In a previous post, Why I chose to study in the UK, I spoke about the Quality of Education being my number one reason. And this reason is essentially a double edged sword, because not only do British universities rank highly and there are a variety of courses available, but also many people around the world are aware of the standard of education offered in the UK and so it is very likely you will be interacting with the best and the brightest people from all over the world; all drawn to the UK to further their studies. The University of Surrey especially, is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK, with more than 140 nationalities playing a role in university life!
Some groups, like Friends International Guildford are wholly dedicated to making International students at the University of Surrey feel welcome. They are a local Christian charity, which aims to support International students in building friendships with other students, helping them make local links with families and explore life in the UK. They organise events, experiences and social meet ups (online and in person following government COVID guidelines), to help international students learn about and take part in British culture to get the most out of their time here while at university. More information can be found here: https://www.friendsinternationalguildford.org.uk
This past week, I was honoured to celebrate the Mooncake Festival with a friend of mine who is of Chinese background. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival is a traditional festival celebrated in China as well as by overseas Chinese communities. It signifies the end of the autumn harvest and is celebrated through lantern lighting, mooncake making and sharing, as well as other festivities. This year, I was happy to share a mooncake with our friends. I have shared a pictured below:
Hoping and praying that everyone remains safe during this time.
That is all for now folks,