Living in a new country
Matthew Harrison (BSc Physics with International Study, 2015)
'After graduating, I returned to Toulouse, France, where I had spent my year abroad. I
taught English as a foreign language, worked at a British pub and started a new degree in
Applied Foreign Languages with Chinese. I also helped to welcome Erasmus students from
Birmingham. My degree took me on another year abroad, this time to Chongqing, China. A mutual friend put me in touch with an alumnus who lived there and he welcomed me into his ex-pat friendship group! Unfortunately, in mid-February, I had to return home and attend
classes online due to the pandemic. My goal now is to find a way back to China to continue that adventure.
My proudest achievements since graduating are moving abroad, integrating into the local way of life, finding a job that I love and making the decision to start a new degree, which forced me to push the boundaries of my comfort zone in every direction.
Through all of this, I've grown enormously as a person, building on the foundation of
independence and responsibility which I developed at University.'