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 chose to study Principles of Finance because I had always wanted to further my understanding of finance and the course perfectly fit the bill as it was based in London with its vibrant financial heritage. Another key reason was because the course was led by Dr Lara Cathcart who is Programme Director for Imperial’s highly ranked Masters in Finance programme which gave me a taste of what to expect should I go to Imperial for a Master’s.
What made your Summer School experience unique?
What made the Summer School unique for me was the wide range of cultures that one gets to interact with in such a short time frame that provides ample opportunity for networking and making friends.
Which aspects of the course did you most enjoy?
Throughout the course I was able to meet many academics and professionals from the business world. I was able to enhance my network by meeting people from the field and asking them about my ideas, and they always provided me with feedback to help me grow on a professional level.
What was the most challenging part of the course?
The most challenging part of the course was probably getting a hang of it at the start, after which it was pretty cool. Again interacting with such a diverse cohort brings its own set of challenges regarding speech and food.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work. What inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
I think the whole emphasis on group work is probably the reason Imperial is rated so highly since it is only when you work as a team that diverse viewpoints can be discussed and flaws within one’s own approach can be detected at an early stage.
How would you describe your Summer School class?
I think I was fortunate to be in a class where everyone was so friendly and the professor was fantastic and made a genuine effort to ensure that, despite being from diverse backgrounds, the students all understood the concepts.
What parts of the social programme did you most enjoy?
The parts of the social programme that I enjoyed the most were definitely the boat party along with the trip to Brighton because it really showcased a different side of the UK.
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?
I think the greatest opportunity with the summer school is that it gives you an opportunity to explore the city of London with a diverse group of friends while at the same time furthering your knowledge base. I don’t think such a unique blend of characteristics would be possible anywhere else.
What are your future career goals and how do you think your time at Imperial will help you achieve these?
I think the course has definitely helped me realise that I have a keen interest in finance and hence would definitely be pursuing a Master’s in the same, hopefully at Imperial again!
Living in London
Where did you stay in London?
I stayed at Wilson Hall during my time at the Summer School. I chose to stay there because it involved an incredibly scenic walk through Hyde park to get to class every day. It was also relatively cheaper than other accommodation but at the same time allowed quick access to the Imperial campus.
What can a weekend in London look like for a Summer School student?
Well a weekend in London can look like a lot of things right from catching a movie at the biggest screen in the UK at BFI Imax to having a traditional ‘English tea’ at the Ritz Carlton. This followed by a night of insane fun at Clubs like Tiger Tiger truly encapsulate the experience of the city showing that it has something for everyone.
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in London?
In my opinion the most exciting thing I did in London was probably the pub crawl organised by the ambassadors. It was truly unique and an experience that I would definitely not have gotten back home in India.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the Summer School?
Quite simple – don’t think, just apply! Pretty sure you won’t regret it.
Share with us a handy hint or trick that made settling into Summer School that much easier!
Come with an open mind and no preconceived notions. You will enjoy it the best if you interact with diverse groups of people learning about their culture and cuisine. You will definitely go back with a larger network of professional associates and personal friends.