Alexia Xanthaki

London Met graduate Alexia Xanthaki from Greece tells us about her experiences on the Pharmaceutical Science BSc and why London was her city of choice.

Why did you choose to study at London Met?

It is a diverse multinational university located in London, and the Superlab has an outstanding reputation.

What made you choose London / the UK in particular?

The weather (sarcasm)! As an individual studying abroad from Greece, I felt that remaining in Europe but still experiencing life in a different country – specifically the UK – would help me to practice my English and expand my opportunities later on in my career. The UK has an excellent reputation for their educational systems and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to become part of it. 

What are the facilities like here?

The Superlab is by far the best lab I have visited so far and a fair amount of lecture rooms are spacious and student-friendly.

Do you get to do much practical work or an industry placement on the course?

Large amounts of practical work!

What did you like best about your course?

My final year laboratory dissertation research project. The staff were also very helpful and supportive.

Did anything surprise you about your course or London Met? 

The amount of practical knowledge gained whilst given the opportunity to attend the laboratory frequently.

Were you in any clubs/societies here? 

I was part of the volleyball team where I was team captain.

What do you like about life in London?

The diversity, freedom of movement and the fact that there is always something to do! 

What are your career plans?

I am currently doing my master’s at University College London (UCL) and looking towards a PhD opportunity as I want to progress into lecturing. Of course London Met has played a big part in my decision to expand my knowledge further and has helped me realise what career I want to pursue and where I want to be.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your time at London Met?

London Met offered me numerous opportunities on different levels and has become a major part of my life experience on both an educational and personal level. I have made friends for life and I have met students and staff that I really value, and I will always appreciate their efforts to offer the best possible university experience anyone can have.