Christopher Hastie

Christopher Hastie

The staff are always willing to help and are never unable to answer a question. There are also many opportunities to improve your CV and career skills.

 

How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?

I chose maths because I have always had a natural ability and found the subject interesting. I was also aware that a mathematics degree gives access to a very wide array of careers. Manchester appealed to me due to its size, its position in the Russell Group and its reputation for turning out employable graduates. 

What were your first impressions of the University and the city?

I liked Manchester’s facilities from the moment I turned up, and found the staff much more approachable than the other universities I had looked at. The staff seemed genuinely interested in teaching the students instead of being wrapped up in their own research. 

The city itself seemed quite standard for a city, having everything I could think of wanting and many more things besides. Growing up in London I felt that Manchester was very similar to home and there wasn’t a chance of not being able to find something to do.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

I am most enjoying a couple of my units based on group theory, living away from home and getting to know everybody I have met.

What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?

I believe the course has improved my teamworking, problem solving and leadership abilities above all else. Being a PASS Leader has given me the opportunity to lead a group of peers and work together to complete common goals; this has also boosted my confidence. I have improved my problem solving through my studies, which have also improved my logical thinking and creativity. Finally I have vastly improved my communication skills as I have had a lot of contact with peers, lecturers and guest speakers from various companies.

How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?

This brings me back to my comments about first impressions, as those first impressions were not proved wrong. The staff are always willing to help and are never unable to answer a question. There are also many opportunities to improve your CV and career skills.

What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?

Be prepared for a big step up from first year to second. Many students have studied a lot of the first year content in their A-Levels so they don’t truly realise the difficulty until second year. Other than that, be sure to talk to everyone you can in the first few weeks, as everyone is in the same situation and making a good network of friends is essential for both work and play.

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