Meganne Torkelson

Level: Postgraduate
Department: Department of Life Sciences
College: College of Health and Life Sciences

First and foremost, I chose Brunel because of the degree programme - there are very few programmes in cross-cultural psychology offered in the world, and once I read about the research our lecturers were doing, I was sold! I liked the fact that it's a very multicultural university and that it's so close to London.

Brunel International offers a really wonderful international scholarship programme to students and I definitely recommend applying! It's a great way to get involved in the student life while here.

There is definitely a community feeling here and as a postgraduate student this was particularly important to me. It was very easy to get involved in activities specifically related to my field and interests, as well as meeting new friends. I love my degree programme and all of the activities hosted on campus.

There really is something for everyone at Brunel and it's very easy to meet people interested in similar activities. It's easy to take advantage of the wonderful sports facilities on campus as well!

The Graduate School offers a weekly meet up for postgraduate and research students as well as numerous events including statistics and research guidance.

I've tried to be as involved as possible during my time in the UK - I sing with a couple of different musical groups at Brunel and with the New London Singers, in addition to taking lessons through the music award scheme. I am also the Vice President of the Six Degrees intercultural society and volunteer with the UK Refugee Council and the US-UK Fulbright Commission. On top of that, I work as a student ambassador for the Graduate School, whilst also being involved in Rotaract of Langley-Iver, and generally love just hanging out with my friends or traveling to places in the UK and abroad! Brunel has just started a Language Exchange programme, which I'm taking part in to continue my German language skills and there are free language courses for students interested in learning a language. In my free time, it's so fabulous to explore London, which offers such an incredible amount to do and see.

The university's accommodation options are excellent and I definitely recommend living on campus to potential students. Everything you need is here - dining options, a library, a nightclub and pub, a bank, and a fruit and vegetable market (amazing!). It's really perfect.

I hope to go into the field of International Education and much of what we're talking about in cross-cultural psychology will be directly applicable in working with international students. When discussing strategies of acculturation I am able to see how this will directly relate to the work I hope to do in this field in the future. I'm certain that I'll be able to directly relate my theoretical knowledge from my course as well as practical experience working with the other international students and British students in my future career.

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