During my first month as an Imperial College student, even though, I’ve been through the whole ‘Freshers experience’ during my undergraduate degree at University College London, the nerves of starting a new course, at a new place, surrounded by new people, were impossible to ignore! That being said, Imperial College was ever so welcoming and quick to make you feel right at home. I must admit that I – like many of my peers – applied to the college based on its reputation and academic strength. Believe it or not – I was not let down one bit.
The Diversity of Students
As obvious as it may seem, it is important to remind yourself that most people are on the same boat as you are – they have travelled the distance, be it from Zone 3 Acton Town or Far East Asia, to gain a degree from a world-class university that will equip them with the skillset to succeed in the future. Nothing excites me more than meeting people from such diverse cultural backgrounds, who share similar academic interests. You are more similar than you think!
‘International Health Management’ – Yes, that’s the name of my programme! It is the perfect fit for those who wish to springboard into a management career in the evolving global healthcare sector. Induction week was planned perfectly. For the International Showcase, we were put into groups based on the region we were originally from, so I represented the Middle East. It was a brilliant opportunity to meet people who speak the same language as you, share the same culture, and best of yet, study on the same programme! We immediately bonded, worked on our presentation, and…drum rolls – won a £100 Pizza Express voucher for delivering the best presentation! Free food = bonus points for Imperial College Business School!
The coolest part about the start of term is undoubtedly Freshers Fair! Not only do you receive loads of freebies, but you also get to choose from over 340 clubs and societies, so there is definitely something for everyone! I chose to join Tennis, Archery, Amnesty International, UNICEF, Arabic and Italian Society. Based on my choices, you can already start to see the breadth of choices you have at your disposal! If you’re feeling adventurous and innovative, Imperial also welcomes new ideas for clubs and societies, so go ahead and create that Game of Thrones Fan Club!
The Transition to Masters
Transitioning from a Science-based undergraduate degree to a Management degree at the Business School was indeed a challenge at first, but the fact that so many people on my programme shared the exact same background was really reassuring. University is all about teamwork – and my batch seemed like the ideal mix of students. The amount of support is incredible. This is just the beginning. In terms of lecture content, we had an inspirational talk from a CEO of an NHS healthcare trust, a speed-reading workshop, team-working exercises and many – I emphasize- many, career and professional development workshops. I attended more recruitment sessions in my first week of university than programme lectures, and this truly shows you how much Imperial College cares about its students and supports them fully to embark on the next stage of their lives. This, in a nutshell, is the beginning of the end, the beginning of my final push to grab that postgraduate degree. The last academic stage, so let’s make the most of it! YOFO – You’re only a fresher once! (or in my case, twice)!