Country: United Kingdom
Host Institution: University of Surrey
"I have completed my exchange at the University of Surrey, where I gained much love and improvement. The University of Surrey is at Guildford, a very gorgeous and peaceful town near London.
The University of Surrey has a relatively long history about its aerospace engineering. With the long-time development and good relationship with the Rolls Royce (the company with advanced technics about the turbine engine), a cooperate research centre is located in the University.
What inspired me a lot is the high requirement and challenging assignment I met at the University of Surrey. In the engineering orientation, the program leader said that engineering students should always aim for perfection, which guarantees 100% safety and high quality of your product. I agreed with it entirely and will try my best to meet the requirement.
Additionally, my favorite professor in the exchanging semester insists that we should fully understand the basic formula in our field as an engineer. Thus, the exam is without a formula sheet and more emphasizes comprehension. I have gratitude for the professor’s high standards and help, even though the learning process is much more challenging.
Life in a very typical British town is much different from that in Hong Kong. The living pace is relatively slow there, forcing you to truly immerse yourself in every minute of your life and challenge the time management skills. In Hong Kong, I am a person who never cooks in the hall. However, at the University of Surrey, I need to take care of myself and consider cooking dishes as most students do.
I got the accommodation of a single room with nine flatmates from eight countries. Most of us are coming to exchange from different universities worldwide, which makes the similarities and differences. The cultural variety always attracts me a lot. It is lucky for me to meet those who are willing to share and take care of each other. The time we spent together was memorable.
In conclusion, the exchange is a life-long beneficial experience for me."