December 2016: Making the most of your time in Manchester

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As the semester starts with the induction week and the introduction of your courses you are at ease and you begin studying a bit at a time. As soon as you get the assignments, the pressure increases slowly. Lectures attendance, group meetings, individual studying, participation in events and socialising are a harsh combination. Questions such as “How am I supposed to do all these things and meet so many deadlines?” start popping up in your mind. Time management and having nerves of steel are the key answers to handle such a hectic period of the semester.

So, first of all, don’t leave any task for the last minute! Personally, that’s what I did. During this month, apart from studying and working on my assignments, I attended an event presented by Deloitte in my course. There I had the chance to learn what does a company, such big as Deloitte, expect from potential employees and how to succeed in the application process.

Now when it comes to entertainment, Manchester is great in November-December. The Christmas market at Albert Square offers a wonderful atmosphere and the Christmas spirit is all around the city since early November. Tip: Don’t miss the Lights Switch On event. I went there with my friends and despite the rain and the crowded square, as soon as the music started and the fireworks exploded, we stopped being bothered by anything. Don’t forget to try the sausages and to enjoy a glass of hot wine out in the cold. For what it’s worth, I went there twice.

Digging into my memory I can’t help but tell you about the cookout we organised with my friends. Each of us prepared traditional dishes of our countries and we all had so much fun drinking, laughing and tasting food from countries such as India, Mexico, China, Greece, France and Germany. This month I was also more than lucky since I had the opportunity to meet with friends and relatives quite often. First, I had my best friend visiting me in Manchester for three days. After that I went to Coventry for a daytrip where I met with my cousin and beloved uncle. Just a week before submitting all my assignments and packing my baggage to go back home for the holidays, I travelled to Geneva for two days and had one of the best times of my life with friends from Greece.

So, this is how last month slipped by for me. Last but not least, I would like to say that this year is meant to be a unique experience. Take advantage of that and enjoy as many new things as possible!

Mathematical Programming classmates

Mathematical Programming classmates

After a group meeting

After a group meeting

Oxford Road with no traffic

Oxford Road with no traffic

Christmas lights switch-on

Christmas lights switch-on

Cookout

Cookout

Cookout all together

Cookout all together

Cookout (traditional dishes)

Cookout (traditional dishes)

Christmas market

Christmas market

Birthday party

Birthday party

A study break in The Footage

A study break in The Footage

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Jola Nika

MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis, Class of 2017

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