What Our Students Say

Myra Cheuk Yan Tam

Myra Cheuk Yan Tam

MOccTh Occupational Therapy student from Hong Kong.

What attracted you to your course at RGU? 

I was interested in Occupational Therapy before I decided to enrol on the course. When my family decided to move to the UK, I researched for the universities which offered the course and I looked into the RGU MOccTh course website. The course website clearly stated the content of the 4-year course, the graduate prospects including the accreditation of the course and the student experience, I was reassured by them and understand more about the role of occupational therapists in the UK. Besides, I also found the course fee is affordable compared to the universities in the rest of the UK as an international student, this also influenced my decision to come to RGU as well.

Before coming to RGU, what was your expectation of it - and how has the reality been? 

As I was studying in a university in Hong Kong before, I expected RGU would be a well-equipped university with all the labs and rooms for study. To my surprise, RGU has all these wonderful modern buildings with large area of greenery along the River Dee, which are very attractive. The campus is equipped with different facilities and buildings are close to each other which makes the commute between classes handy. I appreciate how the Student Help Point, IT help desk, and the different services readily available to students, plus the personal tutor system my course has - this made my first few weeks of settling down to a new learning environment much easier.

What's the best thing about being an RGU student? 

The best thing about being an RGU student would probably be enjoying different events organised by societies, and the free gym membership. I met a lot of friends during these events, and we still hang out together. There is a range of clubs and societies to choose from, people are friendly in clubs and are willing to teach you when you don't have experience on a particular sports or culture. I absolutely enjoyed my time participating the activities and clubs gathering.

Describe your favourite memory of RGU so far? 

My favourite memory of RGU so far would be participating in the Fresher Fayre and the Volunteering Fair. I got to know more about the different societies and clubs available under the Students Union as a fresher, and volunteering opportunities in the community in the Volunteering Fair. The Fresher’s Fayre and the Freshers Week were enjoyable as there were so many events around the University before the start of the course, to immerse myself into the university community. It is also a great chance for me to know what I can help with in the community as I was new to here and would like to contribute to the student society.

Tell us about your most challenging/rewarding project/assignment/module. What did you like/ dislike about it and how has it helped you? 

My most challenging and rewarding course would be the Human Health and Occupation-1 course. The course content itself is like an introduction to how human occupation affects health and well-being. I enjoyed the class being interactive and conducted in group discussion format as this aided my learning of the topic, including getting support and learning from my peers. The course definitely shaped me into a more considerate person, to examine different aspects affecting human occupation and reflect on how to deliver a holistic person-centred practice.

What is your favourite way to spend your time when you are not studying? Why is that important to you? 

I absolutely love to spend time with my friends when I am not studying. I met some friends who also come from Hong Kong as well as made friends with some of my course mates. We hang out to explore around the city and some other places in Scotland like doing a day trip to St. Andrews, and meeting up to have a meal in the city. Our times together were great and a relaxing break from studying.

What would you say to someone considering studying at RGU? Any advice you would share? 

Don't be shy to reach out to the school staff or admissions team if you have enquiries about the course you are considering. They offer comprehensive advice on choosing the right course and especially what you need to prepare as an international student coming to the UK. And I do recommend the Open Days, as you will have a chance to visit and learn more about what the university offers in terms of courses and facilities -  there are a lot of decent souvenirs to be given out on the day as well.

What do you enjoy most about living in Aberdeen (city, food, people, entertainment, travel, etc.)? 

Aberdeen is a relatively cheap city to live in and is well connected with bus routes that bring people to the city centre. There are also a variety of groceries shops in the city centre and 3 shopping malls accommodating most fashion brands and retailers. People are nice and willing to help you if you have enquiries. I enjoy exploring Aberdeenshire with its many famous castles and farms to buy fresh farm produce.

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