Recently, I had the pleasure of being involved in an online webinar session that was hosted by the Business School. The purpose of the session was to provide key information to potential students who are looking to learn more about the MSc Economics & Strategy for Business (ESB) programme. In the session, we delivered information on a wide variety of topics such as admission requirements, application procedures, programme structure, tuition and scholarship opportunities. More importantly, the live chat session offered potential candidates the opportunity to directly connect with the programme team members and student ambassadors like myself.
During the session, some of the questions that I specifically received related to student life at the Business School, while others pertained to the ESB programme. Being an old timer (well…sort of), I was able to share my personal Imperial experience with the power of hindsight and hoped that something would resonate with the students who were part of the session. Taking part in the session was unique in a way, as it allowed me to self-reflect on my experience at Imperial so far. It also allowed me to not only realize why I came here in the first place, but also reflect on two things that I have learnt to value most over the past 6 months.
- The People. A big school means you have a lot of potential for great relationships. I used to be a huge introvert and still am sometimes. But attending the Business School here has developed the extroverted side of me because I’ve come to realize that you just can’t do it alone. Family keeps you grounded and friends keep you accountable. But surrounding yourself with new people who inspire and appreciate you keeps you motivated. This has been especially important for me so far in my MSc programme and I have gained a lot through such influence. Imperial is a big school, which sounds intimidating, but it just means it’s that much more likely that you’ll not only be able to find “your group” of friends, but also develop a well-rounded perspective through your interactions and the relationships you build.
- Next would be The Opportunities that Imperial College Business School provides. For instance, when you consider technology, you might immediately think of Silicon Valley, California, and many of the successful start-ups in the region. But those aren’t the only places where innovation is happening. The Entrepreneurship Hub at Business School carries out world-class research and teaching in technology entrepreneurship. It has enhanced the entrepreneurial culture within Imperial by giving students like myself the opportunity to explore my interests within the technology space and help me realize my ambition to be a successful entrepreneur. Even outside of technology, Imperial is one of the most international universities in the world. Its diverse and worldwide alumni network has continued to be a source for learning, mentorship, and jobs.
Looking back on my decision to attend Imperial, I don’t think I can see it another way because of the friends I’ve established and the opportunities I’ve had here. For any potential candidate who’s deciding whether or not to choose Imperial College Business School, I’d say go with your gut. There are no wrong decisions, only different learning paths – as long as you go in with a bit of courage and zeal, you’ll be a better you by the end of your programme, and that’s all anyone could want.
Jay is studying our MSc Economics & Strategy for Business programme.