"I am Yang Sern Kang and a 21 year old BSc (Hons) Podiatry student from Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia."
Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?
"I think Scotland is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the UK, along with its unique culture and traditions. Everyone knows about kilts, bagpipe players or ceilidh dances, and even the Loch Ness Monster legend, but there is more to Scotland than these iconic elements.
"Scotland is known for its friendly welcome, and that’s no myth. Scottish people are glad to help people from all over the world, giving a warm welcome, along with their distinct accent. They are full of banter, although I sometimes just laugh without understanding a word people are saying.
"I would say the best experience I’ve had in Scotland so far was visiting the Highlands and Isle of Skye, where I was offered breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and experienced thick snow for the first time. I’m only in Year Two, so I still have plenty of time to visit the wonders that Scotland has to offer and I look forward to travelling on the iconic Hogwart’s Express."
Why did you choose to study BSc (Hons) Podiatry at QMU?
"I chose podiatry because of its specialisation in the lower limb. This includes a range of clinical practices such as diabetes, sports injuries, biomechanics, nail surgery, wound care, paediatrics, biomechanics and orthotic manufacture. This will open up a spectrum of roles and a lifetime full of opportunity.
"I see podiatry as a profession on the rise, especially in Malaysia where one fifth of the population have or had diabetes due to our diet rich in carbohydrates.
"I also chose to study the course at QMU because it is approved and recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and this is strengthened by the excellent links QMU has with the NHS across Scotland. I stand by QMU’s approach to learning and teaching by believing that clinical practice and experience (placement) are of major importance. QMU appreciates that clinical practice is core to healthcare and therefore helps students prepare from year one, unlike the other universities."
What has been the highlight of the course for you so far?
"The most interesting part of the course is clinical placement. We get practical hands-on experience in preparation for practice by treating real patients and trying to diagnose their problems and complaints accurately. It’s enjoyable to have conversations with your patients and just share our experiences."
Story Published 2017 -2018