Have you wondered what it is like studying an undergraduate business degree at the University of Essex? Current student Kushal who studies at our Southend campus, is here to share his experiences and insights.

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1. Why BBA Business Administration at the University of Essex?

Choosing to study BBA Business Administration at the University of Essex was an easy decision for me. The university offers amazing opportunities for practical experience, including year-abroad programs, short-term study programs across the world and placement year options. These opportunities provide invaluable insights into different business cultures and practices, enriching my learning experience and enhancing my employability upon graduation. The diverse range of modules offered within the program allows me to explore various aspects of business management, from finance and marketing to entrepreneurship and strategic planning. Plus, the opportunity to study at the Southend campus, with its modern facilities, close-knit community, and shared spaces like the library and art gallery, was a bonus.

2. Studying at The University of Essex Southend Campus

Studying at the University of Essex Southend campus has been a rewarding experience. The campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including modern lecture theatres, collaborative workspaces, and a well-equipped library with an art gallery on the ground floor. The smaller class sizes foster a more personalised learning environment, allowing for meaningful interactions with my peers. Additionally, being located in the vibrant coastal town of Southend-on-Sea offers a unique backdrop for studying, with plenty of opportunities for relaxation and exploration outside of classes. Fun fact: Southend is home to the world's longest pleasure pier!

3. My favourite thing I've learnt so far  

One of the highlights of my course so far has been the module on International Business Management. Learning about the intricacies of developing and implementing strategic plans for businesses has been incredibly insightful. From analysing case studies to participating in group projects, I've gained valuable skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making that I know will benefit me in my future career. And let's not forget the complimentary language classes – mastering French while juggling business studies was a delightful challenge that opened doors to new possibilities in my career journey!

4. An average day as a BBA Business Administration student

An average day for me typically involves attending lectures and seminars, engaging in group discussions, and working on assignments. I like to start my day by grabbing a coffee from the cafe on the high street, which is right next to the Gateway building, before heading to class. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the town's picturesque coastline, going on long walks, trying out local cafes and restaurants, and attending student-led events and workshops. When it's time to hit the books, find your study spot in the gateway building with a view of the sea – talk about study goals! And let's not forget the after-hours fun – from parties in the local pubs to spontaneous game/movie nights in the common room, there's never a dull moment!

5. Fun tips and experiences

Throughout my time studying at the University of Essex, I've had the opportunity to participate in various extracurricular activities and events that have enriched my university experience. Let me whisk you away on a journey through some of the most unforgettable moments of my university life. From the adrenaline-pumping rides at Adventure Island, like the heart-stopping Axis and the exhilarating roller coaster known as Rage, to the serene beauty of Southend's coastline, each day was a new adventure waiting to be discovered. And amidst the thrills and excitement, the complimentary language classes added a touch of cultural immersion to my academic pursuits, enriching my university experience in unexpected ways. Let’s not forget the amazing shows organised and performed by my friends studying World Performance at East 15, there’s a diverse bunch of students here from around the world studying a variety of courses. You’ll find lots of friends who share your passions (other than studies, of course). So, if you're ready to dive into a world of excitement, learning, and endless possibilities, the University of Essex awaits your arrival!

6. Plans for after graduation

As I embark on the next chapter of my journey, I'm excited to apply the knowledge and skills I've gained and make a difference in the business world to a career in business management or entrepreneurship. Whether it's launching my own start-up or joining a dynamic organisation, I'm excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Additionally, I'm considering pursuing further studies to enhance my expertise and stay competitive in the ever-evolving business landscape.

In conclusion, studying Business Administration at the University of Essex has been an enriching and fulfilling journey for me. From the quality of education to the supportive community atmosphere, I've found everything I need to thrive academically and personally. If you're considering pursuing a degree in business administration, I highly recommend exploring what the University of Essex has to offer – you will not be disappointed!

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