“I feel like I belong here”
Marta-Stefania Ungureanu had always dreamt of studying at a prestigious university. A President’s Scholarship gave this talented student the opportunity to realise that goal.
“When I was in primary school, I read in the newspapers about smart Romanians studying at top universities in the UK and USA, and I always wanted to be one of them. Now I am at Imperial, I feel like I belong here. It is so inspiring to meet other students from all around the world.
Moving to another country is never easy, but my President’s Scholarship was very helpful, enabling me to pay my rent and settle into my new home. In my first year I lived in Xenia Hall, right in central London. Every evening, I would walk home across the Golden Jubilee Bridge, admire the views of the London Eye and Big Ben, and think: ‘I made it’.
I would like to thank everyone who supports the President’s Scholarship Fund. What you’re doing is wonderful – helping students regardless of their background, nationality or anything other than their academic performance. Apart from the financial help, the award also boosts our confidence. It says to us: ‘we believe you can do it.’”