December 2017: Settling into Manchester

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When arriving at The University of Manchester, I never expected that I’d have such a life-changing experience. Leaving home for a short period of time can be challenging, let alone for a whole year! As an American, I come from the smallest state in the U.S., Rhode Island, home of the ocean, best seafood around, and small-town comfort that can’t be beat.

I look back at what really drove me to apply and accept my place at UoM. Compared to my undergraduate experience, Manchester is entirely different in terms of the location (rural vs. city) and student population (Americans vs. International). Despite this change, my favorite part of moving abroad has been the challenge of living life completely out of my element, studying at one of the best business schools in the world, and living life in one of the UK’s top-ranked cities.

I had a really smooth arrival into Manchester from Boston, USA, on September 12th. I arrived at the airport and quickly found a cab to my private accommodation in Fallowfield (15 minutes south of the University campus by bus). After meeting my international roommates and settling in, I was ready to explore. In the first week, I paid my tuition, arranged my bank account, got set up with a UK phone number, and attended some Welcome Week activities like the campus tour and course induction speech. My favorite of these activities was the Brathay Residential trip.

This course specific trip gave me the opportunity to connect with almost all of my classmates, participate (optionally) in activities such as rowing on Lake Windermere and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Lake District. This was one of the prettiest places I’ve been (aside from Northern Ireland in October!), and I was so grateful to attend, despite not knowing anyone. I highly recommend this trip as a starting point to an intensive year ahead.

Recently, I hosted an international Friends Thanksgiving (for 20 MSc Marketing students) and within a week, the Christmas markets have also arrived in Manchester. It hits me how quickly this semester has flown, and I see 4 units and a dissertation on the way, but I’ve never felt more ready!

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