I’m Luwi from Zambia and I’m a student at Nottingham Trent University.
In 2015, I decided to study a pathway course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) to help me gain entry to a degree in the UK. I’ll be graduating from university this year, and I wanted to share my story and tell you how I’m following my path, my way.
Choosing to study abroad was actually a last-minute decision for me. My family encouraged me to consider it, and I figured that I could experience a different culture and travel while obtaining a degree from a good university, so I went for it!
At school, I studied sciences and maths for my A Levels, but I always had a passion for current affairs, from an Economics perspective. That’s why I chose to study the Foundation Certificate for Business, Law and Social Sciences; I wanted to familiarise myself with business concepts so that I could study Economics at university.
When I first arrived in the UK, I didn’t really process much because everything happened so quickly, from deciding to study abroad to arriving! The main shock for me was the change in climate from Botswana (where I lived) to Nottingham, but it didn’t take too long for me to adapt.
Gaining transferable skills
The lessons at NTIC were really effective because even though I had no prior knowledge of Business subjects, I still managed to attain high grades. I think this is because my tutors were so approachable and helpful, and the class sizes weren’t too big, so I could ask questions and interact with my classmates.
I was also a student representative at NTIC, and this is one of the things that taught me leadership skills and boosted my confidence — I have since been able to apply these skills to a school retention and career advice programme I ran in Zambia with a couple of friends.
Through group assignments, I polished up on my presentation and teamwork skills, and I’ve been able to use those skills during internships that I took during my summer breaks at university.
Apart from gaining knowledge for my degree, the best thing about studying in the UK has been the bonds that I have made. I remember meeting other international students in my first week at the College, and they remain some of my closest friends to this day.
Forming these friendships with people of different nationalities has taught me how to be even more tolerant than I was before, which makes me a better person.
Luwi's path to success
In the future, I would like to use my Economics knowledge to become a Data Analyst, or even possibly work for the United Nations.
This is my path so far.