Being one of the GenNext undergraduate degree programme students, I had an opportunity to undergo a semester abroad for my Discovery Year at Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB). It is an unforgettable experience for me. It was also my first experience studying outside of Brunei. QUB is located in Belfast, capital city of Northern Ireland. Belfast is famous as being a ‘city on the rise’ to visitors. It also one of the safest regions in the UK according to the 2011 British crime survey and has lowest cost of living in the UK. I highly recommend Belfast as destination for Discovery Year.
At QUB, I spent six weeks theory at School of Nursing and Midwifery and a few weeks at Royal Jubilee Maternity Services (RJMS) and Finagyh Healthcare Centre for my clinical internship. Studying at QUB has taught me to think critically and analytically. They also have thousands of e-journals and e-books which really helped me with my assignments.
One of the challenges that I experienced while studying abroad was communicating with the lecturers and locals due to the language difference. However, I adapted and improved my communication skills. I was also not familiar with public transportation which pushed me to be more independent.
A moment to remember was during my clinical internship, when I was given a chance to witness and participate in assisting a woman give birth in water. This practice is commonly known as water birth which is common in many countries. I hope to see this method practiced in Brunei in future as it can be beneficial for women.
In conclusion, Discovery Year programme has changed the way I see the world. It has made me more proactive, independent, responsible, confident and more knowledgeable.
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