Udom Vuthy from Cambodia discusses his experience of studying the Education MA course at London Met, made possible by his Chevening/London Met scholarship.
What did receiving this scholarship mean to you?
Receiving this scholarship is like becoming a pilot who owns a plane himself. It opens up a whole new world for me and countless opportunities to explore and learn.
What do you like best about your course?
I love how the course modules are strongly put together and aimed at sharpening my skill as a master's student as well as a future professional in my career. The lecturers are so experienced and supportive. My classmates are superb and come from various professional backgrounds, which helps to diversify my whole UK study experience.
Does anything surprise you about your course or London Met?
I was blown away by how vibrant the University is. The different cultures and nationalities at London Met make for a unique combination of wonderful colours. It didn't take long for me to feel as though I belong here (absolutely beautiful people).
What do you like about life in London?
It is my first time living and studying abroad. Everything is completely new to me and I am keen to learn as much as I can. Since my accommodation is one hour away from London Met, public transport is my best friend. Food was a big challenge for me at first. I had to deal with eating bread and jam for a week! Later on, I managed to get sufficient groceries and find good meat and vegetables. I almost could not believe how delicious the food could taste here. I finally fell in love with the food here on the third week.
Since I have so many questions, I often ask many people I encounter. To my surprise, they are nice and responsive. Being polite, they say "sorry" a lot and are prepared to make conversation on the bus about the weather or food. In brief, I think living in London is a never-ending learning place. Every day, I can find things to explore and I aspire to keep learning.
What are your career plans once you complete your course?
I would like to return to teaching at a university as a lecturer and run educational projects in Cambodia, mainly in English language teaching to primary school students. Possibly, if I have enough support and gain more experience, I will run a teacher training centre to help produce more educator resources and provide more development to my people.