice hidden in there.

Things I’m glad I did:

International Student Orientation: First off, I’m sooo glad I did International Student Orientation (the week before regular orientation). Though it felt like a long time before my classes actually started because essentially I ventured over two weeks early, I got to settle in ahead of time (which I would much prefer doing) and figure out all the details of my life living in the UK (as mentioned in other posts, figuring out banking, my phone situation, orienting around Guildford, and getting school/kitchen/life supplies etc. before Tesco ran out). They also had different activities/events for international students so that we could meet people from all over and mingle and what not; I’m still close friends with people I met that week!! That’s actually when I met the majority of my friends who aren’t from my cohort. Basically what I learned is that it’s always easier to make friends at the very beginning when nobody knows each other and everyone wants to make friends.

International Student Ambassador: When I first arrived to Heathrow airport, I did the Meet and Greet where I got picked up along with a bunch of other international students to head straight to Surrey with a coach bus and student ambassadors who greeted us (hence the meet and greet) and made us feel welcome to the school. They were super friendly and helpful. I was talking to one postgrad student about wanting a part time job to earn some extra money. She told me I should apply to be an international student ambassador because it has flexible hours, is a pleasant job on campus that is easy to manage with schoolwork and looks good on a CV. I’m so glad I took her advice. Trying to find a part time job off campus in Guildford can be limiting if you plan to travel, it doesn’t pay as well for the type of work you’ll be doing, and you’ll have to take into account transportation to and from work. There are many perks to being any type of student ambassador that make it an easy and pleasant job to have, just take my word for it!

Ok I realized I could rant on forever about the things I’m glad I did and so on, so I’ll try to be more concise with the rest of this blog post…

Living in student housing, using a bike as my main mode of transportation, getting a Surrey Sports Park Membership, taking time to travel outside of the UK, being open to trying new experiences, and making friends and family come to visit me.

Things I wish I did:

Schedule more library hangout sessions. I did this a lot more often first semester and during study period where some friends and I would book a room for hours and have a combo of studying and hanging out. Though at times distracting, it was also motivating because it’s hard for me to stay sane in the library for more than 3 hours by myself unless I have a pressing deadline.

Meet with professors to ask them about any projects to help with, talk to them about the subject more, ask for advice, etc. because they are a wealth of knowledge and can provide some sense of direction.

Start the year by cooking/getting dinner with my flat mates so that we could be closer as a group. We had a few meals together with a few of us, but we’re not as close as a floor as some of my other friends are with their floor, and it’s a nice dynamic to be friends with the people you live with.

Start a book club with friends to dedicate a portion of my reading time to fun/educational reading that is unassociated with school work and discuss with others. Because I love reading but am not motivated to do so when I have the assignment deadlines lingering in my mind.

Bought a blender. I would have used it so much, but I was stubborn and thought I wouldn’t mind a year without one, not realizing that I could have bought a used blender and sold it by the end of the year. Kitchen supplies is worth it for a year.

Things I wish I hadn’t done:

Spent more time than I’d like to admit watching Netflix instead of reading for fun or being social or learning about the world. Netflix can be your biggest frenemy.

Went to a club I enjoyed only a few times and didn’t make it part of my schedule to continue to go and now feel like too much time has passed for me to start going again/something else always comes up if it’s not made a priority (cough cough salsa club and archery cough).

Paid for a bus pass when I know that bike everywhere… a waste of money if you’re only going to use the bus on occasional.

Lost 5 hats over the course of a month because I’m awful at keeping track of hats and sunglasses for some reason…

 

Overall, I’m pleased with my experience at Surrey. Though it is not like my typical routine that I had the past four years of undergrad where I kept myself super busy, it is refreshing to change routine and see my work style with a more relaxed schedule. Though I would prefer a busier schedule with my time more planned out with activities, I’ve learned to enjoy and appreciate my schedule for now since this is probably the least scheduled period I’ll have in my life.

Can you travel on the weekends?

One of my big assumptions coming to the University of Surrey for my MSc program is that because I only have class Mondays and Tuesdays, I would easily be able to explore England and Europe on my 5 off days. However, I have learned that there are differences between studying abroad and actually getting a degree abroad. These differences take many forms such as in the amount of time you’ll be abroad, the workload that you’ll have, the people you’re with, but mainly the mentality you develop about living in another country.

Before coming to the UK for my 1 year MSc program, I had studied abroad in Undergrad with my school (Boston University) in Auckland, New Zealand for 6 months. Aside from NZ and UK cultures being distinctly different, my mindset about being an adventurer when living in each country has changed. My mindset in NZ was to experience as much adventure tourism as I could (ie skydive, bungee jump, hike). Coming to the UK, I still had the notion that I would be traveling just as much in and around England. However, I quickly realized that I’m actually living for a year. That may sound like such an obvious statement, but a year is a long time and if I were to travel every other weekend, I would burn out quickly and not have enough time to do well in school or relax.

Though I have travelled a good amount while being here, most of my traveling was during our month long winter break after first semester and was with one other person. This past weekend was my first time going to another country in the midst of the semester for a self organized field trip among my cohort. There was a total of 9 of us from the Environmental Psychology gang and I must say, even though it was a wonderful trip and a great learning experience, something about being in another city, especially with so many people, is exhausting. We went to Rotterdam in the Netherlands because they’re a leading city in sustainability, and I would recommend visiting it along with Amsterdam (only a 30 min. train ride between the cities) if you can. Though I encourage the traveling bug, you should try to be smart about it, so here’s some advice that my mother would give me.

Always overestimate how long everything will take. From traveling by plane, train, or walking to eating a meal, it’s better to overestimate how long everything will take than underestimate the amount of time and miss a connecting flight or something. When traveling, I always think there will be some down time to get some work done, but with the small down time that you do have, you would rather be exploring or sleeping than trying to get work done, especially because traveling itself is tiring.

With each added person you travel with, making decisions becomes exponentially harder. Though traveling with a big group is fun and exciting, it is usually more work than you expect, even just to find a restaurant because everyone will want a different outcome.

If you have the opportunity to do something in advance, take it. This advice ranges from things like checking in for a flight early (you can check in for an EasyJet flight a week or two early online), or even going to the bathroom because you never know how long it’ll take to get where you’re going next. This also includes taking out cash in the new country’s currency as soon as you can because you don’t know when you’ll see an ATM or currency exchange next.

Always bring a little extra. One of the most uncomfortable things while being in a new place is not having enough clothing to keep you warm, so it’s always better to be safe by bringing extra layers/an umbrella. This also goes for snacks; being hangry in another country is the last thing you want to happen, so carrying a few granola bars/bananas is a must for emergency situations. Also, in a lot of European cities, they don’t regularly give out water like the US, so bringing a water bottle can be a life/money saver, like in the Netherlands where you have to pay for water in most places.

So to briefly answer the title question, can I travel on the weekends? I would say just be smart about it. It’s a lot easier and less draining to do a day trip to a nearby area such as London, Brighton, or Portsmouth during/on the weekend. Though venturing to other European cities sounds more enticing, it takes much more planning, energy, and time, which can be risky if you have a lot of work to do, so I would recommend saving those trips for winter or easter break, both about a month long. It can be easy to burnout if you try to pack in a lot of traveling on the weekends on top of work.

 

The chores of adulthood: How surrey makes it easy

What’s amazing about the Uni experience is having freedom and independence from living with your parents. But there is a dark side to that freedom, that being the added responsibility of adulthood and taking care of yourself. Fortunately, the University of Surrey makes it pretty easy to be self sufficient with all the adult chores that you’ll have to do, making the dark side not so dark after all. Here are a few of the main responsibilities you’ll encounter and how the Uni helps you out with them.

Grocery shopping: Before starting in my undergrad, I had helped my mom by getting groceries on occasion from a list she had given me. I didn’t realize that creating your own list with healthy food that can sustain you for a week or two could be challenging until I had to do it myself. Once you understand that cooking is basically just heating stuff up and it doesn’t have to be hard, the more stressful part becomes finding the time to get food. Unlike in my undergrad, the local supermarket, Tescos, is in a super convenient location. It’s in between the Manor Park campus and Stag Hill campus, about a 10 minute walk from each. It’s open 24/7 (except for Sundays, it closes at 4, so don’t make the same mistake I did of showing up at Tescos Sunday night with no food for the week) and they have more food options than you know what to do with. If you’re on campus and it’s one of those nights where you’re studying late at the library and realize you ate your last slice of bread and have nothing for breakfast or if you want a late night snack to keep you awake while you study during exam period, luckily for you, there’s Simply Fresh. Simply Fresh is the on campus food store in the same building as the library. Though not as big as Tescos, it has a surprising amount of things you can get for groceries and they have hot and cold lunch options during the day. It’s open until 11 pm most nights which is faaaaantastic.

Cooking: The accommodation on campus offers primarily single rooms (meaning no more sharing a room!!) and unlike the U.S., there’s no dining plan, there’s a shared kitchen. Depending on which band you get (you can choose between bands A, B, C, D, E and F) you can share a kitchen with 14 or 7 people, or even get a private kitchen. The kitchens in Manor Park, where it’s shared between 7 people, are more spacious and have cupboards designated to you based on your room number. What’s in the standard campus kitchen? Well, you have 4- 8 hobs (electric stoves), an oven, 1-2 refrigerators, 1-2 freezers, microwave, toaster, a kettle and a drying rack. There is no sink disposal, but they have a trash bin, compost bin, and different recycling bins, something I very much appreciate as someone who tries to be sustainable. Here’s a link if you want to learn more about the accommodation, though it won’t tell you about the stuff below. The campus also has plenty of meal options from Pizzaman to Young’s Kitchen to Wates House so that if you want a night off from cooking, you can get a decent meal at a reasonable price.

Cleaning: The cleaning varies depending on the accommodation you live in. In Manor Park, where I live, the maintenance staff takes out the trash in the kitchen every 3 days or so, and they clean the kitchen and vacuum the hallway once a week. They won’t clean your dishes for you, that’s your adult responsibility, but it’s still reaallllly nice not to have to scrub down a kitchen that so many other people use. There is a large vacuum left in the corner of the hallway and is free to use amongst the residents whenever. As an undergrad who never vacuumed her floors, I appreciate access to a good vacuum a lot. The rooms have carpeted floors, and the vacuum is strong so it takes less than 5 minutes to rid your floor of lint and crumbs, super helpful! My friends living in Bellerby Court not only get their kitchen cleaned more regularly, they also get their rooms cleaned. In Stag Hill, the maintenance staff cleans the kitchens and the bathrooms every few days.

Laundry: Throughout the accommodation in Stag Hill, Manor Park and Hazel Farm, they have several launderettes where they have modern washers and dryers that work by card, meaning no more quarters! The machines are all the same and are linked to the Circuit website so you can see how many machines are available at your closest launderette and top up on your Circuit card if you run out of money on it. They’re quite cozy too with couches if you want to chill and get some work done or hang out with friends. In the launderette nearest my accommodation, there is also a pool table and vending machines.

Other Adult Stuff: This category includes a bunch of other adult things, some of which can seem overwhelming when you first come to campus while others are issues you’ll face as time goes on. An example of the former would be setting up a phone plan. When you first arrive in your accommodation, you get a little goody box of stuff, one of the items being a sim card with the phone company gif gaf. Gif gaf offers some cheap plans and I’ve found the service to work pretty well. University of Surrey really made it an easy option amongst the midst of other things you have to deal with coming in as an international student. There’s also a Santander bank on campus where they offer a few different account options. If you have things to mail, there’s a post office in the Simply Fresh where you can ship packages and letters in and out of the U.K. There’s also a careers center that can help you look for part time jobs or internships during Uni. For when you have to move off campus for the years following first year, the Uni has accommodation services that can help you find off campus housing. And if all of the stress of living the adult life gets to be too much to handle, the Center for Wellbeing offers free counseling sessions and workshops to help you out. There is also a student mentor that will come around your room once a week first semester to see how you’re doing and be there if you need advice or someone to talk to.

So don’t worry too much about trying to be an adult while also trying to be a good student, University of Surrey can help you with that : )

Must-Have Apps for Guildford

Ah, technology. If you have a smartphone, this post is for you! The following are apps that will help you get settled and make the most of your time in Guildford.

Essential Apps:

University of Surrey: The university’s very own app has a helpful map of campus and information about Guildford and the surrounding London area. Within this app you have access to images of all different bands of accommodation and to read about notable Guildford hot spots. These accommodation images helped me plan what to pack for my room. Disappointingly, this app is quite limited and will likely only be used while you are getting acquainted with the area. The app could do with a content upload but it is definitely beneficial nonetheless.

Arriva: The bus may not necessarily be your preferred mode of transport but I recommend this app to anyone – regardless of whether they have the annual bus pass or not. Chances are you will encounter a time that you will need to take the bus – maybe after a night out in Guildford or a late night stay in the library – and when you need the bus, it’s best to have this app. The app is location enabled and provides information about the nearest bus stops. It also has a live-updated timetable and information about journey lengths.

Circuit: If you are living on campus, Circuit is a necessity. Circuit is the app and website used by students to pay for their on-campus laundry. Just download the app, make an account, load it up with credit, and you are ready to go!

Tixtu: Tixtu is used to purchase tickets for all Student Union events, including Rubix nights and Welcome Week festivities. Tixtu is available via web browser but the app is user-friendly and hassle-free.

Trainline: While at Surrey, you are likely to explore the UK – even if it is just a 34-minute train ride to London. Our campus is conveniently situated just a short walk or bus ride away from the Guildford train station, making it a prime location for weekend travel. Trainline offers live timetables of trains, the option to pre-book tickets, and a helpful trip planner. I have downloaded a few other rail-focused apps but Trainline is, in my opinion, the most user-friendly and extensive.

“Not-So-Essential-But-Still-Helpful” Apps:

Surrey Life: If you are interested in the Greater Surrey area, I definitely recommend downloading Surrey Life. Surrey Life is essentially a mobile-enabled magazine that is up-to-date with all Surrey events and news. This app is great for finding weekend craft fairs and vintage markets. Even better, during the warmer months, there tends to be a lot of information about outdoor events.

University of Surrey Student Union: Our Student Union is great but unfortunately their app is lackluster. It is often not updated, however, on a good day you are bound to find a few mobile-friendly editions of the Stag – our student newsletter. I also noticed that they posted all Welcome Week events on their Events tab. Because of its limited updating, I can’t recommend this app with much enthusiasm. But, if you have smartphone storage to spare, I say download it anyways! It’s free and it could prove useful in the future.

That’s all for now! In the mean time, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at northamerica@surrey.ac.uk.

Also, Katie Sharpe, the Regional Manager of Surrey’s International Student Recruitment team, is hosting a US student webinar on her next trip to the States. The webinar/presentation will be a great opportunity to learn more about studying in the UK, the university, and Surrey’s programmes. To register, visit the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5604296908977762049

Cheers –

Briana

 

Lessons Learnt

There are incredible benefits to studying abroad for your full degree: travel, culture, education quality, and impressive job opportunities. Studying abroad grants eye-opening experiences. Previously, I have not delved into the details of the lessons that I have learnt, but as I come to the end of my longest time spent away from home (over a year), now seems like the right moment.

Lesson 1: I am very lucky

I’ve always known I was fairly lucky, but after moving to England the scope of the matter became much clearer. Thanks to my parents, I can focus on my studies without the worry of tuition and travel Europe with money I save on the side. As there is not the same expectation that their parents will fund their tuition, most students I know in England have student loans. Side jobs and cutting costs is typical. I had the idea that if you really wanted to do something, you would just reprioritize your spending. One of moments that revealed discrepancies in that philosophy was when I wanted to go to Disneyland with a couple friends, but they just didn’t have the money. I was confused that they couldn’t make it happen if they wanted to. It sounds like a very silly lesson to learn, but understanding the situation of my close friends has been an important lesson that I can relate to other people I meet. It is not that they didn’t want to go or didn’t work a side job, it was that life is expensive and hard work does not always mean having the money to do what you want all the time. Even with most of my life expenses covered, I have learnt to budget. This year, where I am paying my own way with the money I make on placement, I feel the strains and pressures of not having enough money. It’s really eye-opening to understand other people’s situations. I am breaking out of the bubble.

Beyond just money, the education and work opportunities in England are hard to come by in many countries. The University of Surrey is very diverse and the vast array of people from various countries and cultures makes Surrey unique. I learn incredible amounts by asking questions to get a first-hand look into everyday life elsewhere. I always ask, “Why did you come to England?” and the response is almost always: there is better education and I can get significantly better job opportunities if I have studied in the UK. For many people in poorer EU countries and abroad, the UK is a gateway to a better life. Now I won’t get too political, but without EU students being able to pay “in country” tuition prices in the UK, I wonder what the quality of life will be for these people. With Brexit looming over the country, this question remains unanswered.

Lesson 2: Everything has its faults

Loyalty is in the heart of every American. We are taught from a very young age to love America and strive to abide by its values. This devotion has made an impression on the rest of the world. I came to England with reservations about certain things that America does, like everyone has, but hearing other people question America made me defensive. I started to defend and offer insight into America’s actions. I didn’t think that people understood Americans and America. I have always been happy in America and I didn’t want my section of America to be lumped in with the craziness that was happening elsewhere. I had a hard time admitting faults even if deep down I knew they were true.

It wasn’t until I learnt more about other governments and engaged with different perspectives that I began to admit faults and accept the pro’s and con’s. It is an important skill for all things in life. The ability to criticize and learn from mistakes will let me evaluate the world and my own work more objectively.

Lesson 3: The more you travel, the more you learn

When I first moved to Europe, my travels were just seeing the sites, but as I became more comfortable in new environments, I started to explore a bit more. I began speaking to friends from around the world to get a local’s advice about how to embrace the culture. People are proud of where they come from and love to share. Getting out of the city and venturing into small towns is the highlight of my trips. To make this easier, I take lots of full day tours. Now I recognize that only tourists would do these tours, but they show you a different side of the country and grant a more natural impression of the lifestyle. The guides are always very knowledgeable and give a further insight into the history of the country.

Hostels are an amalgamation of diversity of all kinds. Meeting people in hostels introduces you to entirely different ways of life. I am inspired by those who have been traveling non-stop for years and people who plan their next day’s destination based on the advice from other people in the hostel. The stories are countless and the memories innumerable. Most people follow the “equation for life”: go to school, get a job, get married, have a family, and retire. Hearing about alternative lifestyles is an incredible way to break free of the standard. Planning each step of my journey, while effective, is not as interesting as spontaneity. I am making the effort to relax and adapt to a new situations. My last couple trips, I have barely looked them up at all to maintain that element of surprise and flexibility on my adventure. This approach has led to 5 euro tickets to the Vienna State Opera and wine tasting in Tuscany’s wine region.

The most influential part of traveling is learning about the state of the world. When I travel, I almost always stay in hostels. Typically they are fairly nice or at least reasonable for my short visit. The hostel we stayed in Athens, will stay with me forever. My sister and I were walking through this lovely, posh district in Athens on our way back to the hostel. In a matter of a block or two, we entered a vastly different district that was significantly poorer and run down. The stark contrast was really rather shocking. Inside our hostel, the bottom two floors were occupied by refugees. Tiny children ran around playing, happy that they were safe. Traveling made the refugee crisis real and brought extreme poverty into the light. As much as we can ignore what is happening around the world, these lives are real. My efforts to help others have increased since. I’ll never forget that experience.

In a time where division between groups of people is gaining more and more attention, travel has never been more important. The best way to remove stereotypes is to embrace others by simply getting to know different people. There was a proposal to provide EU citizens who turn 18 years old with an interrailing pass (train pass for Europe) that would allow young people to travel Europe with limited costs. I was inspired by this proposal. Not only is it allowing less fortunate people to travel, it is an innovative way to get the EU to connect with each other. If you travel to a country, meet the people, interact with the culture, and just simply enjoy your time there, you will leave with a positive perception of the country. This is a long-term plan to make the world a more accepting place.

Lesson 4: Be happy. Be polite

The English can be a bit more passive with their complaints. If something bothers them, they will tend to just let it slide. I, on the other hand, was more than happy to speak up and provide feedback on my experience. The passiveness has taught me to be patient as I have no idea what others have been through that day. I try to reach out to people who are lost in London and help them find their way. I feel good knowing these interactions have all been positive and people have gained a better impression of England.

Surrey Sports Park: Let me help break it down for you

Ok. So in a previous post I wrote about how to get motivated to do school work instead of continuously indulging in Netflix and mentioned how physically getting my body moving helps me get the wheels in my mind turning for assignments. As someone who likes some variety in activity (aka I have tried many of the classes offered in the Sports Park), I thought it might be helpful to debrief on what some of these classes are like to make them seem less mysterious and intimidating!

*Note: I have the full membership, which allows free access to all of the classes offered throughout the day (this costs 235 pounds per year, basically if you take at least four classes a month, then you’re getting your moneys worth). The Surrey Sports Park site explains their membership options so you can choose what makes most sense for your needs, it keeps you updated with events they are hosting, has their class schedule for each semester, and a place for you to see whether classes are full or not and can book a spot in the class you are interested in.

*Another Note: I live in Manor Park (aka a super duper convenient location to access the Sports Park at all hours of the day and night as it’s a minute bike ride and about a 5 minute walk).

*Final Note: Outside of the classes, I like to use the high tech machines they have (aka your basic elliptical, treadmill, stair-master etc.) in the main workout room that has over 120 different machines, and finish my workout with 10-15 minutes in the sauna or steam room (two awesome amenities that most people don’t know exist in the Sports Park). They also have an incredible 50m pool that you can even pay to use if you don’t have a membership, an incredible climbing wall that you can take lessons at, multiple squash courts, a Starbucks to chill at after your workout, and The Bench Sports Bar that not only offers hearty meals but also serves some cold alcoholic beverages if you fancy that. The Surrey Sports Park really has so much to offer, if you want to know even more, check out the main site.

OK, getting back to the point, here’s a break down of some of the classes they offer:

Basic Aerobics– Ok, so I was definitely the youngest person in this class by far, and though this class isn’t as intense as some other ones (see below), it still gives you a good full body workout with cardio, core work, and arm work with some nice stretching mixed in. Overall, I’d consider it a well rounded class and a good option if you have a mild injury (like shin splints that feel impossible to get rid of).

Body Attack– This is the kinda class where you jump around almost the whole time and break out a sweat, especially during the song that involves a lot of push up. You feel like you had a solid workout. But then the next day… you feel like your body HAS been attacked because OH MY GOSH it will leave you so sore in such a good way.

Body Balance– This is definitely an interesting class, it’s like a more dance-like yoga combined with a little tai chi and some long balancing poses. Definitely more of a stretching and strengthening class than a drenched in sweat type class (see below), and is followed by a nice meditation.

Body Combat– I wish this class was offered more often and fit better with my schedule because it’s an awesome class that makes you feel powerful and bada** with constant punching and kicking combos. A lot of sweating involved and a LOT of soreness the next day, but I love feeling sore after a hard workout.

Body Pump– This was TOUGH for someone who generally does not lift weights or do many arm related activities. I was super intimidated to do this class but felt much better once I found out you could choose and alter your weights. Not gonna lie here, my arms couldn’t straighten for about a week after the class because I worked my arms so hard! A great class that is worth the pain.

Legs, Bums and Tums– This class is pretty much exactly what you think it would be, a lot of focusing on one area at a time intensely. You will feel all of these parts the next day, for sure.

Pilates- A classic pilates class, slow and stretchy at first followed with tough core strengthening. If you don’t know how to really activate your core when doing ab exercises, I would recommend a pilates class to teach you the value of doing it right versus doing as many as you can.

Spinning– The Surrey Sports Park has its own Spinning room, pretty cool, and is high tech with showing your RPMs on a screen in the front of the room (something I find quite intimidating), but it does bring out my sweatiest self, so I would recommend bringing your own towel for this class (and any others which you think you would sweat a lot in).

Synergy Fast Class– Holy cow, this class is only 30 minutes but my gosh it is a doozy of a time. The class is made of three 6 minutes rounds with a small break in between rounds. There are at least 8 stations that you rotate between, involving arm and core exercises and some cardio. And you bet you’re arms will be feeling it the next day or two.

Yoga Flow– A nice basic yoga class, relaxing but still involves strong poses and some nice sun salutations. A good class if you need to feel restored.

Zumba– I’ve had mixed experiences with the Zumba classes, personally I like a more energetic class with a lot of jumping around or with a lot of salsa moves, and though one of the classes involved more salsa moves, they weren’t as much of a workout as I thought it would be, but nevertheless it was a fun time : )

Hopefully this helps you understand what some of the classes at the Sports Park are like. Don’t let the intense names scare you off from trying them, if you end up getting the full membership, these classes are free so they’re definitely worth trying out, and who knows you may surprise yourself! If classes and machines aren’t your thing, there are 44 different sports clubs on campus ranging from American football to Archery to the Cycling club to Salsa club to Ultimate Frisbee! University of Surrey offers many ways to get your body moving, so feel free to choose whatever activity is calling your name : )

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