But let’s start from the beginning. How did I end up in Swansea?
I was born in Genova and lived there all my life, but I have always loved to travel. During my last year of secondary school, I started thinking about what to do next. I knew I wanted to go to university, but I didn’t have a clear idea about what I would like to study – I loved English and I wanted to learn it as best as I could. I took a gap year and I moved to the UK as an au pair. It was great year for me and I realised that I wanted to live there. Sure, I was missing my family and delicious Italian food (and I still do), but I decided to find a way to stay. So, I talked to my host mum and she suggested I apply to university.
I started my application process, which turned out to be way easier than I thought: I even enjoyed writing my personal statement. While I was deciding which universities to apply to, my host mum suggested Swansea University and that’s when I first heard of it. I also attended a university fair for international students. Amongst all the people I talked to, the girl at the Swansea University’s stall was the nicest and happiest one there and I thought that she must have really enjoyed her time in Swansea. So, I started looking into Swansea more carefully. The course seemed great and the beach was so close and so beautiful.
Three years have gone by really rapidly, but I still remember everything as if it happened yesterday. I had great fun living in student halls: I met my best friends there -and my boyfriend – I made pizza and we had a pizza party (more than once!). I discovered my passion (or maybe obsession?) with karaoke and met people from all over the world. I had barbeques on the beach and fantastic strolls and runs in the park just next to the university. I explored the Gower and saw so many sunsets disappearing in the sea.
Swansea University is also great for providing its students with experiences. I have been working as a student ambassador for almost three years now, through which I’ve acquired some amazing skills for my CV. Because of my degree, I was given an opportunity to get a professional qualification accredited by Cambridge University to teach English as a foreign language, which allows me to have a great job over the summer and earn good money.
So, this is a brief summary of how I chose Swansea University and my time here!