Andrew Zhen Ning Yong -Physics
Degree programme: Theoretical Physics
Year of study: Second
Why did you choose to study at Royal Holloway?
I chose to study here at Royal Holloway for a couple of main reasons. Namely, my aspirations to have a researching career in particle physics aligns very well with the vision of the Physics department – that is, to produce individuals who are well-equipped in the knowledge of physical science and a broad range of important life skills. On the aesthetics front, I have always wanted to experience a campus life and sure enough, I was captivated by the mix of urban and natural layout. If you have been on a tour around campus, you would know what I mean!
What do you enjoy most about Theoretical Physics?
Since studying at Royal Holloway, I have experienced a pleasant transition of working style from school to university. In the latter, one is no longer just working diligently for the exams – the way knowledge is distributed as well as the enthusiasm exhibited by academic staff here at Royal Holloway are brilliant at culturing critical thinking and generating inspirations. For me, it has motivated me to learn, not exclusively for a good grade, but also out of intellectual curiosity and a love for the subject.
What is your favourite thing about being a student at Royal Holloway?
As an international student from Malaysia myself, I have to say my favourite aspect as a student here at Royal Holloway is the opportunity to meet other people from all around the world. Here we have over 2,000 students from abroad – and that is not even including students from the European Union! With bright minds hailing from over 100 countries, I have really enjoyed being immersed in an environment so rich in diversity.
What is the student life like?
I believe the student life here at Royal Holloway is very well-balanced. There seems to be a misconception that the university is isolated from the rest of the world, but really we are in good proximity to a lot of attractions. For instance, Windsor is merely a 20 minute bus journey, the alternative being a stroll through the beautiful Windsor Deer Park. There is also a frequent train journey that takes one to London Waterloo under an hour, so despite being located outside of London itself, it seems to me to be an advantage of being at a close enough distance to enjoy all sorts of London adventures without the city life distractions.
Moreover, there are over 70 societies and 30 sports clubs run by the Students' Union. They range from the usual favourites such as tennis, hockey but also a broad range of cultural societies, Ballroom and Latin Dancing, and even a music video production society called Reel Music! One thing is for sure – there is always something for everyone!