Rajeev Patel is a BSc Mathematics with Finance and Economics student.
What is your name and what course do you study, what year are you in?
I’m Rajeev and I’m a final year student studying BSc Maths with Finance and Economics with Professional Placement.
What were you doing before you came to study at City?
I completed my GCSEs and A-Levels at a secondary school. The A-Levels I studied were Maths, Economics and Chemistry.
Why did you decide to apply to study at City?
I liked the spread of subjects in my chosen degree, and how diverse the City community is as there are students from all parts of the world.
What has been your favourite module on the course, and what have you enjoyed most about your time at City?
Number Theory and Cryptography has been my favourite because it involves using ciphers to encode and decode encrypted messages.
The thing I’ve enjoyed the most at City is the enthusiasm of the lecturers, you can really tell how passionate they are about their subjects.
What is your favourite thing about studying at City?
There are so many extra-curricular and social activities to get stuck into, from academic societies like ‘Finance Society’ to sports clubs like badminton.
I’ve developed teamwork skills by learning how to function effectively as a collective unit in sports, and have also gained critical thinking skills by questioning the reasoning behind financial decisions through academic societies, for example ‘why are interest rates on the rise?’
What kind of things are you involved in outside of your course?
I enjoy attending the remote events hosted by the careers teams, as it’s a good chance to speak with employers directly.
An example of an event I attended was a CV workshop, where I learnt how to format and lay out my experiences in a concise manner.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
My plan is start working within Finance so I can apply the skills I’ve developed throughout my degree programme.
What would be your top tip for our applicants?
Have a think about why you’d like to study at City specifically, as opposed to other London universities.
And don’t worry about asking questions if you’re stuck on something in the application process, feel free to ask the team at City – the staff are really nice!