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Alexandra Vaughan

Nationality: British
Programme: International Business & Modern Languages (Spanish & German)
Year of Study: 1

I choose to study at Aston Business School because I wanted to combine business and languages in a way that interlinked. Aston was only one of two universities that offered this. The size of the university and its sense of community was also very appealing to me.

I was really nervous about my first few days at Aston, but after being welcomed by all the 'aunties' and meeting lots of people in the same position as me, I just started enjoying meeting new people from all over the world.  Most people have come from different parts of the UK or the world, and everyone wants to make new friends.

The best thing about studying at ABS is the sense of community between students and lecturers on IBML. Because we are a small group everybody knows one another and the lecturers take time to get to know you. The teaching is great!  Lecturers are so friendly, and approachable. At the start of university, I wanted to add another language onto my course. Our course director took the time to sit me down and ask how I was feeling, before showing me which options I could choose. Two weeks later we passed in the corridor and he asked me if I was feeling happier now. I thought it was a nice of him to have stopped and showed an interest.

Apart from being very happy at how much my languages have improved, the best thing about Aston University is its people. I didn’t think I would find so many good friends from so many different cultures in such a short space of time. I think this is one of the things that makes you miss home less and makes your university experience so much better!

Birmingham’s nightlife is great! It has a wide range of clubs, with music for everyone’s taste, bars, cheap and expensive restaurants, and of course, the Bullring! Birmingham’s shopping is great, as it is a 10 minute walk from Aston and there are also plenty of things to do around the area apart from shopping. The closeness of Aston to the city centre is one of the advantages of the university.

As I have said already, the community is what makes Aston so likeable. Because all facilities are located on campus, you always feel like you’re at home. Aston is like its own little world, it has everything, from cafes to chip shops, pubs to the Student Guild, what more could you want? Seeing how much my friends love it on campus, in my second year I am moving into student accommodation 2 minutes away from Aston, and I can’t wait!

I feel like I made the perfect choice coming to Aston and I am looking forward to the next three years!

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