MSc Economics and Finance
My name is Tapiwa Chiwaridzo, I am studying an MSc in Economics and Finance and I’m from Zimbabwe.
I’d say the highlight of my programme so far has been, or is, a current module I’m doing. There’s an essay we have to write on the role of law in developing economies, encouraging growth. Coming from Zimbabwe I know that there is a bit of an issue with the role of law and governments and growth and it’s quite an interesting topic to research.
I’ve developed my employability at Loughborough by attending a few “know-how courses”, so they are courses on how to improve your CV or tailor your CV to certain companies, as well as programmes or should I say sessions on teaching you how to improve your results at assessment centres. And I think in that way I’ve improved my employability.
The first thing I’d say to someone considering studying my course at Loughborough is you have to get ready for a Masters level course. My first semester I treated it as an undergraduate course, and whilst the lectures can be similar, you are expected to do a lot more reading. I would say the first thing you should know if you are doing a masters level course and you have to hit the ground running.
It was easy to settle in at Loughborough because coming from a country like Zimbabwe my first language is English; we do have a lot of British culture in our country so it wasn’t too hard, not hard at all.
When I first came, which was in my undergraduate year we had lots of activities where you meet people, you go out, you have fun, there are a lot of sporting activities so in that way you almost forget that you’re in a new place and everything else takes over. Then 3 months down the line you realise you know, you’ve settled in and you don’t even notice!
As a postgraduate student the social life at Loughborough is pretty good I’d say, I mean there’s a number of clubs to go out to that undergraduates go out every single night if they can, but as a postgrad you do go out less often, but there are a few restaurants and bars where you can go out for drinks so that’s what me and my course mates do after big exams or particularly hard weeks!
I also joined, affiliated myself to John Phillips hall which is the postgraduate hall and with that you get to play a lot of sports for them, you get to meet a lot of people, you get invited out to halls drinks, so you still feel like a big part of the University as opposed to staying off campus and doing your own thing.
The thing I enjoy most about being a Loughborough University student is that you grow on many different fronts. It’s not a place that makes you stick your head in the books all day, although we’re known for sport we’re not training every single day, and the social life is quite good. So I’ve been here for a while now and I’ve noticed that obviously my academic life has improved – I’ve grown – I’m now a masters level student, I do play sports for my university and for my halls, and I have a lot of friends – a lot of lifelong friends which I’ll probably have for the rest of my life so yeah I think that’s my favourite thing about Loughborough.