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11 / Fresher v2.0

I never thought I would study Masters until my third year at university. For the first two years of university, I didn't have a plan for the future. Lets be honest, you're more likely to think about how to have survive university than to think of your future/career. But in third year, it was time to think seriously. At the time, I felt seriously unequipped about applying for jobs. I felt like I wasn't capable and I didn't have the necessary skills to apply for jobs. Also, I didn't know what jobs to look for since I didn't have an interest in anything. Ultimately, I decided that I'll do a Masters to improve my skills and to give myself more time to think about what to do and hopefully find something I will enjoy doing.

When choosing a Masters, I didn't have anything in mind. So what I did was go on a random UK university website, looked at all their Master courses, and selected the one that interests me the most, and that was Masters of Public Health. At the time of applying, I honestly thought Imperial wouldn't accept me, but I decided to try anyway since there's no harm. In fact, they gave me an offer and I was super happy!

In my previous post, I mentioned how I was quite anxious about studying and living in London. A big factor was the fact that I was going to study in Imperial, a world-renowned university, and wondering whether I'll be able to cope with the academic pressure. Another reason was the fact that my postgraduate study is very different to my undergraduate study...

Now that I have finished my induction week and starting my course, I'm enjoying the idea of living and studying in London more and more. Our course director told us that they received around 700 applications and how we were the selected few. This reassured me of my academic capability, since I was not chosen by luck, but rather by my ability and the potential they see in me. Contrary to before, I'm actually excited by the fact that my postgraduate study is very different to my undergraduate study. Living in London is amazing and the public health course is really interesting.

The best thing about being a Masters student is how you already know what university is like. Recently, I watched this video and one thing I found useful was how he said that 'you never find a place like university where everyone is willing to socialise'. Despite feeling really nervous and very awkward about making new friends, now I'm more willing to take that step than not at all.

To end this rather long post, here are some photos of the studio I'm living in right now :)

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

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