December 2017

Over the weekend, I got to catch up with my friend Sherdon. He gushed about the practical education in Birmingham City University (BCU) where he is currently completing a PHD degree in wind energy. Let me share with you what he has to say about his experience so far.

It’s important to get to know the teaching style of your chosen university. If their ideals are not in line with yours, completing the program might be difficult.

Sherdon likes BCU’s approach in science and engineering. He said that BCU’s looks at how the research can be applied in a everyday life and aid the people. Because of this mindset, actual products are made.

As for learning, Sherdon was used to attending numerous classes in his home country. It’s the complete opposite in BCU. Sherdon spends most of his time in the lab and doing the actual research. With this approach, you’re actually challenged to go through the project.

I’m sure you’re wondering how Sherdon is funding his stay in the UK. Luckily, he was granted a scholarship by the British Council (BC) and department in the Philippines (Department of Science and Technology or DOST). The BC covers the university fees and a portion of the funds needed for his research. DOST, on the other hand, covers travel costs.

The cost of living in Birmingham is not too high. Sherdon has a monthly budget of 500 pounds or around 680 USD.

I asked Sherdon why the UK. He said it is one of the leading countries known for its developments and research on wind energy. In addition, it has a state of the art technology. Plus, language wouldn’t be a problem for him.

To be honest, I’m quite jealous of Sherdon. He’s having a wonderful time in BCU. He said that if given the chance, he would do it all over again.

Sherdon is not only grateful for the experience but also the opportunity to contribute. He believes that finding out sustainable ways of producing energy is the future.

Sherdon is excited to hear from you so don’t hesitate to contact him. Just register here and you’ll find all the details you need.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love, A Friend Abroad

Over the weekend, I got to catch up with my friend Sherdon. I wanted to know how important it was for him to find a mentor while completing his application and doing research. Let me share with you his thoughts on this.

Sherdon is currently completing a PHD degree on wind energy at the Birmingham City University (BCU) in the UK.

Sherdon mentioned that applying in BCU was competitive. Before even looking for a mentor, he urges future applicants to do find research interests early. With this, you can go about the research with deep knowledge on it. From there, you can build a network and possibly collaborate.

After completing these initial steps, you can focus on the two essentials. For Sherdon, his mentors and the research proposal were vital for his application. He had to look for mentors in order to aid him in his research proposal.

His mentors were able to review his drafts and give constructive criticism.s After all comments were addressed, he confidently submitted this alongside other requirements.

Other than this, his mentor took part in deciding if BCU was the right school for him.

Without these mentors taking the time in order to help him out, Sherdon might have had a difficult time getting to the UK. Thus, it’s really important to reach out. Applications are competitive and you need all the boost you can get.

Sheldon would be happy to help you out. Kickstart your journey abroad! Just register here and you’re good to go.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love, A Friend Abroad

Over the weekend, I got to catch up with my friend Sherdon. It was an interesting conversation on getting there and his life in the UK. Sherdon is currently completing a PHD in wind energy at Birmingham City University. According to Sherdon, he found out about the program through the International Postgraduate Service by the Newton Fund.

He has been enjoying the experience so far. Studying abroad has led him to meet so many people from different cultural backgrounds. Moreover, the country itself is amazing. He mentioned that since it’s very close to Europe, going around during your free time can be easy and convenient.

Of course, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine. Literally. Sherdon dislikes the UK weather. It’s usually cold or wet even during the summer so it can get really depressing. Nonetheless, you can always jet to neighboring countries for that much needed sunshine!

If you’re keen on going for a similar path like him, Sherdon shared that it is important to know your interests. With that, you will be able to stand out and excel.

Sherdon is excited to hear from you so don’t hesitate to contact him. Just register here and you will be able to view his mentor profile.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, you may head on over here to register!

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love, A Friend Abroad