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Sarah Cripps

Programme: International Business and Economics
Year of study: 1

Before applying to university I knew that I wanted to study Business & Economics and looked at league tables to get an idea of where would be a good place to study. Aston was highly ranked and the fact that it offered a placement year was really important as only a few universities offer a placement with my course.

I found it really easy to settle in, as soon as I arrived the Aston Aunties helped carry things to my room. They also came round on the first evening and got everyone socialising in our kitchen. I made friends in my flat with lots of people from different courses before I started the programme and then made new friends with people on my course.

Sarah Cripps
Sarah Cripps

One of the best things about studying in Aston Business School is the common first year. I knew I wanted to study Economics but it gave me the chance to explore other subjects. What we are learning will be relevant in the future and learning about different subjects during the common first year programme provides a great knowledge base . The first year helps you to know that you’re studying the right subject and gives the opportunity to change if you prefer an alternative area of business. This is an opportunity that some of my friends have not had and the flexibility is a major attraction of the Business School.

Aston is a campus university with everyone on the same site so it is really easy to see your friends and you don’t have to get up early to make it to lectures! The campus is really nice as there are no strangers around and you can go and sit by the lake and enjoy the scenery.

Birmingham city centre is really close, which gives you the chance to go shopping whenever you want. There is lots of variety in terms of shops, music, clubs etc and it’s not too expensive as there are lots of promotions for students all around Birmingham. Transport links are also excellent and allow you to get around easily.

I haven’t decided what I want to do in the future as yet but I am looking at something with an international perspective. Even though I’m in the first year we’re already talking about placements and getting ideas about the roles which would suit us.

The highlight of my time here has been meeting new friends who I know I’ll keep in touch with for the rest of my life.

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