Hello everyone! I hope everyone’s doing well and sailing smooth through second semester. I have mentioned in my other blogs that I studied a Foundation Course at the Leicester International Study Centre before I began my degree in Management Studies. I now work as a Link Student for the Leicester International Study Centre. The main purpose of my job is to serve as a link between the Leicester International Study Centre and the University of Leicester while helping current Foundation Course Students with any queries they may have about being a university student. We have a university mini-fair every new term for current Foundation Course students where they get to meet Link Tutors and Link Students and ask them any questions they may have about their chosen degree or university life in general. I am going to write about some of the questions I get asked frequently about university and specifically the Management Studies course.
a) Is it difficult?
Believe it or not, this is the question I get asked most frequently. And I always have the same answer for it. It entirely depends on you. How you approach university will determine whether it is going to be easy or difficult. Eat well, manage your time effectively, get enough sleep, don’t leave your assignments to the last minute, go prepared to seminars, attend lectures regularly and you’ll be just fine. Also, don’t overwork yourself. Give yourself some free time to relax.
b) Do I need to be good at Math to study Finance?
No, you absolutely don’t have to be a Math genius to study or do well in Finance or Accountancy. It is a common myth. Trust me, nobody can be as bad in Math as I am and yet I managed to score a first in my Financial Management exam last semester. There is very basic Math involved in Finance and Accountancy. If you know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide, you’re good to go. It is the principles and theories that are challenging. But don’t worry. You have a faculty made up of excellent tutors and lecturers that will help you through it.
c) First year doesn’t count. Right?
Technically, first year doesn’t add up to your final grade. But that doesn’t mean you take it lightly. First year is crucial. It develops you as a student because it is a period of trial and error. You get an opportunity to identify your weaknesses and the rest of your years at university give you time to turn these weaknesses into your strengths so you can succeed! So make the most of your first year.
d) I am not sure which area I’d like to specialise in. Will I be facing problems because of that?
Absolutely not. It is perfectly normal to be unsure of what you’d like to specialise in. The University of Leicester offers a wide range of options. There is something for everyone. Within Management itself, you could specialise in anything you are interested in, whether it be Marketing, Human Resource Management, Economics, Finance. You could also learn Management in conjunction with something else such as Politics or Modern Languages. And with the new Major-Minor Honours Degree system, your options are endless! Also, your first year has core modules that are a blend of all areas so you get an idea of what each one is like. In your second year, you get to choose from a wide array of optional modules. So don’t worry. You’ll have plenty of time to decide what you want to specialise in even after you start university.
I hope these were of some help. Have more questions? Write them down in the comment section below and I’ll be more than happy to answer them for you.
Peace out! 🙂