By Lee Jing Chan
I have been very busy in week 6 preparing for accounting and economics tests as well as finishing coursework. I learned a lot in this process, especially on how to prepare a formal report for the coursework. I was assigned to a group of students with different backgrounds in completing the report. Each of us are required to search information from different sources such as newspapers, journals, webpages and books. After that, we combined our findings and analysed how our findings contradicted or supported each other. For me, it was very interesting working with people from different backgrounds as each of us have different perspectives on certain topics and we had a meaningful discussion which led to the success of our coursework. I think this assignment is very helpful as I am exposed to business world which is diverse and collaboration is crucial in achieving success.
In week 7, I participated in Lancaster Startup Weekend, a 54-hour weekend event, during which developers, startup enthusiasts pitch on their ideas and form teams to work on the ideas within 54 hours and have demo on Sunday evening for judging. I am very passionate about entrepreneurship besides accounting and finance which made me applying for this event. In this event, I managed to meet my counterparts and mentors who gave me a lot of useful advice on entrepreneurship. I turned up knowing no one in the beginning but at the end of the event, I felt close to the other participants who shared their stories about their journey to become an entrepreneur.
Besides that, I also joined FLUX Business Challenge Qualifiers. FLUX is one of the largest national competitions in the UK and gathers top university students from all over the country. In the qualifiers, my team was given only two days to come out with a business proposal on a business case. We had discussion and prepared for presentation till midnight over the two days. I was in charge of the financial analysis of the case and I applied what I have learned in lectures in the past few weeks. At the end, we managed to pass the qualifiers and will represent Lancaster University in FLUX Business Challenge. It is an honour to represent my university and I am ready to work hard for the challenge next year.
To conclude, I think my university life has been interesting so far because there are vast opportunities provided by the university for me to join and learn beyond my studies. I really enjoy it and I am looking forward to my university life ahead.