Mishal from Kuwait talks about his life at Edinburgh Napier University.
Mishal Shuhaiber, BA Communications, Advertising & PR
“This course requires more practical work which will be useful when we move into full time jobs”
I transferred over to Edinburgh Napier University to complete my degree due to the benefits the University provides over the limited opportunities of my old university.
Edinburgh Napier has provided me with not just more of a challenge in terms of education and learning outcomes, but also has the added benefit of work experience both inside and outside of my modules and coursework. Being able to work in more group environments has been something of great benefit to me which is something my previous educational experience has lacked.
I feel my modules at Edinburgh Napier balance theory and practical work very well. This course in particular requires more practical work over theory as it will be of far greater use later when we move into full time jobs.
“Edinburgh Napier’s facilities are head and shoulders above my previous university”
Edinburgh Napier’s facilities are head and shoulders above my previous university.
My main challenge, aside from my time management, has been my essay writing ability which has always been my weak point. Things such as formatting essays to Harvard style proved a great difficulty for me. I hope to continue to improve to avoid any more missed marks in my assignments.
“The amount of people from my region that have come to study here is astonishing”
I've been visiting Edinburgh since 2002 and the city has changed remarkably since the first time I came here. It has a far busier and active vibe to it, the student life has certainly become an integral part of everything happening in the city and the amount of people from my region that have come to study here is astonishing, to say the least. I love Edinburgh as it's a very easy city to live in with some of the humblest people I've had the pleasure of meeting in my life.
The reality of life here is obviously much harder than in the Middle East - the work is far more intense and demanding and living on my own has provided the biggest challenge to me yet. The climate has taken some getting used to but has its own charm once you've adapted to it completely.
I feel working and living here will be a beneficial experience for my future as the responsibility of living on your own and in a different environment is one that definitely helps adapt to any situation in your future.
“My focus is on completing my degree to the best of my ability”
I haven’t completely decided my long-term career goals yet. My focus is on completing my degree to the best of my ability while getting as much work experience as I possibly can. I plan on further study, such as a personal training degree.