Student Life: Anthony Onum

RREF_Anthony_onumRREF speaks to a current student about their university experience at Reading today.

By Susannah Campbell, Student Engagement & Events Coordinator

RREF talked with Anthony Onum a current MSc Real Estate student from Nigeria who is studying at the Henley Business School about his time and experience.

Coming from abroad how have you found studying in the UK?
Studying for a Master’s degree in the UK, is a dream come true for me. One of the most interesting things about studying in the UK is not just the exposure to top notch education but the opportunity to view the world from a global perspective. Meeting people from diverse backgrounds and cultures has broadened my horizons. It is an opportunity to acquire knowledge in and outside the class room.

How have you found University life, and juggling academic and social activities?
University life is fun! Especially for someone like me who had to come back for a masters after 7 years, bringing back memories of my days as an undergrad. In terms of juggling academic with social activities, I would say it has been quite easy managing my time as during Induction week we were well orientated on vital skills and strategies required for optimum performance.

What would a typical day be like for you?
Doing my Masters course is real business and does demand the highest level of time management as lectures are quite intense, as is expected of such a prestigious institution. But there has also been great opportunities to have a well-balanced life. On a normal day, if I am not having lectures then you might find me relaxing and discussing with other classmates and I often spend my evenings writing songs or making paintings.

What social activities are you involved in?
I am passionate about going out there and getting things done, I am currently the PG Faculty Rep of Henley Business School, a Volunteer with the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) and I am also the International Students Rep on the MSc Real Estate course. I strongly believe in creating change and sharing my gifts with others. I think it takes one willing heart and a generous spirit to steer others in the path of change and progress.

What will be the best experience you will take away from Uni?
Undoubtedly the one thing I will miss about my stay in a UK university is being able to learn again and grow in the mind has been the most exquisite experience so far. As an International student from Nigeria I now feel like I can give something back, to not just my country but Africa.

What advice would you give to students?
I would encourage other aspiring International students to grab every opportunity to feel this unique experience.

What else has made you appreciate your time here?
It has also been good to know that my welfare and wellbeing was not neglected in a place like University of Reading as I was fortunate to have been a recipient of a £1000 bursary from RREF, to assist me in making up my finances.

Looking back, there is so much to be grateful and thankful for. I am glad to be associated with Henley Business School and to be connected to the Reading Real Estate Foundation.

If you would like any more information on how RREF supports current students, or would like to know how to help please contact the RREF Development at or on 0118 378 8860.


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