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Student profile: Ankita Goyal

Name: Ankita Goyal

Course: MBA Finance

Hometown/Country: India

Why is Bangor University a good choice for the course you are studying?

Bangor Business School is highly ranked and there are very few universities that offer a January intake. The overall ratings of the university were good too, it was recognised for its accommodation, student satisfaction, clubs and societies. The facilities you get here are amazing and I got an opportunity to learn Spanish without any extra cost to me. The infrastructure gives you a vintage feel and basically the whole town is the university and you get the campus vibe everywhere and it is amazing!

Tell us what you like about academic teaching quality at Bangor University?

I like that we have a friendly atmosphere not only in the classroom, but everywhere really. All of our professors are so highly qualified but in the classroom you don’t feel that gap. One of my professors was the Dean of the College and has published numerous books on banking and he was still really approachable. All of the professors have published articles and/or books and still I did not hesitate in contacting any of the professors ever. I had enough time for my studies, for my extra-curricular activities, for everything really! I don’t think I could have done as much if I were anywhere else.

What is the social life like in Bangor? Are you involved in any societies or sports teams? How easy it is to make friends here?

The social life here is effortless, you can make friends instantly because it is a university city and most of the population consists of students. The locals are also very friendly as well, I have rarely encountered people who weren’t friendly. I am a part of the Photography Society and I got to visit many places with them like Aber falls, Chester Zoo and a photography club in another city and I made some amazing friends through the society. I was also a part of the Indian Society which made me feel like I was home, I liked it so much that I applied for a committee role in the second semester and became the secretary of the society. I was also on the committee of the Business Society and I was also part of the Art Society where I got to exhibit my art work and even sell it for a charity event. I also played badminton for a while, tried the Poker Society, Basketball Club and the Dance Society, all of which I enjoyed. I made friends in the classroom, through clubs and societies, campus life events, SU events, everywhere really!

Your experience of living in university accommodation OR private accommodation?

I have lived in both private and university halls during my time here. While in university accommodation we had free gym membership, computer rooms, printer, common rooms and we even had a tv. It was very convenient as it was centrally located and most of my classes were 5 minutes away. The cost of living was good as well and being an international student moving for the first time, the university halls are a really good option. The distance of both my private and university accommodation was really close to campus, in Bangor nothing is too far away and you can walk everywhere if you need to.

What do you think about Bangor and the surrounding area?

Bangor is exceptionally beautiful, it's a good place to visit but when you live here, its something else! The pier, Snowdonia National Park, castles, mountains, it has everything! I couldn’t have asked for a better place to live in, it's an amazing location.

Any experience with the free support services available to international students at Bangor University?

I used the free support services on offer quite a lot. I used the airport pick-up service when I first arrived in the UK, they had volunteers and international student ambassadors helping us with our luggage and helping us to move in to our halls as well. They also gave us a welcome pack with mobile phone sim cards, an introduction to the city, do's and dont's, the trips we can plan etc. I also got my National Insurance number from there and received help with issues regarding my visa. They have so many services plus they are prompt and it is free to use so I appreciate the effort that they make. They also helped me with a personal issue from one of my trips to Europe, its amazing that they are so helpful! Everybody at the International Education Centre is!

Experience of getting part-time jobs in Bangor? How easy is it to get one?

Once I got out of my comfort zone I started working, I have worked at a local restaurant in Bethesda, an events company which organised races and adventure activities and then finally McDonalds. I also got some posts in the university, for example, Library ambassador, enterprise by design postgraduate facilitator and I was a DLHE telethon data entry member of staff. At the Christmas markets, I put up a stall where I put my canvases on sale and the result was amazing. I am also going for the Bangor Employability Award (BEA), I think it's an amazing initiative where your efforts and activities are recognised and you get them listed with your official transcripts. It also encourages you to engage in more activities in the university! There are also so many other opportunities available which are not paid but give you a window to learn. I was a course rep, a peer guide, facebook administrator for prospective students and also campaigned for a post in the SU. I was also a student switch off ambassador which was a voluntary post but gave me a lot of experience. These are the things that give you valuable exposure to learn and experience new things. I also got to learn a new language for free. I would say Bangor is full of opportunities, and I kind of regret not coming here for my undergraduate studies!

How confident are you that Bangor university degree will help you in taking your career forward?

I am pretty confident. The journey here has been amazing and it is really tough to put it in words.

What is the highlight/best thing about being a student at Bangor?

The best thing about Bangor University is the opportunities you get here to grow, to not just become a better student but a better individual also. You meet people from all over the world. The cost of living is cheaper when compared to anywhere else also and the academic quality is brilliant as well. It has been the best experience of my life!