Q: A brief introduction of yourself
A: My name is Jayden Xue and I am from China. Two years ago I participated in the 2+2 program and studied Financial Economics. In the coming year I will do a Masters in Corporate Finance.
Q: What attracted you to study University College Cork?
A:First of all, University College Cork is a first-class university with a time-honoured history. UCC enjoys an undisputed reputation. Secondly, lecturers are nice to students, especially to international students. They care about each student’s studies and university life.
Q: What was it like adapting to Ireland, It’s people, culture and surroundings?
A: It was hard to adapt at the start because of the different language and culture. I joined many societies and exchanged culture with people I met. I made many friends and built my confidence. That was when it became easier and broke the language barrier.
Q: If you had to choose your best experience in UCC, which would it be?
A:I feel very honoured to be Auditor (Chairman) of UCC Chinese Society 2015/2016. That was my best experience in UCC. I learned how to organise social events and made many local friends.
Q: Do you consider that your experience in UCC has enhanced your abilities and qualities on a personal and professional level?
A: I think the two years experience did enhance my abilities and qualities. The studies improved my academic abilities and helped me to achieve higher qualifications. The various activities of UCC societies and UCC union helped me to understand Irish culture and integrate into society.
Q: Did you find it easy to make friends on campus and outside of UCC?
A: Yes, in UCC I made friends by joining societies and sports clubs. I joined many societies, such as the Chinese and Japanese societies, in my first year. The committee members were friendly and there were many events like Chinese New Year Party and Japanese Tea Party. You will meet people with the same interests and also people with an interest in your culture.
Making friends outside of campus is easy as well. People are very nice in Cork. I got the opportunity to meet many people during my part-time job.
Q: What is your favourite place on UCC’s campus?
A: The main quad; it is a good place for taking photos. I took a lot of photos there on my graduation. The main quad is beautiful, there is a different feel to it in every season of the year. In my opinion, UCC has one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. It also attracts a lot of tourists.
Q: What is your favourite place in Cork or elsewhere in Ireland and why?
A: English Market; the Queen visited there a few years ago and it is a famous tourist attraction. You can buy delicious foods ranging from fruit to Cheese.
Q: Would you encourage other international students to study at UCC and why?
A:In UCC not only will you receive the best education, you can also enjoy the wonderful campus atmosphere and meet many Irish and international people.
Q: If you could give other international students advice what would it be?
A: You will need a good quality umbrella or raincoat as it rains often.