Like any other foreign student, I was nervous, and didn’t know what to expect at first. However, when I got to campus, the feelings of nervousness and fear were replaced by feelings of joy and excitement. I suddenly realised coming to study at Essex was the best decision I ever made. Everything from the infrastructure, students, teachers and cheerful environment made me feel welcome. I ended up taking part in no less than three societies (Catholic, Latin American and yoga and meditation society), which not only provided me with incredible memories, but also gave me friends for life. I ended up being an executive in the Catholic Society, which helped me improve my leadership and communication skills. Furthermore, I frequently attended the Essex sport centre to shake off the stress of everyday tasks and exams. The SU Bar became my favourite place for, believe or not, doing my homework and studying. At Essex, you have something productive to do every single day: whether is hanging out with people from all over the world and going with them to all sorts of recreational or cultural events, or learning new languages (German and Polish, in my case). As a person from a small country with little contact with international cultures, it was an amazing opportunity to get to know great friends from countries I had just known from movies or pictures such as Greece, Poland, Iran, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and the list goes on and on.
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