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2013

Graduation stories - from a small tropical island to Dundee

21 August 2013

When Mohajeet Balveer Bhukory left Mauritius for Dundee four years ago, he had never experienced cold weather before, and had only spoken English a few hours a week during English lessons at school. However, having just graduated as a registered Biomedical Scientist, these things clearly didn't hold him back! Here he tells us about his time at Abertay, why he chose to study here, and what he's got planned for the future.

"Coming from a small tropical island to Dundee to study at Abertay was a powerful experience that not only gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful people, but also opened so many doors to a bright future for me.

"I enrolled at the University on a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (Integrated) course and after two years of study, the university gave me the chance to go on NHS laboratory placements, complete my registration portfolio and graduate as a registered Biomedical Scientist, giving me an edge in the job market.

"With the support of my academic tutor Kevin Smith, placement manager Gayl Wall, and laboratory manager, I have now secured a PhD position at Queen's University Belfast in age-related macular degeneration. Although I am sad to leave the extraordinary friendships I have made in Dundee, I am very excited to start my next life adventure.

"When I came to Dundee, it was a big change for me. Travelling from Glasgow to Dundee took more time than travelling from one side of Mauritius to the other and, although Mauritius is a fast developing country, the UK seemed like a whole new world to me.

"French and Creole being the two main languages in Mauritius, I had only spoken English a few hours a week in English classes at school. The thought of communicating with people in what was only my third language was quite frightening. I still remember my first conversation with a Dundonian - I only understood a few words and the rest was guess work!

"The Dundonian accent wasn't the most difficult one to understand though - coming to Abertay, I was exposed to accents from all over the UK and all over the world. Although I initially thought the Irish accent was the hardest to understand, I can now easily understand most of it!

"Even after having completed a challenging course, I still think the biggest challenge I met here was the weather. From the tropical sun to being ankle deep in snow was a limb-numbing, but exciting, experience. I had only seen snow in movies before coming to the UK and my first snow fight and building my first snowman are some of the best memories I have of Dundee. The warm people of Dundee make up for the cold weather.

"I have always received great support from Abertay both academically and financially. They have always acknowledged and rewarded my efforts, giving me the Ede & Ravenscroft award after my 1st year, a placement opportunity after the 2nd, and the Abertay University Overseas Scholarship 2012 after the third year, which covered the cost of the fees for my Honours year.

"I have met some of the most wonderful people and have made amazing friends during my time in Dundee. I would definitely recommend the city as a place to study for international students, and am confident they will receive the warmest welcome and will always feel at home."

We wish Balveer the best of luck with his PhD.

If you would like to follow in his footsteps and study Contemporary Sciences at Abertay, please visit our course pages: http://www.abertay.ac.uk/studentlife/schools/set/courselist/

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