More about Belema
"I chose to study at Nottingham Trent University because of its highly ranked status among UK universities. I was also impressed with the opportunities that are available to international students here.
"The UK is a wonderful country and Nottingham is an amazing city with lots of friendly and helpful people. There are lots of opportunities for international students like me. I have had a lot of support and the quality of teaching is of a very high standard.
"I heard about the School of Social Sciences Master's Scholarships Scheme from the School of Social Sciences. After I was accepted on the course, I received an email from the School informing me of the scholarship scheme.
"I was awarded two scholarships, the International Students' Scholarship and the School of Social Sciences' Scholarship. Although I am only allowed to keep one of them I feel proud that I was awarded them. Receiving this scholarship has greatly reduced the fee burden on my family. With the reduced fee I get to become a public health practitioner with the support from the University. Being a master's student at NTU is my greatest achievement so far and I look forward to the day I get awarded my degree.
"I applied to three universities to do my Master's in Public Health and I got accepted into all three. At first I was overwhelmed and wasn't sure which of the three universities to pick. But then I decided to look into each school, their accreditation, support for international students and the methods of teaching. I realised that NTU stood out and it was easy for me to make my decision.
"What attracted me to Public Health at NTU is the manner in which the course is taught. We have classes and independent study that allows me to do more study on my own and in that way, develop research skills. The MA Public Health course at NTU is grouped under the social sciences. Here, the modules for the course are not just biomedical but also consist of the social determinants of health. I am going to have a more rounded knowledge in the field compared to someone who only has biomedical knowledge of the course.
"I use the library a lot. I study on the City site so I use the Boots Library. I do a lot of independent study and research, and the library is where I get access to books, journals and articles. I can also get off campus access but staying in the library is very motivating and I get more work done there. As a student ambassador, I have also received training that will help me to communicate with other students and increase my confidence levels as well as broadening my knowledge and experience.
"I was not exactly sure of what I wanted to do after my programme, but now I am empowered. I have information about what I could do, like doing a professional doctorate or being a public health practitioner. My advice for future students would be to have a positive attitude towards learning. Many people do not know that public health has a basis in the social sciences, but when they come on the course, they'll be very glad they did!"