This is my first post that actually opens my journey at Coventry University, where I have just survived first week of classes. I assume ( I’m quiet sure tbh) the system here is significantly different to the polish one, but you are here to find out yourself.
Starting with the basics, the first thing to astonish me was that we got our books for free without the need to queue more than a minute or having to fill in milions of papers etc. I don’t wanna know how much I would have cost me if I was to buy them all by myself..
Not mentioning my lecturers here would be a sin, as they are probably funnier than us students and talking to them feels both like “wow what a well-read person” and as if they were my age and about to go to a party.
My fav thing about this Uni is probably my schedule. Can you believe my earliest lecture starts at 10 ? Moreover that’s only on Monday, Tuesdays I begin at 2 and finish at 4 ! Wait for it… Wednesdays I can sleep all day long and Thursdays and Fridays I have 2 lectures only starting at 1. I couldn’t have asked for a better schedule.
Now, moving on to the week and what it looked like….
First was the lecture at 10 with one of our main lecturers. He introduced us to the International Business Environment module, but to be frank what I remember is I have an assignment due and an exam to come :). Next at 11 we met another lecturer with whom we had two-hour workshop about international trade and the importance of the import-export bond between countries. We worked in groups and I got to know some more people which was favourable as there’s like 498502 of us and I feel like i’m never gonna meet all of them.
Then I had an hour break so I certainly had a coffee
After that at 3pm we had another workshop called LEGO A-GO-GO. This was well.. interesting. Never in my life have I thought I would play lego at university. And there I was doing the thing.. Moreover our lecturer went to Tesco’s to buy us biscuits. Sounds ridiculous I know. 1st task was to build something to express ourself, so when the lady asked me what is my model showing my answer was – I had no idea what I was doing. 2nd task was to build a successful IBM student and I believe this model was actually kind of task-connected, but you can judge yourself.
At the end we were supposed to draw a map that would show our way to being successful. I’m not good at drawing but the discussion afterwards was valuable. What I have learned from the workshop is to take up every opportunity in life possible even in the risky ones; never give up and take the lesson from every mistake and most importantly STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Our last lecture of the day took place at 5pm and by the time everybody was exhausted. For this reason I cannot tell you exactly what was it about but I’ve remembered to write down “2 assignments due Nov and Dec”
An easy one. I only had 1 seminar at 2pm and one lecture at 6pm. The first one was with my favourite lecturer so far – T. She is the kind of a teacher you both fear and love. On that seminar we were supposed to find out about a recent story/fact etc about brexit that affected some local business and then share our results with others. I’m really keen on the fact that T’s teaching system is based on practice rather than theory.
Afterwards I had a 3-hour break and sadly I didn’t do anything worth mentioning..
At 6pm quiet a big and lecture took place. I believe we had people from 2 different courses there. The module is called CPD – Continuous Professional Development. What is it ? Well.. our first task was to write down our definition of the term.
Here’s mine: CDP is a record of what one has experienced, learned and then applied; a combination of approaches on undertakes in order to gain experience, a skill, formally and informally as they work
Other than that we were ‘lucky’ to be informed about 2 more assignments and then we called it a day !
On that glorious day I had no lectures nor seminars or workshops. But I’m not the person to stay in bed all day and watch movies so I used the time to finish a few of my modules’ homeworks and for the first time in my life I went to a spin class at a local gym and it defo killed me.
Well that was a looong productive day. To get the day started I went to the gym, afterwards I sadly had to spend some money AGAIN cause we ate all the food. Later on at 2pm I had a two hour lecture on managing multicultural organisational environments. We played “international” bingo to find out what other people’s cultures are about. Then at 3pm we had a one very big lecture which was all about introducing the freshners to the topic. To be honest I didn’t find any of that day’s lectures very crucial and interesting since we didn’t do anything besides introducing ourselves or listening “induction presentations”.
That day I missed almost half of my scheduled lectures as it was the flu that woke me up that day, so I ended up calling different doctors trying to set up an appointment asap. Having taken different drugs at around 1pm I started feeling better so I decided on giving my add vantage module a go. Add vantage is a module everyone can choose on their own and my choice was Italian. I’ve really wanted to learn one more language, for it’s very usefull in the business industry. I must admit we started pretty intense and I can actually see myself being intermediate by the end of this semester !
Afterwards, despite the flu I had to go to work where I spent next couple of hours.
Thinking about my first week, I have to admit I’m not used to having a completely different timetable every day and I am definitely gonna have to change my routine which means stepping out of my comfort zone.. But that’s a good thing as we learned on monday right ?