So how do you prepare to become a full-time student again? 7 years after you graduated from university and thought that you would never go back. I have to say that I am very impressed with the way that Imperial has engaged with us before term has even started which has really helped me get into Imperial life before I’ve even been to a lecture. There were several socials where I met some of my future classmates, we were given access to the online portal to complete pre-course work and the Business School even organised an admit weekend for us which was a great taster of what is to come.
However, there is also a lot you can do for yourself to get into the mindset of MBA life. Imperial has endless resources and opportunities and the earlier you tap into these the better. When browsing for new activities to get involved in I came across the Conversational Project which is organised by the Student Union where volunteers who speak English as their first language provide informal English conversation sessions for overseas students. I have already had my initiation on campus and will be set up to have my first meeting with my buddy once I am officially a student in September. Another new activity I want to get involved in is rowing and I have been in contact with the rowing club and will be visiting their stand at freshers fayre to find out when I can learn how to row.
On the sports activity theme I will be cycling to campus, when it’s not raining! Imperial has great bike storage facilities and online registration. I have already visited the security team in the Sherfield Building who kindly security marked my bike and gave me a lovely seat cover, security alarm and UV pen to mark my laptop. Even writing this blog post 2 weeks before the start of term shows how involved you can get before the first day of term. It is important to plan as much as you can before term starts so that you are set up with all the resources you might need and Imperial is more than happy to help.
Similarly, it is important that you are relaxed and refreshed for the start of term. I decided to take a month off before my MBA and I stopped working at the Cabinet Office at the end of July. In the meantime I have been on holiday to New York, Rio and Miami. I timed it well as there was a small summer sporting event going on in Rio at the time! I got to see the greatest team (in my opinion!), Team GB, in action including Andy and Jamie Murray and the inspirational Jessica Ennis-Hill. I was also lucky enough to see global superstars competing such as Serena Williams, the WNBA players from the USA Women’s basketball team and the legendary Usain Bolt. I had such an incredible time in Rio and I am currently suffering from a severe case of post-Olympic blues but I am hopeful that my year at Imperial will be another high.
All in all, so far I have definitely taken advantage of all the opportunities and resources that Imperial has and I cannot wait for term to start!
Suzy is a student in our 2016-17 Full-Time MBA class.