Hello! I’m Anna, the Student Ambassador for North America. I am a second-year undergraduate student studying Geography in the School of Environmental Sciences.
I am lucky to have had a very 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, waking up to the scuttle of a lizard on my windowsill and falling asleep to the distant howling of coyotes, the heat was just too much for me. So I packed my bags for Norwich, which is almost the polar opposite.
Norwich is a quaint little medieval city surrounded by the 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 cute cafes. It feels so much closer and more community-oriented than the wide roads, fast cars, and sprawling shopping centres 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 International 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 International 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. So many students join a completely new sport when they come to UEA, so 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 the time when I came to university 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.
I study BA International Development, and I am always impressed by the faculty and staff at the school. Not only do they come from all over the world, but they have the widest range of interests and specializations. I can find almost anyone who shares my interest in something, no matter how niche. Beyond that, they are also deeply passionate and caring about the field, and by extension, us students. I feel so supported by them as well as inspired, and every day that I study development at UEA, I only become more certain that this is the career path for me.
During my three years at UEA, I have been part of the gymnastics, climbing and baseball & softball clubs. As a first year, I hadn’t competed gymnastics in nearly six years, but I quickly found friends among the most elite gymnasts and absolute beginners. As for climbing, I had never touched the sport before in my life, yet it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at UEA thus far. I am so grateful to the climbing club for both the outdoor adventures and friendships I owe to it. This year, I decided to throw myself into baseball & softball (being American and all), and I couldn't be happier! Playing in English weather and sliding into bases through the mud only makes it all the more fun!
The advice that I’d give to anyone who considers studying at UEA is work hard on your degree but hang loose too! UEA is such an open, happy and easy-going place to be, so don’t be afraid to try a new sport, join a crazy society, explore the city and countryside, go to the beach or just relax every now and then. Make a home in Norwich, but at the same time, make the most of being abroad, especially if you’re an international student. Three years goes by in a flash, so take every opportunity you get to travel, whether it’s around the UK or the rest of Europe. Don’t think of the idea of studying abroad as a risk but rather an opportunity!
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