Jessica Phlipot

USA, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition

We’ve had a lot of guest speakers come in for our lectures that have been past students who’ve taken the same course as me. They talk about what they’re doing now career-wise and everything, so that’s really reassuring to see that you can get a job after college.

Jessica Phlipot - USA, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition

What attracted you to the UK? 
I really liked the Sport and Exercise Nutrition programme here and Oxford’s beautiful. I had never been to the UK before coming here, so it was a big jump but I’ve loved every second of it so far. I knew it would give me the opportunity to go see other countries too, which I have had the pleasure of doing.  

What was your experience of arriving at Brookes University?
I actually had my parents come with me and help me move, which was really really helpful, and they got to come over here too.  They had never been to the UK before either, so they got to see a lot and do a lot.  I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. No way.  

What was it like to leave the USA?  
I was the first person in my family to really leave the country.  We’re kind of small town, Ohio people.  I don’t really do out of the country travelling. I’d been talking about for like two or three years before I actually did it.  When I told my parents they were just kind of ‘Yeah okay’.  The time got closer, they were like ‘Are you really going to do it?  Like can you really be away for a year?’ I also have a boyfriend back home. Long distance relationship which was another hard thing to leave, but it’s working. It was really scary, a lot of emotions were felt. I’ve ended up really loving it here.  And I’m obviously excited to go home but it’s been like a really good experience that money can’t really buy. 
My parents I think they really loved it here. They want to come back actually.  I think they might come back around August and we might do a little more travelling to like Ireland and Scotland maybe. They liked it enough to come back, so I think that says something.
What parts of studying abroad do you most enjoy?  
I think I just really enjoy the opportunity of like meeting people from all over the country who are interested in the same things that I am, so it’s been a lot of fun.  

What facilities do you have on your course?
I’m in the human performance lab a lot for lab and stuff, so we do a lot of exercise testing and stuff like that. We’re in like groups of like three or four.  But we use everyone’s data to write up stuff.  

What is your favourite place in Oxford?
There’s actually a place on Cowley called George and Delila’s and they have like wonderful bagel sandwiches.  I go there on Sunday mornings a lot to have a coffee and a bagel sandwich. And they also have ice-cream if you want something sweet.

Do you think your courses have prepared you for your career?  
We’ve had a lot of guest speakers come in for our lectures that have been past students who’ve taken the same course as me. They talk about what they’re doing now career-wise and everything, so that’s really reassuring to see that you can get a job after college.