The First Week of Lent Term and Prepare for Chinese New Year

Hi everyone, my name is Xuanyin, Hu and I am studying MSc Money, Banking and Finance at LUMS now. I am from China.

People always say: “all things are difficult before they are easy.” There was no surprise that, from the perspective of learning, the first week was also challenging, even though I have already studied for almost half a year at Lancaster University. Even so, I was so excited the whole week because the spring festival is coming (celebrating the lunar new year).

The main challenge was the choice of optional module. Actually, the programme’s module schedule is quite well–organised since the first semester, there were only compulsory courses and after that, I may get a clue for what I would like to study in the second term. The optional modules from my programme are divided into two kinds. One belongs to Accounting and Finance department which is more related to finance, another belongs to Economics department. So the problem comes out, should I choose one that I am good at or that I am interested in. I have more basic knowledge of finance because I studied investment in the previous study, however, the economics course attracts me a lot even though I have never studied economics before. So I went to economics’ lecture in the first week, however to be honest I quickly found that it was not for me, so instead I chose the Finance course for my optional course. It was quite hard to give up a thing that you are interested in, but I cannot sacrifice all my time to study an entirely new subject which others already learned from their last three-year study.

Tips for choosing a postgraduate optional course:
Choosing an optional module in postgraduate is quite different from undergraduate. In a postgraduate study, the knowledge is based on what you learned from the previous study. To choose a course which you are good at is more important.

Although it is already 2017 now, for a lot of Asian countries’ students, the new year should be the lunar new year. Of course, for me, it is a super exciting week to prepare for the new year.  It is my first spring festival in the UK and I used to celebrate with my family. So, from the start, I was quite worried about it and did not know how to celebrate it. Fortunately, my flatmates decided to celebrate it with me. We ordered loads of stuff online and also came to downtown to buy all materials and ingredients. After that, we made the dumplings together which was quite fun to teach my flatmates to make it. What’s more, I went the CSSA (Chinese Students & Scholar’s Association ) Chinese Festival. There were many traditional activities, for instance, making paper-cuts for window decorations, writing couplets,  guessing the lantern riddles etc. I wrote couplets for our flat and also wrote the “福” characters which mean happiness for each flatmates. Even though I am in the UK, I still feel a strong atmosphere of Chinese New Year, when you come to downtown, you could see  “Chinese red” theme in different shops and supermarkets. Besides, the graduate college porter is full of “Chinese red”, like the red lanterns.

Don’t worry about that you will be alone to study abroad, you will always meet the nice and kind people!  Happy new year everyone!

Getting started with Lancaster

Coffee outside LUMS Dmitry

Are you ready for one of the most interesting, challenging, breathtaking, emotional, inspiring years in your life? Seriously, it’s just about a couple of months to start!

Hi everyone, my name is Dmitrii, I am a postgraduate student and I study MSc Management Science and Marketing Analytics. Will be happy to share some experience with you through this blog!

I remember myself last September arriving at Lancaster – I could not even imagine how much it will change my life and what an invaluable experience it will be. Full of ambitions and desire to study, I dived into various opportunities provided by Uni – career workshops, extracurricular activities, business challenges, academic excellence, sportive events, etc. I did not hesitate for a second when it was about to decide whether to accept or decline a new offer – like in a famous movie with Jim Carrey my answer was always ‘yes!’.

Eventually all activities that I took part in gave me valuable skills, which I added on my CV and LinkedIn profile. It all comes with practice, right? At Lancaster you can gain experience of all kinds. For instance, I have been teaching other students my mother tongue in Lancaster University Culture Society for two terms. It not only helped me make new friends from different countries, but also boosted my presentation skills and self-confidence when performing in front of the audience.

There are more than 200 student societies in Uni, why not to join some of them or even create a new one? Be ready that your first so called ‘freshers week’ in Uni will be full of different events, news, buzz and hustle – there will so many things happening simultaneously! Let it go and enjoy your time at Lancaster – your new home for the next year.

By the way, what are you expectations from Lancaster University? Come on, share your thoughts, let’s have a chat 🙂