Chrysovalando Stavri

Chrysovalando Stavri

I have benefitted from meeting people from different cultures, and being exposed to new ideas, which have helped broaden my own outlook.

Choosing Manchester

I love science; I have always been interested in discovering how stuff works, and why. The possibilty of being able to explain everyday problems using my knowledge of physics really triggered my interest in applying for physics at Manchester University. I think Manchester is one of the best Universities in the UK - also, it is not as busy as London or as industrial as Birmingham. It has easy access to virtually anywhere, and in my opinion is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

First impressions

I first came here for my BSc degree. My first impressions were that it was a huge city, with many interesting buildings - I love the redbrick buildings, which I think is a uniquely British style. It seemed more like a movie than a University, especially when I first arrived and it was Freshers' Week, with so many events! Due to the fact that English was not my native language, being able to keep up with the lectures was not so easy. But with the help of my personal tutor, and my friends, I was able to finish my BSc degree and apply for a Masters degree at the same university with the Biological Physics group.

Student Life

I get to combine physics with biology - two of my favourite subjects. Whilst studying, I have learned many new skills, such as time management and self-learning (I get to push myself more and more). I have also benefitted from meeting people from different cultures, and being exposed to new ideas, which have helped broaden my own outlook. I think the standard of education is very high, and the academics are very helpful.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

Be prepared - there is much reading required if you want to reach higher, but do not forget your social life; like the Greeks said 'all in moderation'

The University of Manchester has a lot of societies, so do get involved. It is really interesting and you get the chance to see new parts of Britain that you wouldn't go to by yourself.

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