My name is Jinal, I am international student from India. I started my journey with Birmingham City University International College in 2018 where I did my Foundation year. Since then, I have gained many skills, knowledge, and experience that I have forgotten to keep count of. I’ve been a Student Ambassador, Academic Leader, Buddy for International Welcome week, I was founder of BCUIC Society and Secretary of Italian Society.
In 2020, I got elected as BCUSU’s Vice President Equity & Inclusion and got elected as Vice President Opportunities & Community in 2021. I had two different experiences as I was elected during COVID times, it was challenging to keep the engagement and support our students as much as possible. We gave our best to fulfil our manifestos and work alongside different stakeholders to deliver the best experience to students during a difficult time. My second year was hybrid, where we delivered our Big Welcome with a blast. Honestly, becoming an Officer was life changing as it boosted up my confident, skills and knowledge and now it is helping me a lot when I am back as a student.
I have been part of the #IAMBCU campaign, where my story was published and we had photoshoot which was used for Open Days and advertised around Birmingham and internationally too. I had privilege to do photoshoot with British Council to encourage students from all over the world to study in UK.
Lastly, I had a wonderful opportunity to be intern for India Global Forum where there were Global leaders discussing international business, Growth & Partnership and my role was to provide student point of view. During this internship I had privilege to meet Prince Charles, Boris Johnson (who was Prime Minster in 2021), Priti Patel and Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India).
Now, I am in my Second Year of studying BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science. Biomedical Sciences is a multidisciplinary field focused on understanding human health and disease. It combines biology, chemistry, and genetics, emphasising lab work and research. At the moment, I am studying pharmacology which is all about how different drugs reacts to body and Clinical Biochemistry.
Apart from studies, I like to keep myself engaged and active, so I decided to stay where I feel confident and part of family which is BCUSU. Currently, I have many roles at BCUSU, which are Student Receptionist, also worked as Supervisor for the Big Welcome, Student Voice Assistance, School Rep and Student Trustee. Also, during my free time I love cooking new dishes and honestly, I cook really amazing food [because that’s what my family and friends says ;)]
I am passionate about student experience which is why I want to give my best to have a wonderful experience as well as make other students’ experience best.