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Cass student tips

Second year Cass student, Gofaone, gives her top tips for starting university life.

Hello, my name is Gofaone and I’m a second year international student from Botswana studying BSc Accounting and Finance at Cass Business School, City, University of London. City is an incredible place that not only focuses on academic excellence but also on the importance of having a healthy social life.

Here are my top tips for getting the most out of university life to make it an enjoyable and valuable experience:

Make the most of Welcome Week – you have the opportunity to attend a student induction which is a brief introduction to your course and the university. It will give you a chance to become familiar with the campus and all it has to offer.There are lots of events to attend including parties and club events all over London during freshers’ week. Numerous student discounts and giveaways will also help you save money for uni supplies.

Get to know your classmates – Use group work as a way to learn from your colleagues and by being surrounded by people from various backgrounds, you can pick up new study and revision techniques. It’s also a great way to make friends and get to know the people you see almost everyday.

Manage your time - Time management is important and finishing all the required assignments will give you time to spend doing fun activities outside of university, stress-free.

Prepare for your career - CareerHub is a university service that assists with CVs, applications, and practice interviews that aim to help students be prepared for life after university. The University often hosts career events and programmes to provide advice on employability skills and give tips on putting together successful applications.

Work hard! Creating a balance between university and having a social life is not as difficult as it seems. Attending lectures, tutorials and any revision sessions will greatly reduce the amount of work during the exams period. Combined with keeping up-to-date with notes and assignments will make revision easier and more efficient.

Get involved! Joining clubs and societies gives you the opportunity to have fun while on campus and is a great way to make new friends from different courses. CityBar is a cool place to hang out with friends and different societies often host a party there which is a nice way to relax and have fun. There are also volunteering schemes that give students a chance to give back to the community and get new skills from the experience.

Get out and about in London - There are so many places to see and things to do in London including budget-friendly activities such as sightseeing, shopping, go-karting, bowling and ice skating. London is culturally diverse and there are many opportunities to learn about the different cultures in the world. There is an endless list of the things to do to keep any kind of person entertained!

I had an incredible first year experience at City. I've made amazing friends and had a great experience trying out all the fun activities I never thought I would get a chance to do. It was an easier transition from A-Levels than I thought it would be and I'm forever glad I chose City.

Enjoy the first year of university, have fun, go out and enjoy life. I hope you have a magnificent time at City.

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