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 personally very curious and I strongly believe that any kind of valuable experience, curricular or extra, is important for your professional life. Moved by this impetus of growing and learning something new, I looked for excellent opportunities in the UK, mainly due to my interest in pursuing further studies there. Imperial College Business School stood out among the multitude of summer schools I found online, due to its reputation as well as the courses proposed. Being a current student sincerely aiming at entering the consulting world, the chosen course perfectly fit my expectations to better prepare myself for my future professional life.
What made your Summer School experience unique?
The uniqueness of the programme hinges on a combination of factors I experienced personally: excellent academic activities, location of the school and social programmes, quality of students attending it and noteworthy staff assistance just to name a few. The impact it had on me is doubtlessly positive and confirm the prestige and name of the University.
What aspects of the course did you most enjoy?
I was truly fascinated by the two exceptional speakers we had the chance to listen to during workshop activities. Apart from a unique combination of knowledge gained through experience and additional views on the topics studied the previous morning, the thing that wholly captivated me was their approach to life as extraordinary leaders.
What was the most challenging part of the course?
The project work was probably the most intriguing and challenging part of the course. Cooperating with students coming from a very diverse educational background and different origin convinced me of the additional effort needed in order to get a valuable result – this skill being essential in my future professional life. We were required to give proof of professionalism and rigour: I am gratified we managed to get those two points in the very end.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work. What inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
I was challenged when the time of group working came. Teamwork is a great way to increase the final outcome of a project, above all where individual contribution is so valuable like it is at Imperial. I definitely liked the way the School emphasised it and I strongly consider my capacity to get value from working with the others to be further improved.
How would you describe your Summer School class?
The diversity made it so valuable in terms of individual contribution and personal insights that each of us added to both during lessons and informal workshops.
Highly committed students made it an excellent opportunity to better understand what are your strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, the familiar atmosphere never prevented anyone from giving voice to his/her thoughts – by the way always relevant.
What parts of the social programme did you most enjoy?
The boat party was for me an unforgettable night out with amazing people. I saw the city from a new point of view while having a great time with friends.
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?
The relationship with the academics was so familiar that I spent so much time with them asking for advice about my future professional life as well as help to better exploit my potential. They always put their expertise and competences at our service and it helped me a lot in becoming aware of where I am and where I want to go.
What are your future career goals and how do you think your time at Imperial will help you achieve these?
I want to pursue a career in consulting as soon as I finish my studies in Italy. After this experience I sincerely thought about moving to London and, why not, studying again at Imperial. I am firmly convinced that my time there was precious as it helped me in getting the right approach as well as driving me into a more focused and valuable choice of industries and specific role I want to be an expert in.
Living in London
Where did you stay in London and why did you choose to stay there?
I lived in a hall of residence located in Hampstead because I had few friends there. In spite of the distance from the School, I spent a great time there.
What can a weekend in London look like for a Summer School student?
No matter what you like or not, you will find what fits your personality and interests you in such a marvellous city. I spent a lot of time visiting galleries and museums during the day and went for a couple of drinks in the night. Most of the time I was with all the others so weekends were a fantastic moment to get to know each other even better.
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in London?
Walking through Hyde Park totally soaked with water is unforgettable. This time I knew another side of London: not the usual sights but some unconventional spots that in my opinion are even much more interesting to see.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the Summer School?
The experience is worth being lived. The only thing I would recommend to a potential applicant is to carefully consider the impact such a reality can have on you. Considering each course conscientiously is the only way in order to take the most of out it and use it as a springboard for brilliant careers afterwards.
Share with us a handy hint or trick that made settling into Summer School that much easier!
From the first day start talking to everyone. Building up your professional network, sharing your LinkedIn profile and asking everyone for advice and feedback on any ideas you have. Everyone is very friendly so take advantage of it.