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Grace Varty
Graduate of Asia Pacific Studies

I entered UCLan through clearing, hopeful yet anxious. Would I enjoy my classes? Would I make friends here? I'd never even visited Preston – what was I letting myself in for?

The answers were better than I could have ever imagined. My degree was the most inspiring, challenging but fulfilling time of my life so far. Academically, I valued the course's variety and flexibility – modules catered directly or indirectly to my interests, ranging from culture to politics, Japan to China to Indonesia, allowing me to chart my own rewarding journey. My year abroad in Japan was incredible. I graduated from UCLan with not only a deeper passion for all things Japanese, but also an enduring fascination with the Asia Pacific region.

Events held by groups such as the Japanese Society were enjoyable and enriching, and another strength of UCLan's is its commitment to providing practical opportunities for students. I was fortunate enough to visit China (twice!), Cyprus and the Czech Republic, which were all amazing experiences. Wherever I was as a UCLan student, I had support when I needed it. I really felt like I was part of a warm community. I made wonderful friends, and my course lecturers were so kind, inspiring and dedicated. I graduated with three awards, but more than that, I graduated with a renewed sense of self, many great memories, and feeling better equipped to pursue my future goals. My leap of faith all those years ago was, I'm happy to say, worth it.

12 September 2018

Grace Varty