First-year Information Management for Business student Ivaylo Arnaudov chatted to us about how he and his flatmates unwind and his favourite view of London.
Ivo chatted to us about how he first discovered UCL, his experiences with his flatmates, and also shared a secret spot from which to catch the best views of London.
1. What made you decide to study at UCL?
Back when I was in 11th grade, one of my close friends from home who was then about to start university told me about UCL. I decided to do some research on the university and after spending about 5–10 minutes on UCL’s website, I concluded that, “This seems to be a truly amazing place!” My friend embarked on her studies at UCL and she started telling me stories about all the exciting events and research taking place at the university every day. I was certain that UCL was the right place for me and here I am today…almost on the ‘finish line’ of my first year here. I have to say that UCL has certainly lived up to and even exceeded my expectations, and I am so looking forward to my next few years in this truly amazing community.
2. What are your three favourite things about studying at UCL?
There are a myriad of things to be grateful about at UCL. My three favourite aspects of studying here are:
- The open and cosmopolitan community. It feels like no day is the same here at UCL, which is a great incentive for me to get out of bed every morning.
- Interdisciplinary learning. Being encouraged by academics to always approach problems and challenges from a multitude of disciplines allows me to adopt a critical perspective on everything that surrounds me.
- Living and learning in Bloomsbury—a vibrant area of London, full of opportunities and academic resources for students.
3. What is it like living in London?
London is its own self-sustained ecosystem, with its distinct parts functioning separately but forming a coherent ‘whole’ when put together. It is a very exciting and dynamic place and it always has something fresh to offer. Occasionally, the hustle and bustle of the city can get a bit overwhelming but there are many places where one can unwind after a busy day at university or work.
4. What is your most memorable experience at UCL so far?
That would definitely be the time spent with my flatmates after a busy day at university. We normally either cook dinner at home together or go out, and everyone shares stories from what happened during their day. It is always very exciting to hear these stories, as none of my flatmates are doing the same course as me, so I get the chance to experience student life from their perspectives.
5. What do you love about photography?
Photography for me is a way to show my appreciation for the small things in life. I try to capture details from my surroundings, and this reminds me how important it is to always be mindful and present in the moment, and to be grateful for all the beauty of ‘now’. I perceive every photo that I take as a ‘thank you’ to my surroundings.
6. Best piece of advice for students who just started studying at UCL?
There are no right or wrong answers. It is okay not to be certain what exactly you want to do later in your life. Be bold, stay curious, make the most of all the resources and opportunities UCL offers you and the answers you are looking for will come along the way.
7. You have a free day to spend at one place in London. Where do you spend it?
I have to admit that this is a very hard question to answer! I would spend my day with a couple of good friends, nice music and some home-made food on Primrose Hill. The sight of the city from the top of the hill is gorgeous. I definitely recommend it to anyone who has not visited.