Awarded International Scholarship - School of Communication Design 2014
Name: Beth Xia
Course: BA(Hons) Graphic Design
Home Country: China
Falmouth University was recommended by my teacher's friend, who is an alumnus. Then I did some research about the University. The course website is great (especially student works), and I like the place, it's peaceful and friendly.
What's the most difficult thing about being an International Student?
The lack of common knowledge can be a problem. I asked many people to explain basic things when I first came, and it can be depressing. But now it's fine.
How is your course going?
It is a big and great course. We have a new studio on the Falmouth Campus. It looks really nice! The tutors are helpful and the projects are interesting. We have quite a lot of free time on Wednesday and Friday. My classmates are talented, that's the best thing! I can always learn from my classmates.
How is your Academic School?
We have lectures and seminars once a week. There is also a learning group with our tutor once a week, and one-to-one tutorials. We have Macs in our studio, and more Macs and a printer on second floor - really convenient.
What difference has the award of a Falmouth University International Scholarship made to you and your studies?
I think it made me more confident about my abilities, and made my dream of studying design abroad come true.
Are you involved with any clubs and societies?
Yes, I joined several societies. My favorite is Wild Doc Society; we watch wildlife documentaries that are stimulating.
What social activities do you enjoy?
The International Society is really nice, they organise lots of activities. I also like travelling with friends.
What's the best thing about living in Falmouth?
It is peaceful and relaxing. I live in Penryn and there is a beautiful lake nearby.
What will you miss most about Falmouth when you leave?
The feeling of freedom.
Has the University been supportive during your time here?
Yes, I can always get help if I need it. We also have English language classes and the English teacher is really nice.
What advice would you give to students planning on coming to Falmouth?
Do some research. Look at the website of the University and find out as much information as you can. I didn't know that Falmouth University share a student union with Exeter University, and that's the best surprise for me, I love it. But to avoid surprises - do some research. Also, build up your portfolio. My classmates are really talented so you need to be good!
And what about the future?
After I graduate, I hope to work as a graphic designer and also do some illustration in my free time.
Published December 2014