My first blog, hi everyone!

Hello everyone! It has been a while since I’ve taken up the habit of blogging anything so to get the chance to start a blog about my student life is something really exciting! For my first blog entry, I reckon it would be nice for you guys to get to know me a little bit better.

I am an international student from Singapore, and I have been studying at Plymouth University for almost four years now. I did my undergraduate in Marine Biology (which was so much fun by the way!) and am now studying for a Masters in Sustainable Aquaculture Systems.  

I am pretty sure many of you will be wondering why I chose Plymouth out of all the universities in the world for my higher education. Well, the main reason I chose Plymouth is the location. I have always known that I wanted to study marine biology since I was nine, and since the education structure in Singapore is similar to that of the UK, I thought that applying to a university in the UK seemed like a good idea.

Plymouth stood out as the ideal place to study marine biology for me because of several reasons. Their facilities for marine research are top-notch, and there are many external organisations nearby (e.g. National Marine Aquarium, Marine Biological Association, etc.) that you could get involved with. What attracted me most was the university’s proximity to the sea. I mean, how many universities can boast the fact that they are literally just a few minutes walk away from the sea? This takes the meaning of “learning in your backyard” to a whole new level!  

My undergraduate at Plymouth was enjoyable and academically enriching, and when it came to deciding what to do next after graduation, I figured that a postgraduate would be a good idea. To be honest, I was contemplating on doing my postgraduate somewhere else. In fact, I was offered a place on the Aquaculture Masters course at the University of Tasmania, Australia. However, I eventually decided to stay with Plymouth because of the familiarity and trust I have with the university. A Masters course is only a year long, which is a really short amount of time compared to an undergraduate or a PhD. So rather than choosing to start somewhere new, I thought it better for me to use the time wisely to build on my current relationship with the lecturers that I have known since undergraduate, and to improve on my research and laboratory skills. Of course, the structure and content of the course itself was very appealing to me, especially the parts where we get to go on field trips to places like the National Lobster Hatchery, and to conduct practical sessions that involved things like seafood processing and fish necropsy. The 10% alumni tuition fee discount and scholarship I received from the university were just some added bonuses!

Hopefully over the next academic year, I’ll be able to give you a glimpse into what studying a postgraduate in Plymouth is like. I will also be sharing a little bit on the things I like to do outside of my course in my future blog posts, so do look out for them if you want to find out more about the overall university student experience. Hope you enjoyed reading my first post and see you in the next one!