So this is it, my final blog entry for AMBS. I’ve been submitting blog entries every month since my first year and writing my final blog entry is a bittersweet feeling. I’ve graduated on the 13th of July with first-class honours and the Dean’s Award for Bsc (Hons) Accounting and I am very grateful that my parents and friends were here to share the moment with me.
The past 3 years has been amazing and I have so much to be grateful for.
1. I’ve met people from all over the world that I really bonded with. The thought of some of my friends leaving and us not being able to see each other again for some time really makes me sad. We were a relatively small cohort of 48 and we were really close. We’ve done so many things together from camping in The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons in order to complete our assignments to going for night outs together. The bright side is that I will probably get free accommodation all around the world whenever I visit them! 🙂
2. I’ve travelled to so many countries during my time here. I’ve visited a few European countries during the Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks and I really enjoyed it. I think this was when I realised I am also quite interested in photography. I feel like I learn quite a lot whenever I travel mainly because I become more aware of the country’s history and I really enjoy spending time at their museums.
3. I managed to get work experience in my first year. Being able to secure a summer week placement with PwC in my first year really made securing a graduate job much easier for me compared to my peers. This is because after my first year, PwC continued to offer the option to do a 6 week summer placement or year long placement with them in my second year which subsequently led to a graduate role. The working culture here is different to the working culture at home and I am very grateful that I was given this exposure.
4. I am grateful for some of the lecturers and staff members that went out of their way to make sure that our university experience was the best it could be. Constantly checking up on us and making sure we know we have someone to go to if we were struggling.
I don’t think I will every be able to express what I feel about the past three years in words. All I know is that it was amazing and I will not trade it for anything. Hopefully the next few years will also be as eventful and satisfying. Goodbye Manchester, I’ll see you soon!