Why did you choose your course at the University of Birmingham?

The Department of English Language and Linguistics has distinguished faculties in multimodal iconicity (one of my research interests) in the UK. This bit is not isolated but related to psycholinguistic and cognitive linguistic realms in the department, generating a full-scale view of human languages.

What have been your highlights so far in undertaking your research and why? How have you been supported with your research?

The highlights would be the weekly seminars, which introduced me to state-of-the-art topics and insights not only from our department but also from the world and enable me to think outside the box. I get feedback and advice from my supervisors via monthly meetings and from random chats in the hallways. Through weekly Postgraduate Tips we build up our community, sharing the feelings and shaking off fears and anxiety by offering practical solutions to the difficulties. We also incorporate the deaf community, through which we witness the signed languages and understand the world from a different perspective and through a different modality.

What have you learnt from your course? How has it prepared you for your future career?

I’ve learnt to express rather than hide. I am at the stage of filling knowledge gaps, with an intention to enhance my skills in data analysis.

What has surprised you most about being a student at the University of Birmingham?

The thriving liveliness and diversity aside from academic rigor and immersion.

What have you enjoyed most about living and studying in Birmingham? What have been your favourite things to do in the city?

My favourite thing to do is wandering, sometimes jogging, around the meadows near my accommodation.