International student profiles
Xin Hui Aw Yong
BSc Sport & Exercise Science
Xin Hui has always been passiontate about sport and made the most of of the opportunities available at school and during her free time. At Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore she participated in competitive flat-water kayaking and had a keen interest in endurance sports, especially running. In fact, before starting her studies at Loughborough University Xin Hui completed a half-marathon. Here, Xin Hui talks about what attracted her to Loughborough University:
“I wanted to go to a university which has a strong Sports Science department rather than choosing a university based on its general prestige and reputation. I am interested in many aspects of sport such as nutrition, biomechanics, and physiology, so I asked my teacher for recommendations and did my own research. It eventually came down to Loughborough University, the University of Bath, and the University of Birmingham, but I chose Loughborough due to its location and its ranking for Sports Science.
I attended the one-week Orientation Course before the academic semester officially started. This helped me to become familiar with my new surroundings and I made my first friends during the course. I live on the campus as it is my first year and the hall wardens are friendly and approachable. I also enjoy cooking and baking and have needed to call upon my culinary skills since I live in self-catered accommodation here. The UK students are polite and helpful and they do not show any racial discrimination. The University is only a 20-minute walk from the town centre where everything you need is readily available.
After I complete my degree I hope to gain some work experience in the UK as there are greater opportunities for sport-related careers and wider exposure to the sports industry, especially with the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.
Loughborough is the right place to be for people who are interested in sports. There is a wide variety of facilities – from football/rugby pitches to indoor tennis/badminton courts and the Olympic-sized swimming pool – making it possible to train even in the winter. As Loughborough is located in the East Midlands the cost of living is much lower and there are fewer distractions in comparison to living in a city. The library provides an online database which enables you to access a vast amount of research materials for sport-related topics (sports journals, articles and magazines). Hence I would definitely recommend Loughborough University to anyone who wants to study Sports Science."