Marcela Gallegos Ruíz
Being a 2015/2016 Chevening scholar was a deep learning experience. I am not referring only to the fact of having increased my own personal standards thanks to the demanding academic programme I chose at the University of Birmingham. Beyond the obvious expansion of knowledge that other scholars and I had during our studies, I consider that my learning process includes my fascination with different cultural expressions. As an illustration, I had a home shared with two ladies: one of them from Zimbabwe and the other from the US. The simple fact of living in the same house made me learn about other lifestyles. This learning was even wider at school, where I met people from many other parts around the world.
Perhaps the multicultural atmosphere of Birmingham –and the UK in general– let me open myself to a true experience of diversity. My time in the UK was then a journey characterised by intercultural communication. I appreciate very much my ability to speak English since this language has become a bridge between peoples.
Thanks to the opportunity I received through the Chevening Award, I could learn more about the fascinating British culture. I enjoyed walking in emblematic places for the world history, such as Canterbury, Bath, Belfast, Stonehenge, Liverpool, London, Coventry, Manchester, Cambridge, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Being in the land of famous writers, musicians and scientists meant a privilege to me.
Besides the ties and nostalgia for the UK, I came back to Mexico with the certainty that I am a better person after my year of studies in the UK. And this certainty makes me feel inspiration for my future actions in my home country: although I am proud of being Mexican, I am aware of the gaps that my country has especially in my area: education. I hope I can make important contributions in this field.