Student Ambassador: Syed Aslam – Computer Science
I'm Syed Kaleem Aslam, from Pakistan and doing a PhD in Computer Science at Bangor University.
I heard about Bangor University from one of the international officers. What he told me about the University and the area it sounded interesting. I did further research into Bangor University and found out that Bangor is a good place to live with lots of beautiful places to visit around and the the University is ranked very highly in Wales and the UK. The ranking showed that University is improving its ranking every year.
The International Ambassador Scheme?
I wanted to become an ambassador because when you come to the university for the first time, you may have some problems in finding different offices and more than that your own traditional food shops. I want to help every single student to enjoy their time at Bangor University without feeling alone or homesick in a new city.
What is the most difficult thing about being an International Student?
Being an international student you have to deal with SAWFT:
S : Studies in a different style than your country.
A : Adopting new trends of learning and living.
W: Weather is always challenging in UK.
F : Food will be different from your own country.
T : Teaching styles are different which needs to be adopted asap.
Being a PhD student, it is a totally different experience for me from my previous studies. The best thing is I have to do self-studies which makes me feel free rather than pushed into studies.
Clubs and Societies
I play cricket for Bangor University Cricket Club and enjoyed my first year universities competition where I finished as the highest run scorer for my university. Beside that I am also part of badminton society and there are more than 200 different societies for nearly every single sport and different activities which are free to join anytime. These Societies and Clubs are great way to keep your mind fresh and enjoy your time at Bangor University beside your studies.
What social activities do you enjoy?
Hiking, Canoeing, Archery, Ice Skating, Pool, Table Tennis, Cricket, Badminton, Gym, Beach and visiting beautiful places around Bangor.
What's the best thing about living in Bangor?
Obviously everyone knows about the beautiful beaches, sea, sceneries and landscapes of Bangor. But the best thing is you don’t need to make a special plan to go to these beautiful places. Everything is around the corner so you don’t have to waste your whole day which helps you in your studies when you are fresh and have plenty of time.
What will you miss most about Bangor when you leave?
I don’t want to leave Bangor but if I have to, I will miss everything about Bangor especially the Pier, beaches, the friends I made at university, and societies I have been part of during my time in Bangor. I will miss everything I have seen and been to while studying at Bangor University.
Has the University been supportive during your time here?
Yes, throughout my studies at Bangor University whenever I needed help from my Tutor or any university staff. I found them very helpful and supportive, they helped as best as they can.
Advice for new students...
I will say they should come to visit the University on an Open Day or do some research about Bangor online. I am sure that you'll decide to come to Bangor in next few minutes!
What are your plans for the future?
I am looking forward to start my career as a lecturer after my PhD.