The first semester is finished, and I am excited to head into the second semester. Let me share with you a typical day in my MBA journey.
I normally wake up at 7.30am in the morning to prepare for the class, which usually starts at 9.30am. We usually have two classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I live in Bowsden Court, which is university accommodation, and it only takes me around 30 minutes to reach the Business School.
We have a dedicated room for MBA students on the fifth floor of the Business School, so there is no need to run from one room to another room between classes.
Normally we have one class in the morning and one class in the afternoon. The classes are interactive and involve a lot of group discussion and idea sharing. Our MBA cohort has 10 nationalities with diverse professional backgrounds, so the class discussions are very interesting and knowledgeable which helps me gain insightful information.
Besides lectures and classes, sometimes we will have extra-curricular activities and classes. Guest speaker talks, interactive workshops, networking opportunities and so on. My most interesting session so far has been with Mr Robert Tibbo – a famous Canadian human rights lawyer on the topic of whistle-blowers and how to be a responsible leader.
We also receive support from the Careers team. I especially enjoy 1-1 sessions as I receive advice on improving my CV and using LinkedIn which is useful for international students who want to pursue a career in the UK.
The break between classes is one or two hours. We often use this break to chit-chat and hang out with classmates. Those times help me experience different cultures and exchange knowledge with classmates. Sometimes lunches are offered inside classes by the University so we could enjoy lunch together, having time to discuss and talk with each other and guest speakers.
The class usually ends around 4.30pm in the afternoon. I sometimes find some extra activities at the university to join. The Newcastle University Student Union (NUSU) are very active in offering several activities outside class, ranging from crafting sessions to sports activities like badminton, boxing, and netball.
Sometimes, I go out for a drink or food with my classmates. We know how to have fun together, despite the extensive workload from the study. Monthly, I also join other activities offered by the University, such as networking sessions, seminars, and other student services.
I usually come home around 7pm and after eating dinner, I prepare for tomorrow’s class and do some homework. I also spare some time to check social media and chat with my friends and family as a relaxing time.
During weekends when I’m not in class, I like to explore some new activities to take part in. There are several museums and art galleries in Newcastle that you can visit for free such as Baltic Museum, The Great North Museum, Laing Art Gallery and so on. There are also a lot of green spaces such as Leazes park or Jesmond Dene where you can escape the bustling of the city, enjoy the fresh air, and immerse yourself in nature. Walking in the park is one of my favourite activities to recharge my energy.