November 2016: First experiences of Manchester

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My first day in Manchester was wet! It was raining all day long. I was initially surprised with the climate of the UK which is different from my hometown but I’ve got used to it now.

During induction week, I had a chance to explore the city and campus. I joined the city bus tour which is free of charge for all new students of The University of Manchester. The University also provide a number of clubs and activities for the students to participate outside of the traditional school day during their academic year. In addition, AMBS also gave me the information on the courses and what to expect.

In the first semester, I’m studying the Corporate Financial Reporting, Cross-Sectional Econometrics, Essential of Finance and Portfolio Investment. These subjects are different from what I studied in my undergraduate – the Masters course is advanced which needs more effort and independent study hours. I take 12 hours of classes a week and at least 2 hours daily on my private study to go over what I have learned. There are 3 group work assignments in the first semester which are due by the winter break. The final exam will be after winter break.

I balanced my study life and social life by spending my weekend doing something else. I often go to the city centre for shopping, dining, watching movies and exploring Greater Manchester. I have visited many famous places in Manchester such as the Old Trafford stadium, the Trafford Centre, John Rylands Library, The Manchester museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and so on. I plan to visit other cities around the UK in the near future and Europe during the Easter break.

This is just the beginning of my life in Manchester and I hope this academic year will be another good year.

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