I am an international student and I come from China. There are definitely culture shocks and difficulties in communication when I first arrived, but I was so grateful to have a pair of warm-hearted college parents who picked me up at the station at midnight and toured me around this unacquainted city. I enjoy the tutorial systemâ€”I learn more in depth and even have chances to challenge the tutor! Moreover, the friendly small college has a good location which is just in between the centre and the science departments.
I chose to study Materials Science as it covers a wide range of topics. I have learned a lot from the familiar electrochemistry to the mysterious Quantum mechanics; from the microstructure of a metal to how to cast an ingot industrially. The course also allows students to have hands-on experiences in addition to theoretical learning process. The highlight of practical I have done so far is the bubble rafts, which helps us to 'seeâ€ the defects and how they interact with each other by using a raft of bubbles we grew as a 2D model of a crystalline metal. I will not forget this small and warm department.