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Subham Kumar Paul
I didn’t ever feel like a postgraduate student. Mingling with students from various career streams and education levels in clubs and societies made me feel an undergraduate fresher. It is warm and friendly only if you are not afraid to take the first step.

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About you...

What degree did you take at undergraduate level and where did you study?

I did my Bachelors in Clinical Psychology from Amity University Mumbai.

Did you take a break in between your undergraduate degree and the postgraduate degree? If so, what did you do in this study break?

I did take a break because of COVID. The time was conducive for me to invest in my inner wellbeing and gather tools and technologies to do the same.

Why did you want to undertake a postgraduate degree, and do you think it has benefitted your career aspirations?

I wanted to add my prowess in the field of mental health and wellbeing and this course catered to my expectations. It has given me a holistic perspective on the contemporary needs of mental health and what needs to be done to have the maximum effect on human wellbeing.

Why NTU...

Why did you choose NTU and your course?

The modules of the course were in alignment with what I wanted to study further and NTU was the only university which provided it. Hence, NTU.

Could you describe your experience of being a Postgraduate NTU student?

Studying at NTU, I didn’t ever feel like a postgraduate student. Mingling with students from various career streams and education levels in clubs and societies made me feel an undergraduate fresher. It is warm and friendly only if you are not afraid to take the first step.

How would you describe the support from your tutors, university staff and student services?

The staff are warm and very supportive and the same can be proclaimed about the student services. I must say, I have exploited them from head to toe and every time they were more than willing to help me.

Outside of the Lecture Theatre...

What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?

Serene, student-friendly,nightlife.

Where is a good place to eat, drink or visit in the city?

The City centre has all kinds of shops and restaurants. You can also find several of them in the Victoria Centre. Being an Indian, of course, Tamatanga, Dosa and Chutney. If I wanted to eat vegetarian which is also cheap,  Taco Bell is my go-to place. Nottingham Castle is worth a view and how can you forget Mr Robinhood, just waiting to pierce his target?

Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?

Definitely. I did say, you can make friends here easily if you get out of your comfort zone and are the first to start a conversation. If you don’t understand anything, ask. Believe me, it will solve more than half of your problems and mental panic that one goes through.

The Next Steps...

Has the employability team helped you plan for life beyond NTU as a postgraduate student?

The guidance from the employability team has provided me with much clarity about what needs to be done to secure a job after graduation.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of applying to a postgraduate course at NTU?

If you are opportunistic, come here. NTU has loads to offer. They sometimes spoon feed you with opportunities, but it is you who needs to take that one step which separates a possibility from reality.

What is one thing you wish you knew before starting at NTU as a postgraduate student?

Time Management.

As an International Student...

Why did you want to study in the UK?

One word, culture. UK has a culture different to India. I wanted to experience it and also know the mechanics of the education system and what's better than doing it by being a student myself.

What experiences have you had as an international student at NTU?

People are not so different as they seem to be. To ease the anxiety, globalisation has made us one big family. The perspectives are evolving and people want to know each other, the only thing, they want the other to approach them first. Be that first and your life will all be sorted here.

What advice would you give to help new international students get settled in at university?
Take a local SIM card, open a local bank account asap. Make yourself familiar with Outlook and other Microsoft Office apps. Join clubs and societies. Take academic writing courses that are provided and the most important thing, ASK...

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