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Bellerbys was one of the best decisions of my life

Posted 30 October 2013
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I studied the Business Foundation, class of 2012, starting in January and graduated in August 2012 from Bellerbys College Brighton. To date it can be said that going to Bellerbys was one of the best decisions of my life. I made friends from all over the world, from exotic Colombia to far flung Russia. This is the kind of experience that you don’t get anywhere else because going to college wasn’t just about the learning process for me but also the experience, and boy did Bellerbys give me that! I learnt the different languages and cultures of my classmates, learnt about their way of life and perspectives on things.

I studied the Business Foundation, class of 2012, starting in January and graduated in August 2012 from Bellerbys College Brighton. To date it can be said that going to Bellerbys was one of the best decisions of my life. I made friends from all over the world, from exotic Colombia to far flung Russia. This is the kind of experience that you don’t get anywhere else because going to college wasn’t just about the learning process for me but also the experience, and boy did Bellerbys give me that! I learnt the different languages and cultures of my classmates, learnt about their way of life and perspectives on things. 

Coming from a small cosmopolitian city like Singapore in South East Asia, the step I took to come to Bellerbys was a big one, and I left a life I had led for the past 18 years to come to a foreign land, and was filled with apprehension about what to expect. I guess readers who are now planning to come to international colleges are asking themselves the same questions: What to expect? How is life there? Is studying tough?

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Studying is never easy, regardless of which place or country you’re in, but Bellerbys gave me the support I needed from the beginning of school term. Chris Arulraj, the child protection officer, took very good care of me and she was like a mother to me. Even a year now after graduation, I still miss her and cherish the interesting talks we had in her office. She constantly gave me advice on adapting to life in the UK, and showered me with concern like a mother would.
 
Halfway through my course I found myself having an interest in English law, and thus, upon checking that I could still cope with my business studies, I proceeded to take lessons in the Law Foundation class, and took the exams alongside my business ones. Here I must emphasize it is imperative to have good time management and organisational skills as life as a student in a foreign land meant that I needed to have a lot of self-motivation and will to pursue my dreams. It wasnt a smooth ride but the support from amazing people such as my programme manager Trystan James and programme manager Kerry Hartley were amazing. They constantly encouraged me when I felt down, and gave me the backing and support just like your own family would.

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Life in Brighton is fantastic. The place has so much to offer, from the trademark Brighton Pier to famed Italian restaurants like Donatellos down in the Lanes. It satisfies your wildest cravings for gastronomical delights to the occasional nightclub partygoer. Those seeking the refuge of nature can head to Devils Dyke, which was my personal favourite alcove for relaxation and hiking adventures. Aptly known as London-by-the-Sea, I felt that Brighton gave a good balance of the eccentricities and busy fast paced life of London city to laid back relaxed life of a seaside city. Writing this more than a year after graduation I can still vividly remember the many adventures I had with friends and places we visited. Brighton is simply like an oyster waiting to be opened, and I feel each and every experience differs but ultimately I’m sure you will definitely have a good time from the wild adventures its pearl has to offer.
 
On completion of the foundation programme, I was blessed with suprisingly good results and gained multiple admissions to the universities I had applied to through UCAS. Tentatively, I hold offers from the University of Manchester and University of Leeds for undergraduate studies in their Law schools, but due to mandatory military conscription I flew back to Singapore and currently serve in the Singapore Armed Forces for a period of two years, due to end in December 2014. I will then be going to Law school in 2015.

I will be more than delighted to answer any questions you guys have about the college who has provided me with such an amazing experience. Keep chasing after your dreams! With a good work ethic and support, you will get there!

Brandon Lim Zi Yi

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