Rebecca, from the USA, came to Strathclyde to study a postgraduate course in Subsea & Pipeline Engineering. Find out below why she chose to come and study with us and what she enjoys most about Strathclyde, Glasgow and her course.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
The department reached out to me after I had started my application and made me feel welcomed, as well as put me in touch with Dr Julia Race because she has a metallurgy background like myself. The connection with Dr Race and feeling welcomed into the department made Strathclyde an easy choice over other programmes where I did not get that same treatment. The idea of being in such a diverse city that is easy to travel to and from also made Strathclyde the choice for me.
What do you like about your course?
The small size and diversity of the programme. I came from a very small, family-like department during my undergrad and I appreciate having the same feeling here at Strathclyde. There are only seven people in my cohort and we all know and work together well, which is incredibly helpful.
What else do you like about Strathclyde?
The University really encourages every student to get involved outside their studies. Last semester I joined the rugby team, which helped give me something outside of my studies to focus on.
I think it’s great that students are given every Wednesday afternoon off so that there is an opportunity to have time for activities outside of the classroom.
In addition to sports clubs, there are also several clubs and societies to join all around campus, which provide an opportunity to try so many new things.
What do you do in your spare time?
Since coming here, I have made sure to take the opportunity to travel as much as I can. I have tried to take at least one weekend trip a month since being here, and since Glasgow is such a large city with many outlets for transportation it has been so easy to get around and see many new places.
I am also currently training to run the Edinburgh Marathon, which is an opportunity I never thought I would get. I have had some of the most amazing and beautiful runs while being here. Whenever I travel, I also try to find the opportunity to find hiking routes, as some of the scenery is unbelievable.
What funding opportunities were available to you and how have they helped you with your studies?
I received the Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship. Receiving a scholarship was more encouragement to come to Strathclyde, as it helped ease some of the financial stress that comes with being a student.
What do you think about Glasgow and Scotland?
Scotland is such a stunning place! There are so many places to travel to and so much to see and I love the amount of history that is present.
Glasgow is great because it is so easy to travel from and get around to many different places. There are also so many people to meet because of the diversity of the city and all of the people are so friendly. You can go just about anywhere and people will be more than happy to have a chat with you.
Would you recommend Strathclyde to other people and why?
I would most definitely recommend Strathclyde. I am so happy I chose Strathclyde over other universities and I have nothing but good things to say about coming here. I feel as though I have received an excellent education thus far and have enjoyed everything I have learned. The campus itself is beautiful and is lovely to walk around.