How my decision to move forward with UK higher education in 2020 worked for me

After graduating from Delhi Public School, Dwarka in 2020, I was not sure how to proceed with my studies as Covid-19 had such a negative impact on the education system. My dilemma, whether to continue my studies online or take a break, could have suspended my studies indefinitely.

But since I had already decided to study abroad, I began to look for ways to follow the path I had imagined. After extensive research, I felt that the UK and especially London, a place that I see as full of opportunity, was my calling.

Why I chose to study in UK

Coming from a business background, I wanted to take a program that would allow me to learn both accounting and management and I found one that offered just that, at Queen Mary University in London.

But initially, due to the pandemic, I wasn’t sure if I should go, especially since it meant I had to start my college education online and continue it indefinitely.

Then I spoke to some of my elders, and they hinted that the career and the service in general was amazing and I should think about it. So eventually I applied and entered the programs, with a partial scholarship, valid for this year only.

It was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up, and I’m happy that I decided to start last year and not waste time thinking about vague possibilities.

So, I am currently in the process of pursuing a BSc Hons. in Accounting and Management, where most of my first year learning took place online, and then I finally left home to join the on-campus program in February.

The online learning experience

I think as an international student I had a lot of advantages to starting the online course as I could start my course from the comfort of my home which made my transition from student to student graduate, relatively easy.

Although it took a little while for me to adjust to the internet as the primary medium for social interactions with my classmates and professors, the university hosted a virtual “ cool ” event. with cultural and leisure companies, which have helped people in the same scenario, relate.

Speaking of online training, I think it was all very well planned as all classes were on a set schedule and there was enough time set aside for resolution of queries for all students.

The faculty was always available to answer our doubts and they kept things flexible for the students as so many of us came from other countries. In case the students faced any inconvenience, they had the option of moving the lots.

There were opportunities to register for online courses and the career services were also working incredibly well online.

With so much going on at the same time, I feel like I was able to seize more opportunities and juggle them better from the comfort of my home, which would have been a bit difficult if I had been on campus.

University support

UK universities take mental health very seriously and at the very start of the program I received an email from the university stating that they understood how difficult it was for me as an international student to do the transition.

To help me cope with the stress, they extended their support in the form of wellness classes and a team of personal counselors who I could contact and discuss any issues or concerns.

My university also assigned me an alumnus as a mentor and who began to guide me to future prospects, in case I decide to do a masters degree or work.

Ease of learning in the UK

UK universities have set up counseling and immigration services that communicate the rules and changes to students regarding the current Covid situation and the pandemic.

Students receive direct updates from the principal via email every week on things that might affect overseas travel. Under the current circumstances, universities are quite flexible in terms of the visa process.

Even the application process has been made very simple. UCAS listed the application processes in one place and universities gave enough weight and flexibility to the applications as in many countries including India the results were delayed.

I personally think the learning from the experience has been great and there are more learning resources available online. Students who wish to study abroad should not be skeptical about starting their college life online.

– Article by Diya Singh, BSc student in Accounting and Management at Queen Mary University of London

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