“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
J K Rowling
Hello, Manchester and hello again readers from all around the world who have been following my posts! Thanks for doing so. I’d like to begin by saying that ever since I decided to embark into this journey of writing this blog about my days in Manchester I have had such an incredible experience. Being able to look back into so many gracious moments and putting them into words has been very satisfying. My journal of memories lies here as an open book for you (if you’re still hesitating to come and have the best time of your life at Alliance Manchester Business School) and for all my classmates, who have been my companions into this roller-coaster of an adventure, to read and recall.
June has been following a faster pace than the previous months. Probably due to the fact that the classes are over and most of us are not ruled by a fixed schedule. Some of us do, in order to make the most out of every day and finish our dissertation work in order to enjoy all of the events that have been happening lately. Being a student in Manchester is more than just the pressure of deadlines and the long routines of hard work to cope with assignments. It is more than attending classes and conferences, which is already a very high bar considering the quality of education that this University provides. Being a student in Manchester is being exposed to a vast range of possibilities that only few cities like this would be able to provide.
What is student life without the leisure counterpart? With our dissertation in progress, some of us decided to work in a faster speed to be able to enjoy some days off around Europe or the UK. I went for the second one. Right after the end of classes, in that little break before the beginning of our dissertation period, I decided to make a road trip with a bunch of friends from my programme to the south of England. The journey was mesmerising and I would like to invite anyone who is studying in the UK to go on and do it. We rented a car in Manchester and over a week we covered a whole bunch of places such as Cambridge, Oxford, Stonehenge, Isle of Portland, Durdle Door, Bath, Stratford, Liverpool, Blackpool and Cardiff in Wales. We even went to a safari! Needless to say that it was a great and fun adventure.
But that was not all of it. Over the past weeks, there have been so many events going on that they have motivated us to speed up our endeavours to be able to enjoy our time here. Just to mention some: the final of the Champions League and the UEFA Euro 2016 have turned my classmates into pub-squatters over the past days. The concert of COLDPLAY in the Etihad Stadium was with no doubt one of the best experiences of my life!! With the stadium packed to its maximum capacity and every single person wearing a wristband that lighted to the tune of the songs… It was something epic!! Then came AC/DC and Parklife and sometimes I wonder how different my experience would have been if I studied in a different city. That’s just one of many reasons that I’ve cherished and will always cherish being a student in Manchester.
I wouldn’t like to end the blog without sharing the news that I had the honour to be invited to attend a breakfast welcoming Lord Alliance of Manchester. I had always had an idea of him in my mind and was so excited about the prospect of meeting him. Needless to say once again that —as most of my experiences in Manchester— it exceeded my expectations. Me and two MBA colleagues and a PHD student, along with Professor Fiona Devine, Elaine Ferneley and Paula Hyde had a very pleasant time discussing about relevant topics.
I can tell that talking with Lord Alliance about the fringe benefits of failure and the importance of perseverance was such an insightful conversation that made me realise how far can we go in life and still remain with the feet on the ground and a humble heart.
Hope you found this entry entertaining and look forward to the next and last entry of this journal of memories. Have a great time!