Indian student Shashank moved to London to study a Masters of Business Administration at the University of East London. Shashank was one of 11 lucky students to be welcomed to London as part of the International Student Welcome event.
Shashank and the other students were welcomed to the city by Deputy Mayor of London Rajesh Agrawal at London’s City Hall, before being taken on a tour of some of London’s most famous sights. The day included afternoon tea at Shakespeare’s Globe, a private ride on the London Eye, an exhilarating speed boat tour with Thames Jet and a drinks reception at the rooftop terrace at Urbanest student accommodation.
Here Shashank tells us more about himself, why he chose to study in London and what his impressions are so far.
Shashank, why did you choose to study in London?
I had visited London when I won top sales person of the year at my previous company which had an office in London. I realised then that if a small trip gave me so much confidence and learning opportunities then studying would definitely reshape my career. I’d learned a lot from my UK colleagues, so I decided to study for my MBA in London.
How did you choose to study MBA at the University of East London (UEL)?
I have over 12 years of work experience in sales and marketing. I wanted to learn more about digital marketing and also do my masters which was long overdue. I researched several universities, and UEL was a perfect fit because they have a great combination of modules. They also have great on-campus accommodation and very helpful staff. The international contact centre team gave me confidence, answering all my queries and helping with the visa application process. My room looks out over City Airport, the Thames and Canary Wharf – the icing on the cake!
What do you enjoy most about UEL and your course?
UEL has the best sports facility and library. The library is open 24/7 and I can go and study anytime. There are also a variety of social events taking place. For example, Diwali celebrations were organised by the students union. It was my first festival celebrating away from home but I didn’t miss home much because we had great food, fun activities, and of course, crackers!
In my course, I love the fact that I get individual attention and regular feedback from the course leader, with one-on-one meetings to discuss my progress and future goals. We also get regular opportunities to present in front of class. This helps me improve my presentation skills which is very important for a sales professional.
My classroom is very multicultural. It was an eye opener to learn from fellow students coming from Nigeria, the Americans, Pakistan and Turkey about their own countries’ political situations. You get a transparent and unbiased understanding of current global affairs when you hear from the students representing their country.
I also highly value the special guest lecturers who come to present to us. I connect with these guest lecturers on LinkedIn and network when I need their advice. This is definitely useful for a mature student like me.
How would you describe London in three words?
Royalty, beautiful and heritage.
What is your favourite place in London and why?
I love Buckingham Palace. I love British Royalty and the rich cultural heritage and history of the United Kingdom. I still remember Princess Diana and admire her beauty, elegance and charm and what she did to inspire the world. I follow the royal couple on Instagram to learn about fashion sense and charity work as they truly inspire me to live gracefully.
What did you enjoy most about the International Student Welcome Event you took part in?
I loved the Thames Jet speed boat and am really grateful to meet and greet fellow students from around the world.
Watch the video from the International Student Welcome event