The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
It is already the second half of the 10-week autumn term. The warmth of the sun is scarce, and sometimes I cannot tell if it is 5 or 9 o’clock in the evening; but the bright colours of the withering leaves make a good background for an Instagram photo so I guess that’s a win?
Changing from one season to another is usually pleasant. We experience it each year, we know what to expect during each time and so we are prepared to face it.
I have only joined the Business School two months ago as a Joint Honours student, after studying Biochemistry for the previous two years at the Department of Life Sciences. I cannot help but feel quite overwhelmed and nervous at the start of the term, considering that I have never done any social science subject though I have done an AS Level in Psychology (which was a long time ago).
Changing degree subjects? Is it similar to the changing of the seasons? What should I expect? Will I fit in? Am I academically able for this? And many more perturbing questions keep lingering in my mind.
But after two months of the programme, I can say that I actually like being a part of it. Most, if not all the materials are completely new and I admit that a lot do not make sense to me in the beginning. As I make my progress, I realise that what really helps me to keep going is simply to embrace the change. I do not intend to plagiarise Dory the Fish but really – just keep swimming – and start working.
Spencer Johnson in his book ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ helps me understand that resisting change would only exhaust you, but adapting to it would lead you to new discoveries, or as in the book – new cheese! And with this comes the realization that in the future, nothing is set in stone and being able to respond effectively to change is a good skill to have in traversing your career; or just in life, generally.
This does not mean that the years I have spent studying Biochemistry are completely forgotten. It is actually the otherwise! The skills I have acquired are definitely put to good use. The quantitative aptitude I have garnered helps me understand better the numerous graphs and equations during Business Economics lectures, and when you are used to reading and processing research papers, having to go through case studies for the HR or Global Business Management modules would be quite uncomplicated.
So, what is next? I honestly have no answer for that. I am my own driver, and I still have a very long way to go. But for now, I am going to enjoy my final year as an undergraduate at university and avail to the fullest of my term at Imperial College Business School.