Student profile: Chuen Chin-Ta
Name: Chuen Chin-Ta
Course: Criminology and Criminal Justice with Psychology
Why is Bangor University a good choice for the course you are studying?
Psychology was among the top 25 universities across the UK and that’s why I decided to come here. When I got here I realised that the accommodation was really good too. Those are the two main aspects that made me choose Bangor.
Tell us what you like about academic teaching quality at Bangor University?
I feel the lecturers over here are very friendly and they treat you as friends. When you have any problems the lecturers give you personal advice and they try and help you in every way.
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?
I am a part of three societies, the International Society, Social Sciences Society and the Psychology Society. For me, it was not at all tough to make friends as I made my first friend while collecting keys from the halls office. Its not hard to make friends especially because we are such a small community, you just literally go anywhere and say 'Hi, I need some help' and they will help you. I also like the library staff, they are very friendly.
Your experience of living in university accommodation OR private accommodation?
In year 1 I lived in university accommodation at the normal site and in semester 2 I moved to the Friddoedd site. Then in Year 2, I moved to Ty Willis, which is a private accommodation block, and I am currently still there. We used to have a shared kitchen where it was a close knit community and it was fun and even the wardens were really friendly. When I moved to the Friddoedd site I was really satisfied as the overall design was new and beautiful, the walls were sound proof and the toilets were really good and there were cleaners that came in every week. With regards to the private accommodation, they have great staff and they also treat you as friends. If you are a Year 1 student or are only here for a short period, I would suggest going for the university accommodation as that is where you will make friends quickly.
What do you think about Bangor and the surrounding area?
Bangor is definitely full of nature but one of the most amazing things I like about it is Snowdon which is nearby. If you visit it each month, you will get a different view every time, I have only taken 2 routes out of 5 so far. If you like scenery, then yes this will definitely be the place for you and it's a peaceful place for you to study. The coastal view is really nice, you can also go to puffin island where you can see the seals, you have Conwy castle and Beaumaris castle nearby.
Any experience with the free support services available to international students at Bangor University?
I needed help with my visa and the staff at the International Education Centre were really helpful. I even called them on skype and it was actually a really, really smooth process as they sorted everything out and kept reassuring me that everything will be fine and told me what to do.
Experience of getting part-time jobs in Bangor? How easy is it to get one?
You can sign up to prospects through the employability centre and get job notification emails, I actually found my part time job through there. I am currently doing some translations for a company called Kaya Technologies, they are really nice. I am also going for the Bangor Employability Award (BEA).
How confident are you that Bangor university degree will help you in taking your career forward?
Bangor has definitely helped me with my future already.
What is the highlight/best thing about being a student at Bangor?
You know everyone here, that’s the greatest thing. The best thing is about studying here, especially if you're studying Business or Psychology – everyone is your friend. Its just really, really friendly atmosphere.