It only seems like yesterday when I arrived in Manchester and had to fit my whole life into a 23kg suitcase. However, a glimpse at my planner tells me that the first half of this semester is already over and that I have spent two full months in this awesome city. People say that time flies when you are having fun and I certainly have an exciting and unique experience here!
Coming from a small town in Austria, the liveliness and friendliness of the city and its residents amazed me from the moment I left the plane. My arrival in Manchester also held a few little surprises. The first thing I noticed was the bright blue sky and that there was no rain in sight. The second realisation was a bit scarier when I realised that people drive on the wrong side of the road. However, I adjusted quickly to these cultural differences and accepted that bright blue skies are an occasional delight.
Manchester has a lot to offer and with the excellent public transport system, everything is very easy to reach. You can go to museums for free, enjoy exotic and local dishes, get lost while trying to decide what beer to order or explore old Victorian parts of town. Some of my personal highlights so far include having a traditional afternoon tea with some of the new friends I made, watching the Christmas Lights Switch-On in the pouring rain like a real Mancunian, experiencing my first bonfire night and going to the Bastille concert.
Coming from a country where societies and clubs basically do not exist at university, I was overwhelmed by the amount of possibilities I had. I took home dozens of flyers and made lists and timetables to figure out how I could join as many societies as possible. Now that my excitement has calmed down a little bit, I joined a realistic amount of societies which allows me to engage properly but also leave enough time to study.
My programme Corporate Communications and Reputation Management started with an incredible trip to Brathay in The Lake District. It was a nice opportunity to meet the people from my course and get to know them better. We had a lot of fun while trying to row a boat on Lake Windermere, climb trees or solve tricky problems together.
One of the things I like best about my course is that we all come from different cultures and countries. When we talk about practical examples or specific organisations, the class usually ends in a lively discussion about how things are dealt with in other countries. I am looking forward to spending more time with these amazing people who are full of ideas and who I already consider as my friends. Time management is one of the most important skills that you will need when studying at AMBS. Reading takes up a lot of time but if you are clever with it, you will have enough left to explore and experience what Manchester and England has to offer!