It seems like it was only yesterday I was constantly checking my mailbox to see if there were any letters from Lancaster University, awaiting (anxiously) to know if I had been offered a place or not. And now here I am, finishing my third year, preparing myself to say goodbye to a place that has become, over the years, my home away from home.
My name is Benedetta, I come from Italy, and this is my last year attending Lancaster University, under the program of Politics, International Relations and Management. I vividly remember how shy and doubtful I was in my first year, questioning if I had chosen the right course for me, after three year I am glad to say that I did. In these years, I had the opportunity to study in depth topics that I have always been passionate about: from political thought to contemporary issues in human rights, from managerial organization to managing sustainability. Lectures and seminars have provided me with the right tools to structure arguments both from a political and a managerial perspective, all the while highlighting the linkages between the two disciplines. Most importantly I was given the opportunity to better comprehend, thanks to my professors and colleagues, the structures of the world around me, what had to be questioned and what ought to be fought for. The course has been of fundamental importance for me and my overall comprehension of politics and management in the 21st century and I have many professors to thank for demonstrating always their availability to discuss and comment on relevant topics, however, what made Lancaster my home, was the many friends I met in this journey. Lancaster University offers many societies that one can join and that offer many different events through which to make friends. Furthermore, the international community is ever present and I am happy to say that in these years I have made many friends that come from different parts of the world, all of whom contributed in making Lancaster my home and with whom I have grown with.
Sometimes I think about the girl I was at the start of my first year, and I cannot help but think that my experience at Lancaster University has been of pivotal importance for my own personal growth other than my knowledge acquisition: everything, from late nights studying in the library, to heated debates in class, from night outs with friends to early morning lectures has been important for me and I know I will always cherish it.
It is in these moments I think about Charlotte’s Bronte quote from Jane Eyre: “I remembered that the real world was wide and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth in its expanse, to seek real knowledge amidst its perils.”
I believe Lancaster has given me this type of courage, I can only hope it does the same for you.