MArch – Master of Architecture student

“When I first moved to Bournemouth for my studies, I was really unsure of what to expect.  Would I fit in, make new friends and adjust to living away from home for the first time?

The first few weeks were unsettling, as I had to find my way around, locate the supermarkets and adjust to being a student again after being out of education for almost thirteen years.  I am extremely glad to say that I have loved every minute of it! I was so happy to be in Bournemouth doing my Undergraduate degree in Architecture, that when it came to doing my Masters in Architecture, without any hesitation, I chose Bournemouth again.

Bournemouth has many things to offer, from the seven miles of golden sandy beaches (in the summer, it reminds me of my travelling) to the various places to eat and socialise.  One thing that I wanted to do was learn to ride a bike, and with help from university, I was able to learn a life long skill. I am now a keen cyclist and take my bike out as much as possible.  I have visited many well-known landmarks such as Hengistbury Head, Lulworth Cove and the cycling through the New Forest has been an experience that will never be forgotten.

For those that want more of a physical activity, taking up surf lessons has also been a great way to meet new people and form new friendships. The lessons are available throughout the entire year and getting into the water and being able to stand on a board and then surf again has been a truly wonderful skill to learn and I can now tick off something else from the bucket list that I created when I decided to come to Bournemouth.

My main reason for moving to Bournemouth was for education, but doing extra curricular activities has made my experience even more exciting. I feel it is important to focus on studying but also to make the most of life whilst here. Learning new skills such as cycling and surfing has introduced me to new skills and meeting new friends outside of university. Coming out of my comfort zone has made me more aware of what I can do and given me skills that will allow me to adjust to new places once I complete my Masters in Architecture.

My aim for the next one and a half years is to join some of the social clubs that are on offer at Arts University Bournemouth.  Time flies by, and it is my aim to maximise the time that I have left here.  When I leave, I want to say that I gained the most from my education but also gained the most that is on offer here as well.”