American Public Health MSc student Anthea Ojadi discusses her experience of moving to London to pursue her studies at London Met.
How was your transition moving from the USA to the UK?
Coming from the US to the UK might seem like the biggest culture shock, but it was actually a smooth transition for me! I have been to the UK before and I even have family here, so moving to London was the best decision for me.
What would you say to a student who is thinking about relocating to London?
If anyone is feeling doubtful about moving over here, London is such a lively city with so much to do. You will definitely find your niche. London Met itself is a great university with such a diverse culture and professors who are dedicated to helping students succeed in every way. Of course, as a master’s student, a lot of our learning is a mix of independent studies and group work, so it is important to utilise every resource available if you want to succeed. You can do it!
What do you like most about your course?
What I love about the Public Health MSc is the diversity of its students. I have classmates and friends from an array of European countries. The program does not only focus on the healthcare system of the United Kingdom but draws from other systems as well, allowing me to receive a holistic education. London Met also does its best to keep students engaged through various programs and activities. There is always something to look forward to.
What has your experience been like to live in London?
I have loved every moment of my time in London so much that I often forget my time here will soon come to an end. As I said before, London is such a lively city. There are a plethora of events happening Monday through Sunday -- it is quite impossible for one to get bored here.
London is a wonderful connection to other parts of Europe; travelling is so much easier than you would think. Since starting my course I have visited five countries. As my fellow Americans know, traveling to a different country from the US requires months of planning and expenses that sometimes seem out of reach. The fact that I could go and come back from Paris in one weekend for under $100 is mind blowing!
The people of London are also quite friendly and if they hear an American accent, odds are they will start a conversation with you (it's the perfect way to meet strangers who could easily become friends). All in all, London is an amazing city and an experience I feel everyone should have. I've travelled the world, eaten enough food to gain probably 30 pounds and met some of the most amazing people. You will love every moment of it, I promise!
"Coming from the US to the UK might seem like the biggest culture shock, but it was actually a smooth transition for me! If anyone is feeling doubtful about moving over here, London is such a lively city with so much to do. You will definitely find your niche."