Student profile

Maria Kheyman

My lecturers completely love what they do; they don’t just want to teach you, but give you their ‘all’ in the subject.

Is there a song that reminds you of Surrey? 

‘Marathon’ by Kawala. When I was going to university, this song came on in the car and the words resonated with me. The name feels appropriate too, as university isn’t a race but rather a marathon.

What’s something you couldn’t live without at university?

My camera. I take my old Lumix camera on every night out and try to take as many pictures as possible. I then print them and put them in my album book; it’s the best way one can keep memories.

What’s one food dish you couldn’t live without at university?

Pesto pasta (nice pasta, not the cheap variety!) is a classic for any time of the day and it never gets boring – trust me. 

What was your first impression when you got here?

I didn’t really know what to expect: there is always a fear of the unknown when you’re stepping into a new chapter in life. When I arrived it seemed familiar to what I experienced before at boarding school. The room felt very similar and walking around campus felt like school on a bigger scale. I fell in love with the natural setting and the lake on campus was the key to my heart!

What do you like about your course and why?

My lecturers completely love what they do; they don’t just want to teach you, but give you their ‘all’ in the subject. One day I hope to share their passion, for now I am only getting started! I enjoy this course because I want to challenge myself; I’ve always strived to be the best academically. It’s through challenging courses and your personal conduct that you will achieve great things. I am also a Course Rep, so I enjoy getting to solve issues which arise on our course and sharing students’ feedback with staff.

What were the facilities like on your course?

My friends and I really like to use the Toulson Law Library, which is quiet and has all the resources we need. The main university library is also great.

What careers support have you received?

I go to the pop-up stalls that happen nearly every other week in the MySurrey Hive which is such a good way to find out about different areas and professional careers. The course also provides us with ideas of where to apply. I also like to be creative and go out of my way to apply for opportunities! 

Are you part of any clubs or societies?

I'm part of the Law Society and the Hockey team. I really enjoy the social side of the club and I’ve played hockey far a long time and it’s nice to continue.

What are the best things about life at Surrey, outside of your studies?

I was lucky enough to get a job at Surrey Sports Park, which is such a nice environment to work in; I live close and all my friends go there. It has great sports facilities. I also enjoy Guildford with its range of shops and other things to do.

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