When I received my official offer of study for the Master’s degree in International Marketing, I felt like I was finally shaping my future life, instead of simply letting things happen. I really felt the need to challenge myself and prove that I was able to overcome any possible difficulties.
When I landed at the Newcastle Airport I was still struggling to believe what was going on. I fully realised it when I entered my room in the student accommodation and I started crying, feeling so stupid for having actually believed that I could have lived one entire year away from my family. One year suddenly seemed incredibly long. But I also remember that the day after that, I was ready to discover what this city had to offer and was looking forward to meeting the other students that I was already in contact with on social media.
The next few weeks were simply amazing. every day there were different things to do, organised by the university to make the students feel part of a big, familiar group. The commitment of the university to make students feel welcome seemed incredible to me. I was used to the completely different Italian system, where no such events and welcome weeks are organised. This was the first thing that impressed me the most.
The second was the night life. To be honest, I think I have never seen such hilarious scenes like here in Newcastle. If you are familiar with the MTV reality show “Geordie Shore” you can get the most accurate idea about it; if you are not, well… you are missing A LOT. I definitely recommend you watch at least one episode of the show, because it really represents the Newcastle way of partying.
However, when classes started I realised once again how many differences there are with the education system I have always experienced.
- First of all, students are constantly interacting with each other, because of group works and seminars, having the chance to meet people from all over the world.
- Secondly, students are also required to be always focused on their studies, because essays are a common way to assess our preparation during the entire semester.
- Lastly, there is the exams period, that is two weeks long, with only one chance to pass the tests. Saying that this has been shocking for me, it definitely is an understatement.
I do not deny that it has been difficult to adapt to these new methods, since the differences between Italian universities and here are huge, but I feel so proud of myself for having overcome my fears and insecurities.
Well, maybe I should wait for my marks before saying that…
Anyway, I am sure that I will always remember the fact that, when I had to fly back home for the Christmas break, I realised that I did not want to. I was already missing my life here, even before actually leaving.
This has been a pleasant sensation that I was not expecting to feel and that made me realise how much I have been enjoying my first four months in Newcastle. The reality is that I am really satisfied with my course of study in International Marketing, that allows to learn the theories of Marketing together with concrete tasks, exactly like I was hoping, and I am also happy to live here, in a town that is neither too small nor too big, perfect for nights out with friends or as a starting point to visit the close Scotland and surroundings.