I like that the course is flexible and lecturers are willing to help you when you need it. I also love that there is hardly any essay writing!
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
I enjoyed maths at A-level and decided I wanted to study it at university. The reason I chose Actuarial Science and Mathematics was because I wanted to pursue a future career in the financial sector.
When I came to Manchester for an open day I got a positive vibe from the campus and the city, after speaking to lecturers and current students I knew it would be the ideal place for me to study.
What were your first impressions of the University and the city?
In my first week I got involved in promoting student parties and it was a perfect opportunity for me to make new friends. The city felt like it was just one giant student campus and, to be honest, it kind of is as Manchester feels like a ghost town in the holidays!
What are you most enjoying about your course?
I like that it’s flexible and lecturers are willing to help you when you need help. I also love that there is hardly any essay writing!
What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?
From studying actuarial science and mathematics I have developed stronger analytical and problem solving skills, I am also able to understand and interoperate complex financial and statistical data. Apart from academic work I have also enhanced my leadership, team working and communication skills which I developed in my role as Junior President for the Actuarial Society and a PASS Leader.
Getting involved in this stuff helped me attain two internships. Though these internships I was able to see how what I had been studying is applied and experience working life. It has also given me a much greater chance of leaving university with a graduate job.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
I spent my first year earning extra money by being a party host. It was awesome; I didn’t pay for a single night out all year and it made me pretty popular as I could get my friends in free sometimes too!
I would recommend trying to get involved in as much as you can in your first few weeks and go to a few society events and meetings, from there you can choose what you like.
Most of all enjoy first year, there is so much to do in Manchester. Make friends and network with as many people as possible but still be prepared to work hard.