Student Experiences - El Salvador

Monica Maria Tobar - MSc International Development

Monica Maria TobarMy personal experience studying at the University of Bristol can only be defined with one word: adventure. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, at the beginning I was unsure about the big challenge of studying abroad, but after analyzing my options I decided that I wanted to be part of this university. I chose the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law and now I’m part of the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) which is one of the most amazing places in the University, the multicultural environment and the quality of the education makes you want to be constantly involved in the activities of the school. As a Salvadoran I’m aware of the need of a wider analytical framework when it comes to the study of development issues, problems such as poverty and inequality need to be tackled from an interdisciplinary approach in order to propose accurate solutions. My preference for this field takes place in my country’s need of trained professionals in this subject committed to act as promoters of development and who support new approaches and propose innovative alternatives to solve structural problems

I am studying the MSc International Development and I am passionate about development studies and having the opportunity to join the University of Bristol allows me to acquire the academic background to pursue the future career that I want. Living in this city is an amazing experience, the beautiful buildings and parks, the history, the friendly people and the quality of the education creates the perfect environment to learn and enjoy the student life. You always have something to do and learn here in Bristol, the University and other organizations have a wide offer of activities that perfectly complements the academic work. Bristol is also a cosmopolitan city, in my particular programme I can get to know people from all over the world and share different ideas and points of view at the time I learn about different regions and cultures enhancing my learning experience.

I am convinced that during my time at the University of Bristol I will learn all sort of new things, new approaches, new theories and new ways of interpreting reality that will allow me to serve my country as a professional in the social sciences.

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