"Everyone is so patient and understanding, you feel at home"
Kimberley George on finding her way around Liverpool John Moores University.
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is a public university located in Liverpool, England in the UK. With a student population of over 20,000, there are over 100 different countries represented on campus. The city of Liverpool is one of the most affordable and safest in the UK and there is always plenty of entertainment at the university and around town to keep students busy after their lessons. The university offers students an excellent research framework and high quality education and satisfaction scores reach impressive heights every year.
SchoolApply interviewed Kimberley George, a recent graduate of LJMU, to find out about her experiences at this university.
LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
Location: Liverpool, England (UK)
Student Name: Kimberley George
My favorite class would have to be “Trauma and Taphonomy Analysis” because the professor who taught the class was so charismatic.
Favorite school event:
We took a trip to the criminal courts in London and that was sensational. Not only was it an eye-opening experience, it was also hands-on as we got to witness actual cases being held in court.
Five words to describe Liverpool John Moores University: Incredible, Humble, Experienced, Trustworthy and Unique
Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Kimberley, I'm 24 years old and have recently completed my Master’s Degree at LJMU. I am Indian but I have been raised in Dubai, UAE. I moved to the UAE when I was about four years old and lived there ever since. All of my schooling was done in Dubai; I even pursued my Bachelor’s Degree here.
What were your school experiences like before university?
My school experiences were rather ordinary, high school was filled with drama but nothing too crazy. I remember having a really tough time deciding which subjects I wanted to take. I initially decided on sciences, but found the classes rather overwhelming so I decided to change to commerce, but quickly realized these classes were not my cup of tea. I then switched back to sciences again and this time I was 100% sure of my decision. The way I saw it was, I would rather do something I love even if I find it challenging and tough than do something I hate and be good at it. I really wanted to be a medical doctor but there were quite a few challenges I had to face (mostly financial), but I knew I was passionate about science. I did a lot of research and I was instantly drawn to the subject of forensics and decided to learn more.
How did you hear about LJMU and what made you decide to study in the UK?
Well, if I’m being completely honest, I have always wanted to study in the UK. It’s sort of been a childhood dream of mine – partly inspired by Harry Potter, but mostly for the country’s excellent education system. Growing up in a hot climate, I have also always wanted to experience living in a cold country (and believe me, I now actually really love the cold). So, when it came time to decide where I should complete my Master’s Degree, the UK was #1 on my list.
After deciding the country where I wanted to study, I had to decide on the school. I tackled this by first looking at course content/modules and then university rankings. I knew exactly what subjects I was looking for, thereby making the search easy, as forensics is a very niche subject area. I narrowed it down to three universities in the UK and selected LJMU because the course content matched most with what I wanted to study and I found the admission staff very responsive to the several emails I sent with all my queries.
Did you have any problems adjusting to life in a new country and university?
I didn’t really face any problems adjusting to a new city or university because I really enjoy discovering new places. I love learning about the history of a city and exploring its hidden wonders. I find meeting new people from around the world really exciting because I love hearing about their cultures, traditions and personal experiences. The only thing I found a bit strange about the UK was drinking water from the tap and paying for carry-bags in shops. For the first couple of months, I still bought bottled water, but stopped when I became used to the taste of tap water. I also bought a massive eco-friendly grocery bag that I kept with me so I could use it whenever I decided to go shopping. This made me feel really good and environmentally conscious.
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What were your first few days at LJMU like?
There is actually a really funny story behind seeing my campus for the first time. I was not aware that LJMU has three different campuses and I had booked my student residences far from my own campus. Upon arrival, I dropped my bags to my room and I went to a campus office and asked the receptionist where I could find the professors for my course. She looked at me very puzzled and informed me that my course was not taught there. I went into shock, maybe it was the jetlag, but I finally remembered that I had the contact details of one of the admission officers so I asked if I could speak with him. Once I made the phone call, the admissions officer informed me that I was at the wrong campus and had to go to the other campus to meet my professors and see my classrooms and labs.
The next day when I finally managed to get to the right campus, my mind was just blown away. It was beautiful and had such nice facilities, the professors were great and the library was massive! I was very impressed with both campuses I must say.
Tell us a little about the city of Liverpool and things to do around town.
There are so many things to do in Liverpool, but my favorite was walking by the docks. It has breathtaking views and oftentimes there are fun events being held. Liverpool City Centre is a great place for shopping. My friends and I would also love going to and trying new restaurants with different cuisines after a long day at uni.
Whenever I wanted some peace and quiet, I visited the Liverpool Cathedral. I can’t really put into words how I felt when I was there, but I found a sense of belonging to something bigger than myself whenever I would visit.
LJMU has an international student mentoring scheme which I found really helpful in making new friends and discovering new places. The school organized trips to the Chester Zoo, Cheshire Oaks and many other places around the city. It is a great initiative for international students, making it easy for them to meet people who are new to the city, just like you are.
What degree did you pursue and why?
I have completed my Masters in Forensic Bioscience with a specialization in endangered species identification using novel techniques. As a child, I was always drawn towards science, particularly biology. With time, my passion and enthusiasm to pursue a scientific career grew, and my next challenge was finding a career path that would suit my interests. When I began researching various scientific disciplines, I came across forensics. I was excited at the prospect of learning about several different scientific fields and also use this knowledge to help the justice system. Without giving it a second thought, I decided to pursue my Bachelors in Forensic Science and it was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Every new module I studied gave me clarity that I wanted to be a forensic scientist. By the end of my program, I realized I was particularly interested in forensic biology, therefore, I decided to pursue my Masters in Forensic Biology.
What has your academic and social experience been like as an international student at LJMU?
I enjoyed absolutely every aspect of university. Academically, I found it a bit challenging in the beginning mainly because the system of assessments was so different from what I was used to and the grading scheme was also different. My social life at university was absolutely incredible. Liverpool is a student-friendly city and there was always some event happening either at university or in town that I would attend.
What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Liverpool John Moores University?
Three words: GO FOR IT! I had the best university experience I could have possibly asked for, great professors, amazing friends and I was living in an amazing city. If it were up to me, I would do it all over again – that’s just how much I enjoyed my time at LJMU. The main strengths of LJMU are its staff and faculty, everyone is so patient and understanding, they make you feel at home even when you’re so far away from it.
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