Jeanne Chng Ziqi got a headstart to her study abroad journey by attending a British boarding school in Malaysia. She believes her experience played a part in getting acceptance into five UK universities: King’s College London, University of Warwick, University of Bath, Lancaster University, and her ultimate choice, University College London (UCL).

I hope to dive deep into understanding how policymaking and global events impact the business environment on a macro and micro scale. Whether as an investor or a consultant in the future, I can apply the knowledge that I have learnt such as predicting the macroeconomic conditions to analyse companies, stocks and financial market as a whole,” Chng tells.

The 19-year-old has a clear vision for her career, and she worked hard to earn her spot at university. Her ultimate goal? Self empowerment through education and adventure. Study International caught up with Chng before she flies off to start her undergraduate course in economics — here’s what she had to say about the adventure ahead.

What is the first thing you plan to do once you arrive in London?

Watch a Shakespeare play in his hometown.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

The United Kingdom is renowned for its high-quality education and the qualifications are recognised worldwide. The icing on the cake about studying in the UK is that it offers travel connections to Europe. As a travel enthusiast, I have always had this insatiable thirst to explore different countries and cultures.

What attracted you to study at University College London and what was your application process like?

The vibrant student life and the great reputation for world-class research. The beginning of the application process was a little stressful, but I am glad to have gone through it by pulling myself together and with the help of my teachers and counsellors.

What activities do you look forward to participating in besides academics?

Social activities especially the MNight or Malaysian Night. It is a single or two-night theatre performance celebrating Malaysian culture. I am a proud citizen of Malaysia, which has such diversity and it would be a great pleasure for me to share my country with students from all around the world. On top of that, I enjoy getting involved in performances to show my passion for music, dance and drama.

What advice do you have for other students planning to study in the UK or apply to the same course or university as you?

Time management is crucial as there are a variety of things that you need to sort out from the application process to the student visa, accommodation and health insurance. It is also no secret that studying in the United Kingdom is expensive, hence plan your funding beforehand and research for scholarships.

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