Ramatu Umar Bako graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2017 with a master's in Global Conflict and Peace Processes. In this blog she shares why she decided to return to the classroom as a mature student and how the skills learnt while studying in the UK helped her become Head of Influencing and Public Engagement at Oxfam Nigeria.
福利微拍I went back to education while raising a family, many years after my first degree in Law and with many years of work experience. I was privileged to study as a . As a mature student, I used the opportunity to learn, relearn and unlearn the prejudices and stereotypes I held about different people and cultures. It was an opportunity for me to really understand myself and what I wanted out of my life.
‘I used the opportunity to learn, relearn and unlearn the prejudices and stereotypes I held about different people and cultures.’
福利微拍Before my master's course I had been a lifelong traveller to the UK, but I can assure you that visiting and living in the UK are two different experiences. As a visitor, you see things through a different lens. I am happy to say that studying in the UK has been the best experience of my life. Initially, I thought academic work would be easy having years of experience writing and reviewing reports, but I quickly realised that academic writing is different from social writing. The intense research, citations and fear of plagiarism was a lot of pressure. Gathering sources and references was a challenge.
福利微拍The highlight of my UK university experience was studying and engaging with students from around the world. The opportunity to learn from a diverse team of lecturers from different countries was another advantage as their teaching styles highlighted their multiple realities. I found my volunteering experience at Alzheimer’s Scotland very enriching and rewarding too.
‘I am happy to say that studying in the UK has been the best experience of my life.’
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