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 how the people were 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 you can strike up a conversation with most people.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

The biggest plus about Manchester is the people. They say people are different all around the UK, but a friendly hello and a little bit of small talk can do wonders in a place like this.

I'm involved in a few activities including the STEM Ambassador Scheme, the Schools and Colleges Liaison Programme, Alpha Kappa Psi, the Gaming Society and the Chess Society. I'm a founder of a Facebook peer support group and I am a Personal Statement Helper for The Student Room. I've gained a lot from these activities including organisation, time management, presentation skills, leadership skills, teamwork skills, communication skills 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 nail those spring internships. Your first year doesn't count towards your degree. Whilst that does not mean you can spend first year partying like there's no tomorrow, it does mean that you can focus more on other things like starting your job 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 you'll get up to at university.

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