Hi! My name is Katy and I’m a final year Accounting, Business Finance and Management (ABFM) student. Here’s a typical week for me:
I’m up early because my first class is at 9.30. I’m an early bird anyway, so I catch up on some emails and print out the notes for today’s lecture. The lecture is Financial Econometrics and lasts for 2 hours. It’s one of my option modules for the term and I’m really loving it! I have my Econometrics seminar straight after the lecture and then I’m done for the day. I grab a hot chocolate and head to the library to do some work before netball.
Playing netball for my college team is a great way to keep active. You meet lots of new people and it’s nice to have something to take your focus off studying for a while!
My shortest day! I have a nice lie-in as my lecture doesn’t start til 12:30. Every other day starts at half 9, so I’m taking full advantage! I get some seminar prep done then head off to uni for my Critical Perspectives lecture.
I’ve got a meeting with one of my lecturers after class today to get some feedback on some previous essays. The assessment for this module is an essay, but writing them isn’t one of my strengths! My tutors are really helpful and offer some encouraging feedback that I’ll be able to apply to my assessment.
Early start again this morning for my 9.30 lecture in Control Systems. Two hours later my uni day is over, but I’ve got a working lunch with the Sales Manager at Revs. I’m President of the Business Society so we’ll discuss the events we’re hoping to host there this term.
After lunch I catch up with a friend I’ve not seen in a while. We end up sitting for hours having a natter over hot chocolate and waffles in the Roger Kirk Centre (the waffles here are AMAZING!!) I try to make sure I don’t just focus on uni work; it’s important to have some downtime too.
Another early start for my lecture in Tax. This is my other optional module and I really enjoy it. It also has the benefit of offering an exemption from one of the ICAEW professional exams. I’ve got a couple of hours free before my seminar this afternoon, so I spend the time writing up my notes from the lecture and doing some reading.
Tonight it’s pub quiz night so group of us head out to try and win a prize! Without much faith in our quiz abilities, we sit and eat sundaes and play along as much as we can. We don’t win, but all in all it’s still a good night!
I’m a bit tired after last night so getting up early is quite hard, but at least it’s Friday. My first seminar is at 9.30, and my second is at 11.30. I spend the hour in between writing up my notes.
After my seminars I go home and pack for a night in Leeds with a friend I met on placement. Months ago we booked to see Strictly Come Dancing Live. We haven’t seen each other since we finished our placements, as she goes to a different uni, so it’s great to catch up on everything! Strictly is FAB-U-LOUS as expected. We even met Mike Bushell’s parents (it seemed exciting at the time, I promise!)
I spend most of Saturday catching up on sleep. Then I do some shopping before heading home to catch up on some reading. On Sunday I have a nice lie-in, then write up my seminars from the week before. Then I sort out society emails, including sending our weekly members’ newsletter. Finally I do some preparation for an interview I’ve got coming up for a grad job.
My course makes it easy to have a healthy uni-social life balance. It’s important as sometimes uni can be stressful, particularly around deadlines. But I absolutely love my degree and I am so glad that I ended up here. Every day is different and there are so many opportunities to get involved in outside your studies!
Do you have any advice for getting the grades at A-Level since the subjects are really hard?
My best advice would be to work hard, but make sure you take a break as well; since coming to uni I’ve found the worst thing I can do is just sit and work solidly without a break. I’d also work through any past papers so you can familiarise yourself with the type of questions that get asked. Studying with a friend is also something good you can do as you can test each other and help each other if you get a bit stuck.
Sandra Telfort says
Thank you so much for sharing.
Jeremy Thorn says
I’m just visiting the Virtual Open Day Katy as a guest and noticed you were from Whitby.
I have a flat in Scarborough and have long been concerned about the fragile nature of our coastal economy. Is this something you might happen to know if your Department is already working on, or has any interest in?
My real interest is in ‘Entrepreurism’ and Economic Regeneration – having been involved with the S Yorks efforts just after the mine closures some time ago – and have an open mind on how I might possiblycontribute (if at all) to our beautiful coasal communities!
Any reply best by email if at all possible please, as I can’t be sure I will see your (or any other’s) reply otherwise. Thanks!