Happy Halloween first of all. I am just sitting here trying to figure out which costume to wear to tonight because I am going to a Halloween party with two of my friends from Germany who are here to visit me during reading week. We’ve done a little trip through Manchester at the beginning of the week and just when you think that you know the city pretty well you find a new interesting place to visit.
Yesterday we went to Liverpool – you can actually go there by coach really cheaply and it only takes you about one hour so take the chance to see Northwest England while you are studying at MBS.
In the next few days I will get my textbooks out to catch up on some work; mainly financial reporting and accountability and statistics for management. The amount of reading for financial reporting is just huge and it’s hard to stay on top of it because we are supposed to read different articles and passages from the textbook for each week.
Even though I’ve already done several topics in terms of the statistics module it is still really tricky. The lecturer goes through his powerpoint slides quite quickly and he uses different notations than I’m used to but once I take a look at the textbook and at my math notes I’ve brought from Germany it all becomes clear. So don’t give up just because you don’t understand something in the lecture; it might actually be really simple when you take a more in-depth look into the topic.
I am really glad that we were able to pick all but one of our modules this year. It gives you the opportunity to focus on the area you are most interested in and you do well in. I am not too fond of writing essays so since I mainly chose accounting modules I only have to write one essay as part of coursework and one essay-based exam so I will have a lot of exams each semester compared to students who focus on essay-based modules which often times only involves coursework.
I was asked to tell you something about the best place to eat on campus and I must say that University Place has quite good food but since I mostly cook myself I don’t eat out often for lunch. I go to Uni Place from time to time with friends in between lectures. You get a choice of different meals each day and when you pay with your student ID you get a 10 % discount each time. That’s the new Food in Advance scheme so you have to top-up your funds first before you can use your student ID to pay.
For IMABS students this month was really exciting. We had our year abroad meeting and learned about the different partner universities in North America we can go to and afterwards we had the chance to talk to exchange students from the American universities and fourth year IMABS students who have just returned from their year abroad. We have to make a list of our choices by next week and based on things like our first year grades and a motivation letter MBS will decide who gets to go where.
In the end it doesn’t matter where you will go because you having a great time depends on the people you meet and what you make of it not on the city where you will live.
When I went to the USA in 2007/2008 for a year I lived in Missouri, a state I had never even heard about until I found out I’d be living there for a year and I had an amazing time.