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Living & Learning / A lesson of life from Glasgow

Courtesy of Yurie Suzuki

Yurie Suzuki, right, with friends at a boat race against the University of Edinburgh

By Yurie Suzuki (University of Glasgow) / Special To The Japan News When you hear the name Glasgow, what is it that you imagine? Whisky? Music culture? And if you were a student, what would you know about the University of Glasgow? Perhaps you have never heard of the city and its university before, so I will tell you a little bit about them.

My name is Yurie Suzuki, I’m currently a final year student of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Glasgow. From my experience during three years of university life in Glasgow, I have found the city to be a creative and vibrant place of modern culture that inspires young people to seek their passion in life.

People from Glasgow are widely recognized as being friendly and welcoming to newcomers. Their modern sense of flexibility and acceptance of people from different backgrounds and cultures is one thing that matches the university’s internationality. This partly supported the success of Glasgow University in winning the “Best U.K. university for international experience” award this year. As one of Glasgow University’s international students, this is the one thing that I liked best about studying there.

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Apart from the friendly and accepting people, students from Glasgow can also be said to be dynamic and have a strong sense of independence. One tradition that reflects this feature is the election of the students’ rector. The rector represents the students’ opinions to both university and society. In 2014, a great success was achieved by our student representative committee when political refugee Edward Snowden was elected as rector. Not only this, but also many other interesting and impressive events happened during my University of Glasgow life, such as the Scottish independence referendum, the Brexit vote and higher education strikes. I had a chance to see students and teachers alike showing great courage in representing their opinions and desires in a democratically British way.

Overall, what I have gained during my time at the University of Glasgow has been far more than just academic knowledge. Through interacting with a wide variety of people, and experiencing the liberal and expressive atmosphere of this academic world, I felt that I had an opportunity to take a deeper look at myself, to seek out what I like and who I am. After all, life is short. If you feel lost in any way, why not come study in Glasgow, where there is a great music culture and atmosphere that is full of life? Choose your life, choose your future.

All the best from Scotland.

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University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the Scotland-based institution is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Notable alumni include economist and author of “The Wealth of Nations” Adam Smith, and engineer and inventor James Watt. Speech

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