We’re so proud of our class of 2022. They’ve overcome enormous challenges, helped others, grasped opportunities, and developed their skills, showing their Essex Spirit in so many ways. And they’ve done all of this during a global pandemic when life – and student life – changed beyond recognition. Here, we’re taking the opportunity to share some of their stories.
Tue 12 Jul 22
Essex’s ‘rebels with a cause’ mantra isn’t just a slogan for Mantika Singh – it’s a philosophy that inspired her to come to Essex and it’s what’s helped her become more courageous, empathetic, and independent.
Mantika Singh, who studied economics, chose her degree because she wanted the flexibility of working in the financial services, data, or research sectors.
She chose Essex because she wanted to go to a campus university, and she was drawn to its philosophy.
Two decisions she said she is very happy she made.
“I wanted to go to a campus university and Essex’s ‘rebels with a cause’ philosophy as well as its unique characteristics attracted me,” she said. “I’m extremely glad about both these decisions and if given the chance, I would choose economics and Essex again.”
One of the biggest challenges she faced during her degree was trying to find a placement during COVID times. It was a year-long job search during the pandemic, which included many rejections and roadblocks along the way.
“Support from my family, friends and the Essex Careers and Placement team – as well as my perseverance and determination to not give up – helped me push through and secure a work placement in London,” she said.
Mantika said her time spent at Essex has shaped her personality, and that she is proud of the person she has become.
“I’ve become more courageous, empathetic, and independent. Funnily enough, I only recently learnt Essex’s motto: “Thought the harder, heart the keener”, and I think it perfectly sums up my learnings over the past four years.
“The University of Essex gave me joy, happiness, and an understanding of a truly worldwide community,” she added. “It welcomed me with open arms, it was my first home in the UK, and I’m leaving with memories and friends for life”.
Mantika is graduating from the Department of Economics with a BSc Economics (including placement year). She has secured a job on a graduate scheme with the Bank of England. She will be working in the supervision department, and studying for a Masters degree part-time.