Brian Flores, BSc Business and Management, Mexico
I really like the sense of community that we have in Aston, the fact that you can get involved in almost any activity of your interest reflects the diversity you find around campus.
Aston University gives me a feeling of independence combined with responsibility that I do not find at home. I think that you grow as a person as well, since you have to deal with so many things by yourself, that you must overcome them, and proving to yourself that you can handle it, gives you confidence that will be of great use in life.
I was involved in the Swimming and Water Polo team, which managed to get into the semi-finals of the BUCS tournament for the first time in Aston University history. Being part of a really close team, and getting to know so many people because of that is something that I will always take with me. I also tried volleyball and ball room dancing.
I’ve really seized the opportunity my first time in Europe has given me! I got to travel around Paris, Rome and Edinburgh. Inside England I’ve been to Sheffield, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, and of course London.
Harbir Mahoon, MPharm (Graduated July 2010), Canada
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There is a great student life here and as an international student I took part in the international freshers’ week which was great! When we first started, the Pharmacy department arranged its own tour for all the new students round the labs and facilities .
I am now going to do my pre-registration year with Boots in Northfields before returning to Canada.
I have relatives in Birmingham and knew that Aston was a good university. We’re on a small campus which creates a really friendly environment. It is easy to keep in touch with your friends. It’s a very sociable city, there are three universities so you get to meet students from other universities.
Najat Abu-Hamileh, MPharm, Canada
Aston has quite a high profile in Canada so an MPharm from Aston will open doors for me back home. It has also given me plenty of practical experience. The Aston MPharm includes lots of hospital visits quite early on in the programme so that helped me decide between Hospital or Community Pharmacy as a career choice. I want to return home to Canada after graduation where I would like to focus on a career in Hospital Pharmacy initially and perhaps return to do a PhD at a later stage.
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