Mihai Alexandru Codreanu
Why did you choose to study your course?
I think that the main advantage of the BA (Econ) programme is the flexibility to choose modules and tailor your degree to fit with your interests and career aspirations.
I was able to take modules ranging from subjects outside of Economics that I was interested in (such as Political Theory) to very technical modules in mathematical economics and advanced econometrics that prepared me for graduate studies.
What were the course highlights?
I’ve met some incredible professors in Manchester and I still regularly keep in contact with some of them! They opened so many doors for me and made me even more passionate about Economics. I am truly grateful for everything I have learned from them.
What was the most challenging part of your course?
Because of my financial situation, I spent a significant amount of time outside of my studies on part-time work, which made keeping up with everything difficult at times. Even so, there was a silver lining: I learnt a great deal about time management, productive work, and planning as a result.
Did you undertake any additional projects/initiatives as part of your course?
I did quite a bit! Throughout my studies, I worked part-time in the University Residential IT Services Team, at the Student Union, was a School of Social Sciences student ambassador/consultant, tutored several students, was a PASS Leader in Econometrics, and was actively involved with student societies. I also had several research-oriented summer internships partially supported through the Manchester Work Experience Bursary Scheme (which is a great initiative providing support for those who most need it!).
As an international student, what did you think of Manchester?
Manchester is a very beautiful and diverse city. As an undergraduate living on campus, you have the advantage of being surrounded by students from all across the world. Take advantage of it! It really can’t get easier than this to learn about different cultures.
Manchester also has beautiful libraries, excellent museums (those interested in economic history will know what I am talking about!), a very active social scene for students, and a truly diverse, international community.
What kind of accommodation did you live in?
For the entirety of my undergraduate studies, I lived in the Dalton Ellis Hall. This is partly because I was working as an IT Representative there. It’s also because the catering freed up some time that I could use for part-time jobs or additional academic activities.
However, my fondness for Dalton Ellis goes beyond that—it’s mostly about all the memories of meeting people in the dining hall. I’m not exaggerating when I say that over the years, I’ve had meals with hundreds of students, some of whom I remained close friends with.
Do you have any tips for prospective students?
I know this is something quite obvious but: DON’T BE SHY! The University of Manchester is enormous, and there are a lot of things going on at all times. It is your responsibility to find those that most suit your interests and particular goals.
Oh, and do take advantage of office hours! Speak about the course, your academic interests, your likes and dislikes, and your career goals. It’s a unique opportunity to chat 1-to-1 with leading academics and discuss about your subject.
If you could name one memorable experience from your time at Manchester, what would it be?
I will be slightly enigmatic and say Manchester (especially at night) has some very romantic spots! I will let the prospective students discover them on their own!