The clean and green Loughborough campus is a far cry from Mumbai's congestion, writes Sejal Pradhan.
I did my schooling, junior college and graduation in Mumbai. Observing my father’s work over the years, I developed interest in the field of Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Technologies and decided to do my graduation in Electrical Engineering. I graduated from Sardar Patel College of Engineering. In order to gain in-depth knowledge of the field and to get wider exposure, I decided to go abroad to pursue my master’s.
With one of my uncles living in the U.K., the country became my preferred destination for higher studies. Having gone through all the options available, I zeroed in on to Loughborough University. After doing my own bit of research, I was convinced that this university would give me international exposure. The university offered me a 25 per cent scholarship on the tuition fee, which was also a deciding factor for me.
The MSc. Renewable Energy Systems Technology course that I am studying here has vastly widened my knowledge. It is up-to-date and in sync with industry requirements. The professors and the visiting faculty have a thorough understanding of the subject and constantly update us on the current happenings in the industry.
Moreover, the teachers provide immense support to students and encourage them to stretch their minds as far as possible. Further, the diverse international culture on campus was one thing I really like about Loughborough. I now have friends from so many different countries and cultures.
The clean, green and pristine campus appeals to me, especially since my home city is extremely congested. The university has taken the initiative to cut down its carbon emissions and that reflects in its green campus. The campus is student-friendly with almost everything easily accessible. Loughborough, being a small town, has limited but good options for pubs and has some good restaurants too. Leicester being not far away, one could go there for some stores and brands that Loughborough may not have.
Also, London being just two hours away, one can experience the charm of the city without having to bear the expense of living there. I have keen interest in travel and photography which I love doing in my free time. I also like being part of charity campaigns and blood donation campaigns, and for these the university provides me with ample opportunities.
The writer is pursuing MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology at Loughborough University.