More about Samuel
What were the key features that attracted you to your course?
“Marketing has always been special to me. It is one of the only disciplines that strongly links creativity and statistics – two things that I am passionate about. The sandwich route was appealing to me as I recognize how important industry experience is.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“There are some genuinely fascinating modules in the course, but the best thing has been the people. There’s a genuine and friendly vibe about NTU students and staff. It doesn’t matter what your background is – everyone is equal and treated with respect.”
What do you think about the course staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How do they support your learning and University experience?
“Overall, great. Good banter from the staff and they are happy to listen to your ideas rather than shoot down any that don’t fit their views. The teaching that is focused on ‘real-world’ skills that will prepare you for the workplace, rather than pure theory.”
What do you think about the facilities available to you?
The facilities are decent at NTU. Nice and modern study rooms with good light which makes a big difference. There’s not a lot worse than a dark, dingy classroom – it crushes inspiration. There are also laptops available, free to hire and many computers around. And the sports facilities in City and Clifton are top-notch too.
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is such a fun place to be as a student. It has a strong music scene and community. Everything is walking distance in and around the city. It’s pretty cheap to live here. And best of all, people are friendly. And best, best of all, there seems to be a Greggs around every corner.”
Why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?
“NTU prepares you for the real world. Not only that but the summer school opportunities each year are unreal. Nottingham Business School offers a range of opportunities to spice up your CV and get you ready for employment.”
What work experience/placement have you completed? – Where you went and what you did?
“For my sandwich year, I worked with The Wall Street Journal in New York. It was an incredible experience and has led to opportunities that have changed my life. While I was there, I was able to work on and lead genuinely important projects, focusing on brand and strategy in student marketing. I now work remotely in the same team, alongside my studies at NTU.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I plan to move to New York and continue working with The Wall Street Journal when I graduate. The culture is fantastic and the work itself has genuine meaning to it, delivering trusted news in these turbulent times.”
What opportunities have you had as a result of studying with NBS? (e.g. course rep, CERT mentor, volunteering) How have these activities contributed to your university experience?
“There has been an incredible range of opportunities at NTU. In my first year, I was elected as the Marketing course representative which built my communication skills and confidence interacting with students and staff. Over that summer, NTU offered a scholarship to study International Marketing and Management at WU Vienna, Austria. These were some of the best weeks of my life, making amazing new friends from around the world. In my second year, I became a student mentor, which allowed me to develop people skills further while helping first-year students excel in their work.
I then interned at Nottingham City Council as part of my second year at NTU alongside my studies. This experience helped lead my internship in New York at The Wall Street Journal. After an immense year of work there, I gained an NTU and Santander scholarship to study Intercultural Communication and Strategic Intelligence at Sichuan University, China. I made incredible friends here too and the courses were fascinating. Finally, I am back in Nottingham, ready to complete my final year. Exciting times ahead!”