Chevening Scholarships – Julius Alejandre
When I was looking for universities that I
wanted to apply for when I got the Chevening Scholarship I saw the name Bangor on the Chevening
website and I got curious and I Googled it and then I saw these amazing videos, promotional
videos which were very convincing and very effective in influencing me to choose Bangor
eventually. I’m taking Public Health and Health Promotion and I really like how the course
is structured in terms of its module, especially the module in Social and Behavioural Sciences.
As someone who wants to specialise in Social and Behavioural Strategies for Health, learning
and understanding social and behavioural models are very important. Also I like how our professors
require us to write newspaper articles about public health concepts , which are very technical
because it trains me on how to write this very hard concepts using simple languages.
Getting a Chevening Scholarship is an amazing experience. For me it’s like winning a lottery.
I mean I don’t really know how it feels to win a lottery but the feeling is just so real.You
feel like you’re on cloud nine, just knowing that among 55,000 that applied worldwide and
that you’re one of the 3 per cent who got into the scholarship is just a lifetime achievement.
More than that I feel that being awarded a scholarship has a sense of responsibility
because you’re expected to contribute to your country when you come back and improve all
the things like, for myself I want to help contribute on how to improve the health system
in my country. In general the experiences – absolutely amazing. I really like the community
and surroundings – just walking the high street and see people smiling at you, they’re very
warm. I really enjoy the sea and mountains just like – going to Snowdon or going to the
beach is very amazing. So as a Chevening Scholar I am expected to go back to my country and
contribute all my experiences here in the UK to help contribute and improve our health sector. I’m particularly going to back to my previous job which is in the National Council of the
Department of Health of the Philippines. I also plan to extend my network by being involved
in a lot of voluntary activities like LGBT rights, HIV prevention and mental health.