Chiedozie Okorafor’s first impressions of Middlesex University - London
Learn what it's like to be a student at Middlesex University in North London.
Middlesex University is a public university located in Hendon, in North London. Overall, the campus has 25,000 students and is home to 8,000 international students from all around the world.
SchoolApply got in touch with Chiedozie Christian Okorafor, a first-year student at Middlesex University. She shared her first impressions and initial experiences at the school.
Student Name: Chiedozie Christian Okorafor
Program: BA in Marketing
Expected Graduation: August 2019
Favourite class: My favourite class is Marketing Intelligence simply because it’s such a fun and interactive class.
First five words that come to mind when you think of Middlesex: Modern, comfortable, special, sensational, dynamic.
Can you tell us a little bit about where you are from and where you have studied?
My family is from Nigeria but I have grown up in Walthamstow, East London. I have studied in London my whole life.
My experiences in primary and secondary school were mainly positive. I made many friends who will probably remain friends for life. In my opinion, going to school in this part of London is all about character. If you have a shy personality, you may struggle. And I can’t lie, I had moments when I was struggling, but I’m stronger now for it. Overall, though, I can look back on my school memories with content.
Why did you choose to attend Middlesex University in London?
I decided to pursue my degree in the UK because it made good sense. I already live here and the United Kingdom is one of the best places in the world for higher education, with elite universities in almost every city.
I heard about Middlesex (MDX) University in secondary school and then I found out more in my final year of sixth form. I decided to study at Middlesex University because they gave me the best offer, with no foundation year, not to mention their facilities are top-class. There’s an encouraging, enthralling atmosphere that is easygoing and welcoming. It doesn’t have a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) metro train going through the main campus, but those are the type of things that don’t take priority when you’re planning the next stage of your life.
What are you studying and why?
I’m pursuing a BA in Marketing. I chose this degree because it heavily links with the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business that I did in sixth form college. Of all the facets of business, Marketing offered some excitement that appealed to me, and I felt like I had the skills and knowledge to do well in the university course.
What was your initial impression and experience at MDX?
I thought the campus was nice and bigger than my college building. I was impressed with the facilities and the library in particular. It’s an amazing architectural masterpiece! Before my first class, I was obviously nervous, yet excited… I was also a little frustrated because I ended up being 10 minutes late!
Did you have any problems adjusting to life at Middlesex?
Initially, it was a bit challenging for me to adjust to university. I have been born and raised in the heart of East London, where most people are generally shy, withdrawn and not very gregarious. However, when I make the 1 hour and 45 minute journey across London to get to MDX, everything changes. The environment changes - it’s not your typical London landscape, it is quite leafy and natural compared to what you usually see in 21st century London. More importantly, the people change; people at MDX are much more friendly and sociable and are actively looking to build relationships.
At first, I found it challenging to integrate into the new environment, but fortunately, people found me likeable and I eventually managed to connect with almost everybody in my course! It probably took me about a month to be totally comfortable with my new surroundings and fellow students.
How do your current studies support your interest and talent?
My Marketing course provides me with the opportunity to make real, healthy progress in my pursuit of happiness. I adore the concept of marketing as a career as it provides me with the opportunity to thrive in an environment which conveniently fits my skills and talents. I have a way with words, I’m good at convincing people of things and I am very creative. This course provides me the chance to use my talents and take my interest in marketing to a new, professional level.
After I graduate, I will use my accumulated experience and knowledge to begin a career in advertising, which is heavily related to Marketing.
What would you say to international students who are considering studying abroad for university?
I would tell them to maximise their opportunity. If an offer comes to study overseas, they should grab it. A chance to test new waters is always a special and unique opportunity. At the end of the day, it depends on what they want. For me, MDX’s strengths are all about the location. It’s in London but it doesn’t have the hectic atmosphere and surroundings that come with your normal London destination. This is what attracted me to the school.
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