In honour of an upcoming Thanksgiving Day celebrated in the US, I want to write what I am thankful for this year.
I am thankful to the IMFSE program for giving me an amazing opportunity to spend two years in Europe to obtain an advanced degree at excellent universities and work with exceptionally talented people. IMFSE is truly a one-of-a-kind program:
- Consists of a diverse group of students who share a common mission and interests.
- Has established in its short existence an excellent reputation within the fire safety engineering community
- Has a course structure that embodies the current and future needs of fire safety
- Affords an opportunity of mobility to see and experience the world.
I am spending my first semester at The University of Edinburgh along with six other IMFSE students. It seems like we started the courses just yesterday, but already is about to finish. These two months were more than enough to get to know my classmates in this wonderful program – Seven students from seven different countries with seven different backgrounds and seven different personalities who became one diverse family. Although we are different,we complement each other: wisdom, wit, kindness, openness, mischief, sarcasm, fuss. A family that is always open to help you overcome your insecurities. A family that makes sure you are on track in your studies and not lagging. A family that I have come to trust in a short period of time. I am thankful to have this newly-gained diverse family.
Although busy and feeling the stress of pending exams, the excitement of what comes after overshadows the worry and gives me motivation to go forward. Our next stop, Lund, is where we will get to know our other classmates, who are now in Ghent. I am sure the next semester will be as memorable as this one.
To all who celebrate Thanksgiving Day: Happy Thanksgiving!
To all who are getting ready for the final exams: Good luck!