Forensic Science BSc graduate Emmanuel Egwu has had an amazing learning experience since he arrived here four years ago from his hometown of Abuja, Nigeria. Having lived in Nigeria all his life, the choice to come to the UK for higher education was for him, a life-changing and monumental decision which transformed his outlook on life and will no doubt shape his path for years to come.
What have you learnt since studying at London Met?
“Having lived in Nigeria since I was born, coming to the UK was the biggest step I have taken in my life and it has really exposed me to loads of things. It has made me realise that the world is so huge and full of many different people, races, cultures and ways of living.”
Emmanuel came to the UK for the first time at the age of 22. He started out on the International Foundation Programme and was so happy with the quality of teaching and supportive learning environment that he chose to stay on at London Met to study BSc Forensic Science. He was particularly impressed with the Science Lab which has fantastic learning equipment and facilities useful for his course. In his last year of his BSc, Emmanuel became involved in the Student Union and was voted in as International Student Officer representing the voice of international students in the University. Emmanuel’s appetite for studying abroad and expanding his horizons has not stopped with a Bachelor’s degree under his belt. Having recently graduated with a 2:1, his plan is to complete a master’s in the UK and then progress to a PhD in the United States.
Although Emmanuel loves living abroad, he loves his country even more and every time he lands in Abuja he feels an overwhelming feeling that he is home. As a naturally eloquent, well-liked person, Emmanuel really took to his post as International Student Officer and developed an interest in politics and making a difference for the better.
What do you hope to do in your career?
“I want to practise positive politics and not negative politics”.
Emmanuel's long-term goal is to move into politics and make a real difference to his home country, eradicating corruption and focusing the Government’s energy on building proper infrastructure for the people of Nigeria. He dreams of seeing Nigeria develop into a country like the UK, where all people have access to basic human rights such as clean water, food, sanitation and education.
What did you do outside of study?
"During my time as International Student Officer, it was important to me that our international students felt a sense of belonging and identification with the university and the Students' Union. Life in London is not all about studying, it’s also about meeting new people, making friends, networking, socialising and representing our nation, family, religion and tribe. Therefore, as an officer, I worked to help them achieve good academic grades and a fantastic university experience and student life here in the UK. This is something that I find very interesting because for me; that is central to whom I am.”