Hi everyone! I’m Xiaotong, the Chinese student ambassador of the University of Surrey, I’m very glad to meet you guys here via this blog. I’ve been here since the end of September this year as a first-year PhD student in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management, doing some researches on tourism sustainability.
Alongside my study and research journey, I’m also enjoying the role of being the Chinese student ambassador to bridge the university and our prospective students in China who have willingness to explore more about our campus and colorful uni life. Apart from my busy study and research schedule, I’m also very much enjoying the great variety of social or academic events provided for us to not only network and socialize with other peers, but also essentially level up our study, academy and working skills. Likewise, the safe, inclusive and friendly circumstance here really make me feel highly welcomed to engage with others in a quite international and interdisciplinary setting. There are a set of welcome events throughout the freshers’ week are really well-prepared, including programme orientation, international student gathering, accommodation quiz game and so on, all of which indeed serves as an eye-opener for me and greatly expand my global view via chatting with friends from varies countries and cultural backgrounds, as well as getting myself fit right in the new environment. For myself, I regard the cross-cultural communication as one of the most valuable things to cherish in university.
Add to that, I also spent quite a lot time in the brand-new massive sports park to get fit and relax myself. Following this blog, I’ll rolling out new series of blogs to help you know lot more about our amazing Surrey life in weekly basis! If you got questions about anything of the Surrey, please don’t be hesitate to make contact with us!