If I had use three words to describe my first year at university, it would have to be busy, refreshing and scary. My first year at CU seemed to fly by because the university keeps you so busy from week one. It feels like yesterday, I enrolled on to a Business course with my friends.
As a stay at home student, my university experience wasn’t as impactful as other students. While they were exploring the city, I was starting my new part time job. Though, interestingly during freshers, it was my first time being in and around the university campus even though I was familiar with the city so I did experience the lost feeling they probably felt (lol). Freshers’ was as you would expect it. Party invites, lots of socialising, joining a dozen societies, free stuff and so on. You will think you’ve met your best friends at freshers’ and then two weeks later, you’ll have a new squad. I still have numbers from people I struggle to remember meeting from my first two weeks. What you make of freshers’ week really depends on the person.
Mid October, I decided to change my course from Human Resource Management to International Business Management because of a change in career interests. I officially transferred to the IBM course at the start of November. So, I ended up starting my official course a little late. Most people were already in cliques and the modules were past the introduction stage. Thankfully, I only had two modules in semester one and since I was only in two days, it was easy to catch up. I also got time to attend society meets and do some volunteering which was a great opportunity for me to meet new people. I was finally starting to settle in.
Regarding the modules, I took in first year, they were all basic business foundations as expected. Some modules were obviously more interesting or challenging than the other. I also took a mandarin class as my advantage module which was probably the most difficult module but I was with such an interactive class, so I enjoyed it immensely. I also had the opportunity to take a Korean class with Linguae Mundi and made a couple of friends with the same interests.
One of the things I most enjoyed about my first year is that your friendship group is so diverse with everyone from all over the globe. It’s so interesting and different because it was not something I was used to. By joining cultural societies such as One World and volunteering at Culturae Mundi it allowed me to expand my friendship group and my knowledge of cultures in general. I also got the chance to go on a field trip to Seoul where I practised the Korean language, ate Korean BBQ and brought face masks to last a lifetime.
Overall, my first year at Coventry University was interesting. I think the one thing I’m looking forward to however is the long summer holiday we get!