Aurora is a MPhys Physics student from Italy. Here, she shares her experience of studying at Strathclyde.
Can you tell me a bit about your background and led to you studying at Strathclyde?
I am from a small town in Northern Italy and I always wished to live in a big city. I fell in love with Glasgow the first time I visited it a few years ago since then I decided I wanted to study in Scotland.
I always loved science and I had the opportunity to teach Mathematics and Physics as a private tutor for a while. Even if teaching isn't my future, being able to explain complexed phenomena using simple formulas always fascinated me. I also wanted to study Physics and be able to apply my knowledge in the research field in the future. Strathclyde seemed a perfect place to start building my future, so I decided to apply.
Why did you decide to study at Strathclyde?
I must admit that Strathclyde wasn’t my first choice, but it turned out to be the best university for me. When I got the opportunity to change university I decided to stay here, both for the course and university, which I really like and for the people I met here, who made me feel home.
Describe Strathclyde in three words
Welcoming, international, friendly
What has been the highlight of your course?
One of the things I appreciate the most is the way the course itself is structured: well balancing the theory with the practice and always interactive, not only in the laboratories or in the projects, but also during the lectures.
I'm at the beginning of my course, but I think it has already helped me develop many transferable skills, for example, coding, working in a group and organising my time.
How do you find studying in Glasgow?
I love studying here. Glasgow is a dynamic and international city, there is always something to do, whatever you like, and the people are really friendly.
What advice would you give to someone looking to study here?
To come and visit the university. I didn’t have the chance, but I think it is the best way to appreciate it. If that is not possible, I think it may help to talk with current students.
What has been your main challenges?
As an international student living so far away from home was and still is really challenging, but I found a new home in Glasgow and I am really glad I moved here.
What are your ambitions for the future?
My hope is to finish my studies here, specialise in theoretical physics and build a career as a researcher in that field. Since My course is obviously giving me the knowledge needed for this, but it's also giving me the opportunity to work in groups, write reports and work on projects, which I think are really important skills for any future career.
What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?
It's difficult to pick just one thing, but I will probably say the support given to students. You can always find someone ready to help you out.