Nisa Haji Masir

Country of origin: Brunei Darussalam

Masters student at LUMS

Nisa started the MSc in HR & Knowledge Management at LUMS after completing her undergraduate degree.

Coming from a far-away small country, I must admit that it was slightly daunting coming to the UK. Though Lancaster first caught my interest due to the continuously strong reputation of its Management School, the countryside location and reputation as the safest city in the UK made Lancaster the ideal place for me!

The most rewarding part of my degree in Management and Organisation was to receive the incredibly generous LUMS scholarship for three years consecutively. Such an award was not solely monetary but also motivational as it boosted my self-esteem. Being an international student, and knowing that my efforts were being noticed and appreciated, pushed me even harder to aim for the best.

Moreover, another key appeal of my degree was the fact that options were always open and I always felt  responsible for my own educational journey. For example, after my first year when I quickly discovered my interest in psychology, I was allowed to continue doing it until my final year.

With no lectures to attend in this subject, I found that the seminar packs that were distributed for reading in our own time and assignments that were usually only required by the end of every semester greatly encouraged me to adapt to independent learning, and enabled me to concentrate on strengthening my knowledge base at my own pace. Apart from the freedom and independence this gave, lecturers were always willing to spend their time and share their knowledge whenever needed.

During my final year, I was fortunate to be amongst the few students who were offered mentor positions for the first-year intakes. I had a weekly meeting with the reading group where we discussed the reading materials for their upcoming seminar sessions.

My Lancaster experience was definitely more than just getting a degree. Not only have I discovered so much more within me which I had never expected, I have also made friends for life, have my priorities sorted and most of all, learned so much about life as a whole. Looking back at how people repeatedly reminded me to pick the right university wisely, I can now proudly say that Lancaster was definitely the right one for me.

Upon graduating with a First Class honours degree I decided to stay on at Lancaster to study the MSc Human Resource and Knowledge Management.