“Travelling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” - IBN Battuta
I moved countries because of the opportunities and the endless advantages of knowing the English language for international work. I come from a small country in Eastern Europe called Lithuania. I always dreamed of travelling and studying abroad, however it was a daunting and life changing step to take. Starting a new life in a completely unknown place, with a language that I hardly understood and without my friends around seemed scary.
I soon learnt that it’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really really brave. I remember arriving in Plymouth and being greeted with glorious sunshine (which I now know it’s quite rare!) and the smell of pasties (on every corner of city centre may I add, the perks of being near Cornwall ha!). I soon fell in love with Plymouth and its diversity, being in the city whilst having the privilege of enjoying the seaside only 10 minutes’ walk towards Plymouth Hoe. At the beginning I thought I would struggle to settle, however I was pleasantly surprised by the kindness of others. There are so many activities and groups that you could join, the community support is limitless. I volunteered with local charities which was so important to me and helped me to integrate into a new environment, I made friends and finally felt like I could call Plymouth my home.
I applied to go to Universities all around the country and visited each one but none ever come close to the atmosphere that Plymouth maintained. I might be bias, as I've lived here for a few years now, but no city has such vibrancy and variety. The campus is central, so that means you are a walk away from all the shops and cafes. I spend most of my adult life drinking coffee, therefore this is definitely convenient for me! Sometimes if I’ve had a long day studying and need to clear my head, I go for a run to Royal William Yard, which is an incredible asset to the city. It offers the most stunning views of the sea if you go to Devils Point and you can run all around it. Also the best views for a sunset!!
On other occasions, after a long day I go out with friends in the evening. There’s so many clubs and bars in Plymouth, I don’t think you could visit them all in one night! The barbican is amazing in the summer and you can sit in the sun listening to live music and maybe even grab some locally caught fish and chips!
I even took up a part time job, so there are many opportunities to have the best of everything. If you stay over the summer, you can go to MTV crashes which is a massive concert on the hoe that happens every year!
I am in my second year at Plymouth University now and I couldn’t be happier. I feel well supported by my lecturers and during my degree I’ve had the chance to work with local agencies, which have equipped me with experience no other university could offer.