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Kelvin Choo Wei Cheng

Kelvin Choo Wei Cheng

University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Country of origin: Malaysia
Study course: Bachelor in Law

Why did you decide to study abroad?
Growing up in an environment where people are defined by labels and where the societal norms are centred around labels, pursuing an education abroad is perceived by me as the only way out of oblivion. I decided to make the move to study abroad when I was granted a scholarship back in 2015. Besides that, being someone who travels quite frequently, I am aware of the endless possibilities that exist beyond my comfort zone back in my home country, hence by studying abroad, I will be able to put myself into a situation where I can learn about the dynamism that the world has to offer. Furthermore, in my final years of my high schools back home, I was involved in the student’s exchange group. From that experience, I have realised the notion of global citizenship and have since then placed my identity as a part of the greater global village above my citizenship as written on paper. Through studying abroad, it would give me the chance to better shape my understanding towards global citizenship and find the balance between pride and acknowledgement of my own identity and culture as well as appreciating the diversity and differences of individuals from backgrounds and aspirations which are very different from what I am being exposed to during my time in my home country.

What made you decide on this university?
One of the main reasons for me choosing to go to the University of Warwick is that it is a campus-based university. I prefer a campus university to a city university as it allows me to be surrounded in an academic and scholarly environment where there is a vibe of conviviality amongst students where it’s a common ground for all students to grow together as individuals. The University of Warwick also appeals to me as it is one of the few universities which offers a law degree with an inbuilt year abroad that is taught in English. This was one of the attraction factors that Warwick has brought to me as my insufficient proficiency in other European languages would hinder me from most of the study abroad options but with a year abroad in English, I would not need to worry about the medium of instruction in my destination university besides allowing me to learn the local language whilst I am on my year abroad. . As a youth who embraces the virtue of liberty, Warwick is a place for me to express and engage in rigorous academic and co-curricular endeavours where the virtue that surrounds all activities around this university being around the upholding of liberal values.

How is your experience of studying abroad?
One of the main reasons for me choosing to go to the University of Warwick is that it is a campus-based university. I prefer a campus university to a city university as it allows me to be surrounded in an academic and scholarly environment where there is a vibe of conviviality amongst students where it’s a common ground for all students to grow together as individuals. The University of Warwick also appeals to me as it is one of the few universities which offers a law degree with an inbuilt year abroad that is taught in English. This was one of the attraction factors that Warwick has brought to me as my insufficient proficiency in other European languages would hinder me from most of the study abroad options but with a year abroad in English, I would not need to worry about the medium of instruction in my destination university besides allowing me to learn the local language whilst I am on my year abroad. . As a youth who embraces the virtue of liberty, Warwick is a place for me to express and engage in rigorous academic and co-curricular endeavours where the virtue that surrounds all activities around this university being around the upholding of liberal values.

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
The academic reputation of the University of Warwick is well recognised across the world as reflected in the league tables both within the UK and globally. Besides that, if career is one of the concerns that you have, the university provides a whole variety of good quality workshop and advice in order to prepare the students before they go into the job market. Furthermore, the international element is a good opportunity for students coming over to study to learn about different cultures and start to form their opinions and understanding regarding globalisation and global citizenship at this stage of their education. Moreover, being a young university, it is seen as a university that gives emphasize on both academic rigour as well as contextualises the content that is being taught. Hence, if you are someone who seeks an education which is relevant towards the real world, Warwick is the place as it provides you with the platform to have the academic rigorousness that is expected of an English university, and it also has a lot of opportunities in terms of clubs and societies where students come together and take those academic contents one step further and implement or seek to understand it from a broader perspective in the real world.