More about Afonso
I am from Cascais in Portugal and before I came to NTU I was studying at an international school. My parents had always wanted me to have the option of studying abroad which was why it was important for me to learn English from a young age. I chose to study in the UK as it is close enough to Portugal to be able to easily get home to visit family but still far enough away to have the study abroad experience. I had read a lot about Nottingham and learned that it was a great student city whilst still being quite small compared to many others. I also learned that NTU offered good courses in the Biomedical Sciences.
The best thing about my course was the hands on experience I got in the super lab at Clifton Campus because I actually got to apply the knowledge that I learned in the classroom. I would recommend the course to people because not only is it accredited but the job prospects are really good. The course is also really flexible, allowing you to change your pathway during the first year if you realise your interests lie in a slightly different field.
When I arrived I got involved in everything I could during Welcome Week. I have always played Volleyball so I joined this society and eventually became society president. During your first few weeks you get to meet so many people and the Freshers Reps also help with this, and having such good reps made me want to be a rep during my second year.
I have had lots of roles in the Students Union (SU) over the years and have helped to organise events such as ‘Trent Nation’ which is a big event that brings together UK and international students to help them meet even more people from around the world. I was also International Students Officer and eventually got my graduate role as Vice President Activities. The SU are a big presence in your student journey and I always wished I’d got involved earlier so my advice would be to do as much as you can during your first few weeks! Through my roles in the SU I have realised that I am definitely a people person. I love to lead projects and see my ideas through and so I’d like to go on to work in PR and events management.
For any Portuguese or international students thinking of coming to NTU I would say that there is such a nice campus feel that you won’t feel like you are in a city, yet you have access to all of the things a student city has. Lots of places offer discounts to students so it always worth asking and you may save yourself some money! At NTU there are so many different societies to join, including international societies and there is such a good balance of students that you are able to make friends with lots of UK students and really get an English experience.