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Rachita Shah (BSc Biochemistry 2012)

Rachita was a recipient of the University's prestigious IB scholarship which enabled her to come and study at Reading. 


I come from the beautiful city of Mombasa, Kenya where I was born and brought up. After my IB Diploma, I arrived at the University of Reading for a BSc in Biochemistry for a duration of 3 years. Currently, I am enrolled at the University of Nottingham studying MSc Clinical Microbiology.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

The University of Reading has a fantastic campus, with lots of greenery, grounds, buildings and people. The course, facilities and research at the University were a big attraction when choosing Universities for my undergraduate degree.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Reading has excellent connections with all major cities in the UK, making it easier for an international student like me to get settled in well and not have a chance to feel homesick. The town centre is lovely with a wide range of shops, restaurants and social hangouts which made student life even more enjoyable!

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Be able to prioritise between studies, social life, sports/interests and personal time. All have their importance and to be successful, all need their own attention. University years will be one of the best times of your life so make the most of it, however with the thought in mind as to what your aim was when you applied for further studies. 

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

After completing my Undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, I followed my interests to study a master’s degree in Clinical Microbiology. I am hoping to specialise my qualifications.

How has your degree helped in your chosen career path?

My degree has given me a greater and deeper understanding of my academic interests which helps me appreciate what is happening in the world today and keep up with the research and discoveries. I am also able to connect better with institutes, scientific jargon and medical terms.

What University activities are you still involved with and why do you volunteer?

I currently am an International Alumni Ambassador for Kenya and international students already in the UK, advising them about the University. I am involved in the Swimming team at the University and I am also part of the East African Society. I volunteer to be part of these activities to be able to bond with other students with the same interests as me. I also enjoy getting to know other people with different backgrounds than me, to be able to have an open mind.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

3 years of someone’s life may not seem too much, but to me, meant a great deal. From making lifelong friends, education on an advanced level, visiting cities and places I had never been, I would say the University and its experiences meant shaping my personality and character to what I am today. I would not be able to pick one favourite memory as there were more than just a few!

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