Ugonna Emmanuel Ihearahu
"I fell in love the moment I stepped on campus. Surrey was everything I dreamed going to university would be like."
If I'm being a hundred per cent honest choosing Surrey was by chance. I found out about the University after looking through a book to explore my university options, and I decided on Surrey as my backup option. My first choice didn’t work out, but in reality that was the biggest blessing in disguise. Looking back I wouldn't have changed a thing!
After arriving at Surrey I knew this was the place for me. I fell in love the moment I stepped on campus. Surrey was everything I dreamed going to university would be like.
I love science, I always have ever since I was a kid. I find every aspect of it to be so fascinating, another part of it is the inherent problem solving that comes with the subject. It forces me to use my mind and I love that!
There's a lot to like about my course, from the actual subjects to the wonderful people I've met. One of the things I've loved the most is the teaching, especially my lecturers. All throughout my degree, they have made every effort to not only help me succeed but to really get to know me. Beyond being my teachers, I consider them friends that have been integral to my growth - not only as a student but as a human being!
"My biggest piece of advice would be to find a society you love and join straight away!"
My life at Surrey
I’m part of the American football society, the Surrey Stingers. This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Joining this society has taught me so much about who I am. The biggest benefit has been gaining the most amazing lifelong friends.
My only real regret is not playing the sport sooner. My biggest piece of advice would be to find a society you love and join straight away!
I completed a professional training placement at the Clemson Center for Human Genetics in Greenwood, South Carolina. On my placement, I regularly carried out experiments in a genetics lab, working with Drosophila melanogaster which are commonly known as fruit flies. There are too many highlights to count, but one of the standouts was the connections I was able to make - I got to meet some of the most amazing people.
There are too many memories from my time at Surrey to count, from my placement to joining a society and even the nightlife. But If I had to choose one, it would be living with my flatmates in the first year, I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to live with and I genuinely love them all. If I could relive my first year with them, I would!
I feel like I've grown a lot in a good way. At university, I feel like the positive traits I was beginning to develop heading into adulthood were really polished and refined. Surrey has really moulded me into the best version of myself so far and has set the foundation for me to continue my journey into the future.