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Dipanju Buragohain MSc Oceanography

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The university offers an excellent academic environment and help to students. The equality seen here is appreciative and the people are friendly. It was indeed a dream university for me.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Southampton?

I got to know about the University of Southampton through Academics. It is an institution with high reputation. It is one of the top 1% institution in the UK for its excellent academic environment. The city is the perfect blend of culture and diversity.

The university offers an excellent academic environment and help to students. The equality seen here is appreciative and the people are friendly. It was indeed a dream university for me.

What do you enjoy the most about living in Southampton or Winchester?

It is a great place to study. The city is just perfect in size and the warmth of the people makes it more special.

Have you undertaken any extracurricular activities? How have they enhanced your experience?

I love dancing, writing, blogging, playing badminton etc. There is very less leisure time during studies, but I do try to catch up on the things I find interesting from time to time.

I am part of the Archery club, Judo clubs etc. at the University. I have recently completed my very first grading in Judo.

What do you think you have gained from your degree that you wouldn’t have developed without it?

The course is extremely hard and at the same time it is joyous to learn multidisciplinary things which I am so passionate about. The key highlights are the practicals which is again a great learning experience.

What are you most proud of from your time at the University of Southampton so far? (This could be social or academic)

Meeting Prime Minister Theresa May, It was perfect and a very special experience. I have never met the Prime Minister in my own country or any minister in my own place to be precise. Being able to be near to the most important person in the UK itself, exchanging smiles speaks about the gravity of the situation. Probably I can never put it correctly into words, the feelings I had at that time. I was simply overwhelmed with joy and was beaming maybe.

What has been the hardest aspect of studying in another country? How has the University helped you overcome the challenges?

There was a bit of culture shock at first as I expected. But there wasn’t any fearful feeling. Everything was so different from what I experienced at the past. But there are more good things to say about than negative things for which I am again grateful, and I hope that the I could say the same in future as well.

The most interesting thing is that I am learning things that I have never done in my life including the course itself. Everything is so new that every experience is unique and special to me and I sort of cannot differentiate.

How have the people you have met at Southampton changed your life?

The interesting thing would be that there is less eve-teasing, less bullying and less racism which I faced previously in my life and which effected my spirits. I hope to find such beautiful people more in the places I go to who accept people for what they really are.

What will you do with your degree after you have finished your studies?

I would want to pursue a research career in Earth, Ocean Science in future.

What is the name of the scholarship or bursary you have received?

STEM British Council Scholarship

How has the funding enhanced your experience as a student at the University of Southampton?

What was the impact of winning this scholarship on you and your family? I was over the moon for some time when I first got to know that I was selected. It gave me rays of hope that I needed in my life at that very time. My family is always supportive from the beginning in my thick and thins. They were celebrating my moments of joy with me.

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