Rather than reading my diary out loud for you this time, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about one of the greatest things about studying in Manchester: Meeting people from different parts of the world and experiencing their cultures. Back home in Sweden, I have a lot of friends with different nationalities, but most of them have been integrated into the Swedish systems, culture and have most likely got all their furniture from IKEA. I believe coming to any University in the UK would include meeting people from other cultures, but the University of Manchester has probably got one of the most diverse student populations in the country; less than half of the Undergraduate students (47%) are from the UK, 19% are from another EU-country, 32% consists of students from Asia, and the rest are from countries all over the world.
I could make a list of all the different foreign dishes I have had since coming here. Just the other week some Koreans from my course invited me over for Korean BBQ – the food was amazing! They also introduced me to an alcoholic drink that tasted like a mix of beer and milk (it tasted better than it sounds!). I have also tried Iranian food that my course mate cooked for me. It was a dish called ‘Ghorme Sabzi’ and it was delicious. Both Curry Mile (a long strip with restaurants) and China Town offer a wide range of different restaurants national dishes from other countries. Even though food is the best thing in life, I have also enjoyed other cultures in other ways, such as attending events arranged by different societies.
The opportunities of learning another language are many, and it is indeed possible to do this whilst doing your degree. My goal is to learn Mandarin before I graduate to increase my possibilities on the job market, and two of my flatmates have promised to assist me with private tutoring (who needs Rosetta Stone?). Next year I am living with three people from different nationalities: Nigeria/America, Hong Kong and Pakistan. Even though our kitchen will have an intimidating odour because of all the different flavours in cooking, I hope to pick up a lot of different things about their cultures.
Whether people are open to new cultures of if they prefer sticking with people from their countries, Manchester offers both. I would recommend anyone who is planning on studying here to be willing to absorb new cultures. I mean, who would have thought that a sachet of Bulgarian medicine would cure my fever quicker than two packs of Lemsip? A wide range of different people are gathered in the same University with the aim to get a first class education and to enjoy their time whilst being here. Regardless of what food we have eaten, what drinks we have had or what languages we speak, at the end of the day we are all the same when we shuffle to LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’.
Notice: Exam results were released last Friday. Three 1:1 and two 2:1 out of five exams!
Notice 2: Still working on getting an internship with RBS and Barcap. Stay tuned.