Where are you from?
Why did you choose your course?
I was always intrigued by machine learning and artificial intelligence, so I did my MSc in Swansea university a couple of years ago and I got hooked!
Why did you choose to study in Britain and why did you choose Swansea University?
My Mom and Dad came here to Durham University 30 years ago, and they kept telling me their stories of being here in the UK, so, I decided to come here too! At first, I applied for multiple universities, and Swansea University was the most responsive that I heard back from, so I picked it!
Are you enjoying your course? What do you like the most about it?
My course is challenging, and that’s why I like it!
What do you usually do in your free time here? What’s been the highlight of your time here so far?
In my free time, I try to travel around and explore the country, I also throw a lot of socials with my friends, where we cook different dishes from different countries and teach our traditional dance to each other! I also love a Sunday walk down the Marina or maybe the Mumbles, get a hot coffee and do some fishing! Not to forget the beautiful bonfire summer nights with my friends.
I feel that overall, my stay here opened my eyes to see life from a different perspective! I met a lot of people from all over the world and I learned a lot. My whole experience here was definitely life-changing to me.
Are you involved with any of the societies? Which societies? What do you do with them?
Yes, my friend Rashed Mashagbeh and I started the Jordanian society at Swansea University. We regularly organize events and participate in all the international and social events organized by Swansea University. On an international day, we prepared coffee and brought Jordanian food and desserts, and we performed our traditional dance (Dabkeh) multiple times throughout the day. We won the Best Society prize and felt so happy and proud to be able to share our culture with other students here in Swansea, our new home.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I am not sure yet, but it’s definitely an exotic adventure somewhere on this planet!
What advice would you give to an international student that is considering studying at Swansea?
Come here if you’re after a good experience and education! It’s not your busy and rowdy city, which is why I love it. You get to actually socialize here and enjoy yourself while you’re working on your future. I mean I can’t say it better than the legend Dylan Thomas, “An ugly, lovely town ... crawling, sprawling ... by the side of a long and splendid curving shore. This sea-town was my world.”