MLitt Literature student Lamiya Sami

Lamiya Sami


MLitt Literature, Culture & Place


Tell us a bit about your background…
I am mature student and already hold a degree of MA in English Literature from Lahore Pakistan. I moved to Dubai UAE in 2002 and been living and working there ever since...        

What inspired you to continue in higher education?
I always wanted to study and be a part of the academia but due to family commitments I was stuck and became lazy. However two years back an epiphany stuck me and I could no longer stay lazy and not do things that I always wanted to. Hence, I am back on track... 

Why did you choose to study at the University of Strathclyde?
Primarily the course, it has been designed in a way that opens up opportunities especially for mature students like myself. Secondly, I visited Glasgow years back and fell in love with the vibe and it is also closer to home (Dubai/Pakistan) than North American countries.             

Did you seek any support during the application process?
Not exactly, it was pretty easy. However I did get in touch with the university for guidance throughout the process.               

What has been the highlight of your time at Strathclyde so far?
My seminars!   

What would be your advice for people considering taking the course at Strathclyde?
Just do research about the course, and also look up on ideas for optional subjects.

What have been your main challenges at university, and how did you overcome them?
I think being an international student is always challenging but then you get used to it. However the location/ terrain is challenging, I still wheez after an uphill climb to the Business School or the Library from George Street.

What do you think of the support available during your course?
It is very good. The teachers and the management staff are very friendly and accommodating.    

What are your ambitions for the future?
I am looking to pursue a PhD and if I do it in UK then Strathclyde is my first choice for sure.           

Do you have any other thoughts or advice that you would like to share on your course?
It is an excellent course especially for those who want to take Literature to a more interdisciplinary frontier, continue research or start a career in media.

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