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Rand Nammas


Course studied: Chemistry Summer School

During my short stay in Nottingham, I have had a truly positive life-changing experience.

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During my short stay in Nottingham, I have had a truly positive life-changing experience. Often we hear that travel helps us understand our true self but rarely do we get the opportunity to put that philosophy to the test. I was fortunate enough to have had this opportunity and I can say that I’ve gained so much out of it on many different levels.

Let's start with my academic journey (it being the reason I was there after all) - before I left Jordan, I honestly did not know what to expect. I was a regular student with average grades in Jordan and even though I loved pharmacy, I just wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go with it.

At Nottingham Trent University I had the honor of meeting so many incredible professors who helped shine a light on the many paths that pharmacy can branch out into. I also had the opportunity to work in NTU’s greatly equipped labs and the thing I liked most on our lab days, is that the professors would act as guides ready to answer any questions. Although we had guidance, the staff allowed us to figure out the rest on our own, which gave us the freedom we needed to learn and grow.

For my final poster I worked independently on my project under the supervision of Dr Nigel Mould and it was a very rewarding experience. The project really helped me understand where I wanted to go with my career. The overall experience helped me fall back in love with learning and achieve an excellent final grade. I came away from NTU's chemistry summer school with a deep feeling of accomplishment and gratitude.

Aside from my amazing academic journey, people at first may keep to themselves and seem distant but all it takes, is a simple smile and friendly initiation, for that distance to immediately shrink. Engaging in friendly open conversations with all kinds of people helped me break down communication barriers and make friends.

In conclusion, my humble advice to anyone considering NTU's chemistry summer school programme, is to do these things in order to benefit fully from this opportunity:

  1. Don’t be afraid to take the lead, and don’t let anything hold you back from doing so. Pinpoint what you want to gain out of this and go for it.
  2. Make the best out of everything, you will come out with so much more than you thought.
  3. Be open to change, meet new people, build connections and sustain them, embrace different cultures and attitudes, and choose for it to have a positive impact on your personality.
  4. Last but not least, never underestimate yourself. You will achieve as much as you allow yourself to do so.

Thanks to everyone that made this a positive experience for me, and good luck to all future students!

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