Hello! I’m Anna, the Student Ambassador for North America. I am a third-year undergraduate student studying Geography in the School of Environmental Sciences.

I am lucky to have had an adventurous upbringing and lived in many different countries as a child. While I was applying to university, I knew I wanted to continue doing this and move somewhere new. Previously, I lived in Tucson, Arizona. Although I love being surrounded by mountains, gazing at bright stars and vibrant sunsets, and waking up to the scuttle of a lizard on my windowsill, the heat was just too much for me. So I packed my bags for Norwich, of all places. 

Norwich is a quaint little medieval city surrounded by agricultural countryside and close to the coast. There are endless opportunities for weekend bike rides, day trips to the beach, local music gigs and study dates with your friends at cafes. It feels much more community-oriented than the wide roads, fast cars, and sprawling shopping centres that characterise my experience of the US. It’s also so easy to visit different parts of the UK from Norwich. London, for example, is less than 2 hours away via cheap train ticket. From there you can get pretty much anywhere!

Ambiance aside, a really important factor for me when making my decision about which university to choose was academics. My course allows me to take modules in both the School of Environmental Sciences and the School of Global Development*. Both of these departments are highly ranked, producing vital climate research and contributing to global efforts in combating inequality. The academic community at UEA is so vibrant, and I feel constantly challenged to question my assumptions. The faculty is also diverse, with many international lecturers especially in the School of Global Development*.

There is also so much to do at UEA aside from study! The sheer variety of societies and clubs that you can join is almost overwhelming. I always knew that I wanted to join Mountaineering Club because I love escaping to the mountains every now and then. What I did not expect is that I would learn to love Ultimate Frisbee, which I had barely even heard of before coming to UEA. Frisbee is the first team sport I’ve ever played, and it has taught me a lot about how to communicate with and rely on my friends and teammates in different ways. It is very common for students to join a completely new sport when they come to UEA. All the clubs are really welcoming and social, and can be as laid back or as intensive as you want!

Moving to any new place is bound to be a little intimidating at first, and COVID happening during my first year didn’t help. Despite this, I settled into Norwich very smoothly. There are lots of other international students here, and activities oriented towards different interests and identities. Sometimes it can be scary to put yourself out there, but as soon as you do, you’ll find the people and things that make your time here special.

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*As part of their 50th anniversary celebration in 2023, the School of International Development has changed its name to the School of Global Development.


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