Back to Manchester – Zeke



My name is Zeke, I have just started my second year at AMBS studying BSc Management with Industrial/Professional experience. I hope these blogs/reflections give you a small insight into what life is like for a second-year student studying at AMBS as well as giving something for me to look back on with fondness in a few years’ time.

If you are reading this blog, I would welcome your feedback with regards to topics/opportunities/issues that you would like to see addressed, for instance prospective AMBS students or current students…

First-year was a wonderful experience; meeting lots of new people, soaking up the culture in Manchester and achieving a first across my first year. However, second year appears a different beast. This year exams and coursework count towards 1/3 of my degree here and applications have already been for internship/placement schemes that start next summer. Whilst there is more pressure, it still feels just as exciting as last year, with the added advantage of being settled.

I knew there would be no gentle introduction this year, so in amongst working many hours in retail over summer to fund rent/textbooks, I made sure to see as much live music and culture as possible.

In April, with some luck and a good internet connection from Eduroam, I got tickets to Glastonbury Festival, seeing Radiohead, The National, The XX, Anderson. Paak, Metronomy, Sampha, Thundercat, Whitney… and countless others.

In July, I got the train to Brussels (via Brugge) and went to Rock Werchter festival, where I was lucky enough to see Radiohead again, as well as Arcade Fire (pictured), Foo Fighters, Bonobo etc. With some strict budgeting, it is possible to go to such events.

I have been back in Manchester for just under two weeks now, I have already had assessment centres in Leeds, countless seminars to prepare for and a lot of reading to do, but it feels different to last year as I have been able to choose all my course units. I am particularly enjoying ‘Research Methodology’ so far, it offers an unfamiliar perspective that is more philosophical than the business school modules of last year that were based on finance and accounting. Further, I am very much enjoying Macroeconomics, following on from Microeconomics in first year.

Despite there being more pressure and an increased workload, there is still time outside of AMBS, my contact hours are around 15 hours a week, with slightly more than 15 hours a week for private study currently (although I am fully expecting this to increase). There seems to be even more societies to get involved in this year, I am planning to get involved in the Live Music Society, Audio Academy, improve my 10k time (following on from the success of the Great Manchester Run from last year as part of the University’s ‘Purple Wave’),  and work alongside peer mentors within the business school.

Last week I managed to see my favourite band ‘The National’ at the O2 Apollo (front row), and went to the Warehouse Project to see Neuroscientist-turned-DJ ‘Floating Points’ and electronic artist ‘Daphni’.

I am certain the next blog will be focused on the internship hunt and reading week.

Thanks for reading,




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