Chanel Sharp, Economics BSc with CEES

The feeling of support is overwhelming. Studying at the University of Birmingham has been the most important, and worthwhile decision I've ever made.

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Unwilling to just study Economics as a sole subject, and with a keen interest in Russian history and culture, the decision to study Economics with Central and East European Studies was perhaps unexpected at first, but is the perfect fit for me. Studying a major/minor degree gives an interesting perspective on University life, and I feel one that has led to me being a more well-rounded person. I study in a mathematical approach in my Economics modules and a more subjective approach with my other modules. It also means that I have a sustained interest in every one, because I only have a certain number of credits for each department.

Both the Economics departments and Russian departments are exceptional and keep in regular contact with me regarding degree information, internship opportunities, and even society events. The feeling of support is overwhelming. Studying at the University of Birmingham has been the most important, and worthwhile decision I've ever made. The city is so vibrant in the daytime and the evening, but the University itself surpassed all my expectations. With a beautiful campus, engaging class teachers, and great performance in league tables, it fills all my criteria. A campus university, but with the buzz of being in a city, makes for a fantastic combination where I feel safe and yet, free. There is a great community spirit surrounding the students here, and I'm always proud to say where I study. This summer, I have had the opportunity to work at Edelman; the world's largest independent PR agency, and I can say with confidence that my time at Birmingham has equipped me with the skills to not only secure this internship, but to excel in it, and for that, I cannot be thankful enough.

At Birmingham, it’s not all about studying either. Living in the UK's second largest city certainly does have its benefits, and Birmingham hosts a plethora of musical artists, cultural displays and shopping malls, and there is a student night on every single night. EconSoc; the Economics Society hosts excellent pub crawls involving not only students, but also lecturers, and is on hand to offer talks from Accountancy firms, and about securing internships and graduate positions to help out members. The on-site UoB facilities also help greatly. The Careers and Employability Centre is such an important resource, and the Student Union is the centre for student welfare.

I am confident that the three years at the University of Birmingham have well equipped me in my career, life, and prospects after University.

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