The Summer School experience
Why did you decide to study your Summer School course and why did you choose to study with Imperial College Business School?
I am an aspiring business psychology specialist with an interest in applying my background in psychology to the marketing field. The Strategic Marketing course at Imperial offered an in depth knowledge of the subject in a condensed amount of time. Having the opportunity to complete this course at Imperial College, one of the best universities in the world, was icing on the cake.
What made your Summer School experience unique?
Its location and availability to postgraduate students. It is great for people who have already graduated and might be looking for knowledge to further their professional careers.
What aspects of the course did you most enjoy?
I thoroughly enjoyed the course lecturers and field trips. The lecturers were so open to questions and excited to help us understand the content, and the field trips were incredibly informative while maintaining a high level of entertainment.
What was the most challenging part of the course?
The most challenging part was probably the simulation project we had to complete, but, because of this, it was one of the most valuable learning tools we were given.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work. What inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
It encourages the development of active listening, collaboration, and communication. It is good for people who need to learn to consider other opinions and perspectives, but also useful for people who want to improve their ability to communicate their ideas.
What parts of the social programme did you most enjoy?
I enjoyed the boat party the most because it allowed for students of different courses to meet and mingle.
A wealth of opportunities
What has been the greatest opportunity during your summer at Imperial that you don’t think you would get anywhere else?
To experience Imperial College, its faculty, and its resources.
What are your future career goals and how do you think your time at Imperial will help you achieve these?
I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology, but am looking to apply that knowledge to Marketing. So taking the Strategic Marketing course was incredibly useful because it supplied an extensive wealth of knowledge in a condensed amount of time.
Living in London
Where did you stay in London?
I stayed in the SW5 area because I already had accommodation in that area from when I was an undergraduate student. I was a 20 minute walk away from Imperial.
What can a weekend in London look like for a Summer School student?
It depends what you are interested in but summer is an amazing time in London. One weekend you could be going to a music festival or outdoor concert. The next you might feel like visiting one of London’s many famous markets (flowers, food, clothes, art, etc). In summer London also has many pop up events happening, like outdoor cinemas in the park or you might feel like heading to Brixton or Fulham for a “beach” experience in the middle of the city, where you can have fruity cocktails on sand in a constructed beach scenario.
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in London?
I love food, so I have just been trying every type of cuisine London has to offer: Taiwanese, Indian, Thai, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Ethiopian, Argentinean, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Turkish, etc. Literally checking off a list.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the Summer School?
Seriously consider it. I learned so much in just three weeks, I wish Imperial had more courses so that I could have stayed for the two sessions.
Share with us a handy hint or trick that made settling into Summer School that much easier!
Introduce yourself. Don’t wait for others to make the first move. Everyone is in the same position as you and are all hoping to meet new people. Get out of your comfort zone, you made it all the way there, you have to take advantage of the short amount of time you have.