Darren Kam

You have come to university ultimately to make your life better. You can only do this if you feel confident enough to take advantage of the things that come your way.

 

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

The University has one of the biggest maths departments in the UK, the Alan Turing Building is absolutely amazing and the people are great. We even have our own receptionist, Tracey!

Manchester is a busy, bubbly city with friendly people and lots of things to do. It also has a great nightlife and is a central hub for a variety of activities happening across the North West.

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

I first thought about how big it was. Manchester is a huge place and I initially felt a little overwhelmed by it all. Moreover, I lived in Liverpool for 18 years so I had no idea what the people were like in Manchester.  Needless to say, I got used to its size and the fact that everything is so conveniently situated. Also, coming from Liverpool I found to be a good thing as most people are comfortable talking to Liverpudlians.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

The thing I enjoy the most about Manchester is its people. People are different across the UK, but a friendly hello and a little bit of small talk is a great way to start a conversation in Manchester.

I'm involved in so many different things, some of which are listed below.

- Founder of Mathematical Workspace, a Facebook Peer Support Group

- Brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, the Business Fraternity

- Member of the Chess Society

- Member of the Gaming Society

- Member of the STEM Ambassador Scheme

- Personal Statement Helper for the Student Room

- Student Helper with the Schools and Colleges Liaison Programme

I've gained a lot of skills from these activities including communication skills, leadership skills, organisation, presentation skills, teamwork skills, time management and many more.

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

I've learnt so much not only about maths, but about how to be a better person. Coming to university isn't all about studying; it's about equipping yourself with the skills to succeed in the rest of your life. I'd like to think that this has been the case during my time at The University of Manchester.

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

Make use of the library. It's rare that you actually need a recommended textbook in maths, but reading and engaging in mathematical literature will make you a better mathematician.

Spend first year trying to obtain those spring internships. Your first year doesn't count towards your degree. Whilst that does not mean you can spend first year partying all night long, it does mean that you can focus more on other things like starting your career search.

Remember to seize opportunities. You have come to university ultimately to make your life better. You can only do this if you feel confident enough to take advantage of the things that come your way. This doesn't mean say 'yes' to everything, but it does mean keep an open mind, because you never know what opportunities will come your way whilst at university.

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