Okay, let’s face it – third year was tough! I went into the final semester with a First Class in hand, knowing that it wouldn’t take that much to finally reach my goal of obtaining that desired mark of 70+%. However, exhaustion and the workload had their effects, and close to results day I was just praying for that 2:1. I ended up with a high 2:1 and I could finally make it official and claim my position as an incoming Risk Consultant at Deloitte. The joy got even better after my flatmate (who’s on the same course) found out that he had also got a 2:1 and was on for his job at KPMG in Dublin. We ended up sharing the bottle of Moet that we had planned to pop on the day of the graduation ceremony. We had to get a new one later.
The weeks before the graduation ceremony were pretty hazy. Our last night with the ‘gang’ ended up at K2 with karaoke on the evening’s agenda. We all ended up singing (read: attempted to sing) the most epic songs including Aerosmith’s ‘I don’t wanna miss a thing’ and Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’.
The next morning I decided to check in for a spa treatment at Radisson Blu, as my family would arrive in Manchester in the evening.
After picking them up at the airport, we dined at Jamie’s Italian in the city centre (I gave it five stars on Tripadvisor). As they were only staying in Manchester for one night, we had to make the most of the time while they were here, which meant that I had to sacrifice the world cup final. Family comes first.
On the big day, we got up around 6am and got ready for the graduation ceremony. We went early to pick up the robe at the Academy, as it tends to get pretty busy if you get there too late. The graduation ceremony went smoothly and much quicker than I had expected. The best part was, however, to meet all friends and their families outside afterwards, and let my family meet all the fellow students and lecturers I had talked about for three years. After more than 500 photos taken from the festivities, I had dim sum lunch in China Town with my family, where I also met some fellow students who had brought their families along. Although this was the official ‘goodbye’, I was happy to hear from most of my course mates and friends that they had either jobs or postgraduate degrees lined up. This year’s leavers are definitely living up to the expectations of MBS graduates.
I have now only a few more days in Manchester before I head home to Sweden for the summer. Then in late August, I will move back to the UK, but to London instead of Manchester this time. I’ve sold some of my things that I put on Gumtree.com, cashing in some funds for my holiday in Dubrovnik later this summer.
My two main goals of coming to Manchester were: i) getting a first class degree, and ii) get thousands of new friends. I managed to get a 2:1, but got a job offer before graduating instead, which I consider as an even better achievement. I will leave Manchester with not only thousands of new friends, but also valuable connections from a strong alumni network that I am extremely proud to be part of.
That’s it then – I’m signing out from MBS! Hope to be able to share some of my summer adventures with you soon, and I will keep you posted on how I get on with my new life as a Londoner. Stay safe and be good to each other!