My journey to Essex started in September of 2016 where I commenced my UK Transfer Degree Programme at Brickfields Asia College. When I received the list of Universities I could transfer to, the University of Essex immediately caught my attention as it was affordable and a realistic admission requirement. Since then, I knew Essex would be the University I wanted to complete my final year legal studies.
It wasn’t long until I achieved the grades I needed to get into the University of Essex. I packed my bags and with my passport in hand, the journey to London began with my friends (Malvinder and Wayne Cheah). We spent some time in London before heading to Colchester. Once we arrived at the Colchester Campus, I was amazed by its infrastructure and diversity within the University.
Studying in University of Essex was far more challenging than I had expected. Students are expected to come prepared before attending lectures and tutorials. Active participation from the students are highly encouraged during lectures and tutorials. Fortunately, I was able to get away with enough preparation on any questions our lecturer may ask during class. It was that consistency and self-discipline which had helped me passing the infamous Certificate in Legal Practice examination in Malaysia.
The lecturers at Essex are extremely kind and approachable as they are willing to assist the students who need help in their subject module. I owe my gratitude to them for helping me throughout my academic journey during my time there. Among of them were Dr Lijie Song, Dr Richard Cornes and Dr Alexandros Antoniou, just to name a few. I had the opportunity to thank some of the distinguished academics like Professor Maurice Sunkins and Professor Andrew Le Sueur, whom I admired them for co-authoring such a comprehensive and informative Public Law Textbook which had helped me tremendously throughout my Year 1 LLB studies.
Studies aside, Essex has an abundance of green space for those who want to find their space of tranquillity. You tend to find students sunbathing at Wivenhoe Park during the Spring season. The Colchester campus is quite windy as you would hardly break any sweats while relaxing by the fountain centred at Wivenhoe Park.
Furthermore, the Essex Sports Arena is just 500 metres from the Wivenhoe Park where students could participate in various sports clubs such as basketball and kickboxing clubs. It is also a great place for students to establish meaningful connections and exchange cultures with your sport buddies. I had met some of my kickboxing buddies and we are keeping in touch despite graduating for more than 3 years.
Overall, the experience in the University of Essex was a memorable one. I had a wonderful time studying and connecting with people from England and all around the world. I wouldn’t trade my learning experience at the University of Essex for anything in this world. I am grateful to my alma mater, the University of Essex for instilling core values in me which moulded me to be a bold, resilient and outgoing person.