Getting off ‘the rock’
I was born and raised in Jersey, so I’m technically classed as an international student. Moving to Plymouth to study has meant that I have not only had to adapt to a different city, but an entirely different country as well. Even though many students from Jersey seem to have the same idea and relocate to the South coast of England to study, I’ve only encountered a few Jersey students in Plymouth, so I have had to embrace meeting new people and making a completely new set of friends.
Staying in Jersey, or sticking with other friends who got off ‘the rock’, would have been a safe option. So the idea of relocating to somewhere new, without too many geographic or cultural differences, really appealed. Jersey has a strong influence of French culture and I can see the similarities on the South West coast, especially in areas like the Barbican in Plymouth, for example – it has a unique atmosphere.
It sounds like a small thing to care about, but it was always really important to me when I was looking at where to study. It makes Plymouth feel more like home.