The opportunity arose to experience Lovely Professional University in India with a like-minded group of people- and I knew I wanted to be a part of the lucky candidates selected!
Having the chance to visit India and the Lovely Professional University (LPU) was an opportunity that I am thankful I did not miss. The team of faculty looking after us were very hospitable and made us feel like we were VIPs, facilitating our every wish (the practical ones anyway).
In order to be part of the team lucky enough to go on this trip, I had to apply amongst any other students who wished to go. This included a short biography indicating what I thought I would get out of the trip and how I could link the potential outcomes to the Environment Health programme which I am studying.
Every day was planned with precision for all 13 of us to gain the most out of the trip. I must admit – at the beginning of the trip, we struggled a bit with the heat (47°c most days) but we were well looked after with plenty of bottled water at our disposal. Most days started with yoga, and by the end of the trip everyone could feel how much their flexibility had improved. After yoga we would have our breakfast spread which put us in good stead for the day.
Lectures at LPU
We were fortunate enough to be taught some of the different subjects that LPU have to offer. These lectures included computational neuroscience, crime scene investigation, food safety, bio risk management, dietary probiotics, spectroscopy and nutrition. With master classes in Indian cookery and some traditional Indian dancing classes!
This was a new learning experience for me as some of these lectures aren’t offered at Cardiff Met, however I noticed that some of them had similarities to the courses I study on the Environmental Health programme- which I found fascinating! After attending these, my interests broadened which lead to me reading more in to the specific subjects.
We were treated to many trips out of the university that educated us on some of the Indian culture.
These trips included a visit to the Punjabi village concept restaurant, Golden Temple, Lovely Sweets, Coca Cola factory, the Pakistan border, SPS hospital, Jange Azadi Museum and we also visited a local village with a Sikh mosque.
Learning about the Indian and Punjab sacrifice at the Jange Azadi Museam and later on seeing the site at which it happened, made me feel sad and made me realise to not take my independence for granted.
Before going on the trip, I was worried about the traveling aspect as I don’t travel well usually. However, this experience of a lifetime helped me to push my limits and overcome situations that I would usually shy away from. Thanks to Cardiff Met offering this trip I now have more self-confidence and enthusiasm for future long-haul trips.
Towards the end of the trip, Supriya who is the deputy director of international relations for LPU, offered me a job within her team. Becoming part of this team would involve ensuring the best welfare of visiting groups to the university. This is a decision that I will need to make while I complete my degree but I believe that this trip has set me up with the confidence and knowledge for perusing some work experience within the team at LPU.
There are plenty of opportunities for any student who wishes to travel abroad. Cardiff Met facilitates many trips throughout the academic year on many courses. These trips aren’t always as part of a group and can involve solo travel. These connections made by faculty members are invaluable to our student experience and help students to complete work placements overseas with trusted partnerships around the globe.
Thank you Cardiff Met for the trip of a lifetime!