Class of 2023: Emiliano Hysi

We’re so proud of our Class of 2023. 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 pandemic when life – and student life – changed beyond recognition. Here, we’re taking the opportunity to share some of their stories.

  • Date

    Wed 5 Jul 23

Headshot of Emiliano Hysi

Footballer, Emiliano Hysi wanted to stay at the top of his game while studying. At Essex he found both an excellent academic reputation and an inclusive and supportive campus sports environment.

Emiliano graduates this summer from the Department of Economics with a BSc Financial Economics, he has not been disappointed by Essex.

Emiliano said of his degree course: “Financial economics offered me a perfect blend of theoretical frameworks and practical applications, allowing me to explore complex economic concepts while also understanding their real-world implications.”

At the same time, he adds: “My passion for sports and competition has been a driving force in my life. When I considered joining the University of Essex, I was eager to continue my athletic journey and make the most of the opportunities available to me, so I joined the Men’s football team.

“Getting involved in sport at Essex was my chance to bring my experience and knowledge from playing professional/semi-professional football to a new setting, helping me develop my skills and be part of the sports community at the University.

“Beyond the technical and tactical aspects of the game, I hoped to share my experiences, be a positive role model for aspiring athletes and so help create an environment that fosters both individual and team success.”

“I forged bonds with teammates, coaches, and fellow students, creating a support network that goes way beyond the playing field. This was my source of support, encouragement, and friendship throughout my university journey.”

High on Emiliano’s list of what Essex has taught him is that with good planning and discipline, he could keep up with his football without letting his academic work suffer. He says: “Balancing my match commitments with academic deadlines sharpened my time management skills and discipline. I learned to prioritise and create schedules, to make the most of my time. I wasn’t prepared to let either my studies or my game suffer.

“Sports at Essex challenged me mentally and taught me the importance of mental strength and resilience. I learned to stay focused, maintain a positive mindset, and persevere through adversity. These skills have not only benefited me in sports but also in various aspects of my life, including academics and professional pursuits.”

The team spirit on the pitch was also evident in his studies.

Emiliano says: “Collaborating with classmates on group projects, engaging in stimulating discussions, and studying together has not only deepened my understanding of economic concepts but has also fostered lasting friendships. Sharing a common interest in economics has created a sense of community, where we can exchange ideas, provide academic support, and celebrate our achievements together.

There have been two highlights for Emiliano.

He was selected to represent England Universities in football. He says: “This provided me with an opportunity to compete at a high level, alongside talented players from various universities across the country. It was a chance to showcase my abilities, test myself against formidable opponents, and learn from experienced coaches and teammates.”

And the second was the chance to meet professionals in the field of economics and finance at the employability talks organised by the Department of Economics, at which business people from various industries share their insights and experiences, providing valuable guidance on career paths and opportunities.

He says: “These talks have provided a platform to learn from successful professionals who have carved out impressive careers in diverse sectors. They have shared their personal journeys, provided valuable advice on building a successful career, and offered insights into the skills and qualities that are highly valued in the job market.”

After graduation, Emiliano is considering a master’s degree in economics before he secures a job in the banking sector.