Boon Kheng Toh
Malaysian student Boon is enjoying his life at Strathclyde. In addition to his studies, he has taken the chance to see more of Scotland and enjoys mixing with other students. Find out more below about Boon's life at Strathclyde and what his favourite place on campus is!
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
I applied through International Medical University (IMU) in Malaysia, and they showed me the opportunity of a 2+2 degree transfer programme with Strathclyde.
Reading up about Strathclyde’s accolades, and hearing so many good things about the city of Glasgow made the offer simply look too good to refuse.
Had you been to Scotland before? What were your thoughts ahead of coming here?
No, I had not been to Scotland. I was worriedly imagining that it would be freezing cold and snow everywhere. But realistically, Scotland is known to have beautiful landscapes and great people. I was certainly interested in coming to this country, even prior to Strathclyde.
What are the differences between studying at home and in Scotland?
Back home, it seemed that the focus was greatly inclined towards memorising, following a fixed design, and doing only what we were told to do. Here in Strathclyde, we are encouraged to read beyond lectures and build our own arguments (with evidence, of course). It definitely feels more enjoyable from an academic standpoint to study here in Scotland.
What do you enjoy about living in Glasgow?
The accessibility of many things. Food, groceries, and leisure items are all within 10 minutes’ walk. Admittedly I live in the city centre, but there are also many buses heading in all directions. And being such a hub, it's relatively easy to get travelling means to other cities like Edinburgh, or outskirts like Argyll forest parks. I especially enjoy the many student tours around Scotland which start in Glasgow, something that might not be as common to those living in other cities.
How welcoming do you find Strathclyde/Glasgow?
The people are incredibly friendly. Whether picking up some coffee, or checking out at counters, being greeted by warm smiles makes it a lot easier to call this place home for a few years. Not to mention the university is always there to support international students in many ways.
What advice would you give to an international student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?
Come, if you can. It’s an amazing experience. The lecturers are very helpful, and the University is always looking for ways to improve the student experience. There’s a huge international community here with many active university societies, so you would be in for a good time beyond just studying.
What's the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?
I think the best thing is the library. Both online and physically. Be it for assignments and revision, or just to expand knowledge. The collection of journals and books are huge, and there are different environments in the library building which you can choose to sit in depending on what you're comfortable with. And there’s also coffee in the building when you need that wake-up call.