We are the proud students of the first ever cohort of the Fluid Mechanics Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) at Imperial College London. We started our studies for the program with the one year Masters in Research (MRes) in October 2014, with nervous excitement. We come from a wide range of backgrounds some of us having only studied abroad before, some only in the UK and others with a mixture. We also brought together different disciplines; mathematics, engineering and physics as well as varying amounts of industry experience. But, in hindsight, the most enriching aspect was definitely the wide variety of cultures that we share (Chinese, Indian, Welsh, English, Irish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese).