RGU welcomes over 16,000 international students every academic year. If you are one of them, you can join one of RGU Union’s cultural societies to meet people that share the same background as you. Dietetics student Xiang shares how she had the best first year at university as part of the Malaysian, Bruneian and Singaporean (MBS) Society.
Joining the MBS Society to settle in Aberdeen and meet new people
Before I came to the university, a Singaporean student from RGU introduced me to the MBS society. She shared with me the different events they do and her experience being part of the society. After further consideration, I decided to join as I was unfamiliar with the new environment in Aberdeen back then.
Meeting other students from similar cultural backgrounds made me feel welcome. Additionally, being part of the society has broadened my horizons and opened up the doors for new experiences. Being able to explore the city with other international students has helped me adapt to my new environment.
Attending society events and making friends
The society organises great hangouts through events such “Meet and Eat”, Halloween celebrations, and movie nights for example. There are also opportunities to build bonds with other members through sports such as bowling and badminton. This year we also collaborated with another university to expand our network!
The MBS Society was the starting point for me to make friends in Aberdeen. Besides society events, my friends and I hang out and explore different cafes or help each other with our academic studies.
Having the best university experience
Joining the MBS Society has enriched my university experience. It enabled me to widen my connections and meet people who share common interests. Being part of the committee also helped me gain valuable skills, improving my communication and problem-solving skills. These are learnings that will stick with me for life.
There are tons of amazing memories we shared as a society. But if I have to choose my favourite, it will be when other students introduced me to various places around Aberdeen, for example, the beach, the cafes around the city centre and more! That gave me a perfect first impression of Aberdeen and what I could expect from living here.
My future at the society
I will be part of the society this academic year too and I am excited to see how it will grow with new experiences for the members! The great thing is that the society is for everyone. It is not just restricted to students from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Though it is a relatively small society, there are members from all parts of the world with varied backgrounds and nationalities.
I would highly recommend that other people join the MBS society as it is a homely community where we all help each other to ease the transition from the comforts of home to independent student life. We share personal experiences and advice with each other. It is also an opportunity to meet new people, try new things and learn more about yourself too!
Xiang Han Ang