Student Profile - Ocean Wong

BSc Nuclear Science and Materials
Home Country: Hong Kong

ocean-wiong-image"I studied at the University of Birmingham because it offers the course specific to nuclear science, a subject I have great interest developing in."  

Why did you apply to the University of Birmingham?

I studied at the University of Birmingham because it offers the course specific to nuclear science, a subject I have great interest developing in. It is also quite a prestigious university, so I have no reason not to apply to come here.

What is your favourite part of the course so far?

So far, I have not been disappointed. I find the course intellectually stimulating, especially on the physics side, where we model the universe mathematically (to a fairly high accuracy, in fact) using simple principles and assumptions as building blocks. This is by far the most entertaining part of my course.

What do you like to do when you are not in lectures or studying?

Outside of studying time, I like to explore the campus and the city (both are huge in comparison to what I’m used to). This is especially fun for me and my friends as traceurs. Also, despite the notorious “British food is horrible” stereotype, there is good food here, especially the desserts, so another hobby of mine is to try them (in reasonable amounts).

What advice would you give to new international students?

As an international student, here is some advice that I wish I had heard before coming: if you want to come here, just do it! Apply, and don’t worry too much. Yes, you will have a long to do list upon arrival, but once you sort out the “hard tasks” such as opening a bank account and getting your student card, the rest, the “soft tasks”, such as making friends, will come naturally. Lastly, get a bike.

What did you wish you had known before starting your studies here?

University is unlike high school where you have a text book. Here you have to make and more importantly, index, your own notes.

What are your plans for after you finish your course?

After finishing this Bachelors degree, I am planning to pursue a Masters degree in nuclear science.