A Long Way From Home

I am Ogechukwu Ochomma, I just arrived at the University of Bath to take up studies on MSc. Molecular Biosciences (Biotechnology) on scholarship from the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme (CSC). I am from the South Eastern region of Nigeria.

I had long desired an institution of higher learning that while being researched based (in terms of knowledge production and knowledge transfer), with conducive learning environment, was also culturally unique. I therefore came across the University of Bath where I secured an admission. I began my studies remotely because the academic year began amidst fears caused by the coronavirus pandemic, restriction of movement among others. This however, did not stop me from experiencing the characteristic love shown by the University towards her students. I was well informed, I was properly guided when confronted with issues such as those of accommodation, registration and the long wait to arrive at Bath.

Now I am here, it was easy enough finding my way from the airport down to school, something that would have been exceptionally difficult in most countries, because every single person I met was approachable, friendly, resourceful and ready to help.

I have settled in quite nicely in my quarantine accommodation and while I count the days to moving to my term time accommodation at Pulteney Court, I also look forward to socializing with the people as safety restrictions would allow while working hard at my studies equipping me well enough to play life-changing and positively impacting roles in the larger society.