Who are you and where are you from? As well as your nationality, please tell us which city, town or province/state you’re from too
Hi, my name is Crystal Jia Yee Foo from Malaysia. I was born in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of the state of Sabah, East Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is more popularly known as KK in Malaysia and internationally.
What course are you studying?
I am studying Master of Chiropractic and am currently in year 3. I will be completing my course in 2016.
How did you find out about the University of South Wales?
I first learned about the University through a friend who was then studying a similar course in the United Kingdom.
With determination to further my studies abroad, I approached our local education agency which recommended me to apply for a course in the said university as my first choice.
Why did you choose to study here?
The University of South Wales has offered me the exact course I wish to study as well as providing a campus lifestyle with good facilities. As a foreign student, I was also given the opportunity in the university to explore various cultures with different races from all around the world.
About the University of South Wales
Tell us about the course you are studying and how you find the lectures?
I am pursuing a Master of Chiropractic and I am currently in year 3. I find that lectures are very challenging yet interesting at the same time. We cover a lot of human anatomy, physiology and pathology in order to have an in depth understanding of how a normal human would function. We visited the cadaver lab which was a true eye opener for us to see human bodies’ close-up. I never knew that this course would be so demanding yet it is definitely worth the effort with so much knowledge and education for me to achieve at the end of the year.
Tell us a bit more about studying at the University, what is it like?
The lecturers are really helpful and approachable. They go into details with each and every lecture and even go the extra mile to provide as much information as possible in accordance with the slides. The library has ample facilities and useful resources. My course mates are encouraging and are always prepared to share their learning experiences.
Did you attend the International Welcome Week? If you did, would you recommend it to new students
No, I did not attend the International Welcome Week. However, I have received a lot of positive feedback from friends whom have attended and they had a lot of fun. For this, I will strongly recommend the welcome week to new students.
What are the facilities like at the University?
The gym offers great sporting equipment and instructional courses such as yoga, pilates, kick boxing, archery, rock climbing etc. The student resource center (library) offers a great selection of books, online journals and information with helpful staff all around. It also provides multiple study areas where I can use the University’s computers and printing services with a small fee. The University also offers great student support services.
What have you enjoyed the most (Lecture, project, trip, particular moment etc)?
What I really like about studying here is having the opportunity to communicate with people from different countries. It has been an eye opener for me to learn about the different food they eat, the different languages they speak and also secretly trying to guess where they’re from based on their accent. Living in Cardiff also allows me to travel around Europe during the holidays.
About the studying in the UK
What’s the most useful thing you have learnt?
I have learnt to be more independent and to be willing to step out my comfort zone. Living far away from home is not easy, but I grow with it. For example, I get to start managing my own financial expenses as well as learning how to plan my day to day schedule better.
What is the biggest difference between life in the UK and back home?
I would say the weather definitely! It rains so much here and it’s far colder than I expected, especially during winter.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?
Wear more clothes? Haha joking aside, I think they need to prepare themselves mentally (and physically) for a journey that will be difficult but meaningful. They need to be prepared to step out of their comfort zone and enjoy the experiences that comes with it. I miss home, but I really enjoy the life here as well. I’ve made so many great friends and I never regret the decision to study in the UK.
Life outside the University
What do you do in your spare time? Have you joined any sports or social clubs?
To be frank, I spend most of my time studying. That aside, I hang out a lot with my friends. We would go for a meal somewhere in Cardiff, or go for a movie in the local cinema. I haven’t joined any sports or social club due to the nature of my course but perhaps this is something I can look to do before graduating.
What has been the social highlight or highlights?
My friends and I have a lot of dinner nights together. We would come together and make food, and it’s really nice and comforting.
Some general questions
How have you surprised yourself? For example, did you turn out to be really good at something you didn’t expect to be?
I never really cook back home but ever since I came here, I was kind of forced to make food. I was really surprised at how they turn out to be more than edible (sometimes) and I really enjoy cooking now!
What moment will you never forget?
I will never forget when I went on an 11 day trip to Italy. My friend and I planned the trip ourselves and it was well worth the effort. We visited Rome, Venice and Florence. It was amazing! The food was indescribably good, the scenery breathtaking and the people really friendly.
Tell us something that you think would be useful for prospective students to know?
Going to study overseas might sound scary to some, but I would highly recommend you to embrace change and enjoy the challenges that lie ahead. Chiropractic is a difficult course no doubt, but you get to help a lot of people with musculoskeletal problems once you graduate!
What will you miss the most about University when your course finishes?
Definitely my friends.
What has University taught you?
To be strong when you think you’re not.
What are your aspirations? What would you like to do when you finish your studies?
I hope to continue studying, for now I have animal chiropractic or acupuncture in my mind. But at the same time, I hope to also get a job as a chiropractor in the UK.