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A student’s experience at the London School of Business and Management I started my first year in Business Studies at the London School of Business and Management in September 2014. It was a completely new environment, but I wanted to meet new people and learn new things. Studying in Central London has many benefits; you are in the heart of one of the most multicultural cities in the world. This multinational perspective was evident in my lectures and it has given me an understanding of the global nature of the business world.
What first comes to mind when I think about my experience this year are my lecturers. Most of our lecturers are young, so they relate to how we feel about studying. They are enthusiastic and use different approaches to pass on information in their lectures, rather than just using the same traditional style of teaching.
Before I started, I wasn’t sure of the career I wanted to follow. My marketing lecturer is fun and enthusiastic about teaching, and he is passionate about the subject. As the module progressed, I developed an interest in marketing, and I now have an academic and professional route I would like to follow in the future.
During the first lectures the students got to know each other and the lecturers taught us the basics of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with its self-service portal, extra study materials, posted lectures and discussion boards.
I found the beginning of the course quite challenging due to the new subjects; they were harder than I had anticipated. However, the lecturers were skilled in relating the subjects they taught to our day-to-day lives, which made it a lot easier to understand. I was in some study groups; and we helped eachother in subject areas we were struggling with - this proved helpful during exams. Our lecturers also organised extra revision sessions for us. In some of these we could practice improving our assessment skills such as essay writing and time management.
I have developed many skills, such as report writing and delivering presentations - improving my employability significantly. I can now present ideas with confidence and professionalism. I have also become better at handling the pressure of a greater work load and now organise my time and work more efficiently.
Social life is an important part of the university experience, and Freshers parties account for a lot of the fun at the start of the year. I enjoyed the first few parties I attended, in particular, setting the Guinness record for the most people dressed as Spider-Man in the Student Central building with students from University College London, the Royal Academy of Arts, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and my friend from the London School of Economics. This event allowed me to meetmany new people from around the world, including France, the U.S.A and China, and I ended up hanging out with many of them during the semester. Plus – it didn’t hurt to receive a free Spider-Man costume to keep.
I wouldn't have believed it possible to change so much in one year!
One year at the London School of Business and Management and I am a changed man! :)
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