Tram Anh (Tracy) studied the Advanced Level Foundation before embarking on a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. Here, she tells us about university life, and how her time at Kings most helped her.
How are you finding university life so far? Is it what you expected?
I just finished my first year and it has been so great! Lots of new experiences, friends and memories. It was a bit more difficult than I expected, however, I managed to overcome the difficulties.
What are you enjoying most about your course?
The most interesting thing about my course is the opportunities for us to do experiments. We have at least one lab work per week, along with a one-week field trip in Wales to practice surveying. We had the chance to practice what we learnt in classes, moreover, the skills to work in field is very important to an engineer.
"Kings really helped me in achieving my great results to get to Bristol University."
How have your studies at Kings helped you so far? Are there any skills in particular which are coming in useful?
Kings really helped me in achieving my great results to get to Bristol University. All the teachers in Kings really supported me during the time I was studying there. Probably the most useful thing I get from two years studying in Kings is the skills of working with people from all over the world. It helps me a lot in university as you have to work a lot with people you have never met before.
Do you like your university? How does it compare to where you studied with Kings?
I really love Bristol University! It is a fantastic place to study and experience new things. It is totally different from studying in Kings as now I have hundreds of people in a lecture instead of 3 to 5 people like in Kings. Moreover, we have to take care of our own studying, and it is more difficult to ask for help from a lecturer.
"I really love Bristol University! It is a fantastic place to study and experience new things."
What do you miss most about Kings?
The thing I miss the most about Kings is probably my friends there. We are now studying in different places, some have even gone back to their countries already so we hardly have a chance to meet.
What would you say to anyone who is considering taking a Foundation or A-level programme at Kings?
If they want to have a great academic study within a friendly environment, Kings will be a great place to be at.