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“Well I have lost a stone, typed more words than I care to remember, now use reading glasses and would be quite happy to explain the finer points of regression analysis or the differences between a political and symbolic frame.

The 1st term has certainly been fast paced and demanding. Once the last module of the term was complete, there was a brief pit stop to celebrate St Andrews day with a ceilidh in the city centre and then it was straight into exam revision. By the time the last exam came round on the 14th of December, everybody was ready to let their hair down and party, and party we did! A great night was had frequenting some of Glasgow’s finest drinking establishments and healing our scars from the 3 month battle we had just endured. Everybody was delighted by the thought of going to bed that evening and not having to get up early to revise, attend lectures or meet with their group on assignments.

Was it all that bad? No. Yes it was hard work, but we all a gained a huge amount of satisfaction from it. While partying the night away after the last exam we were able to feel proud of what had been achieved so far. Without knowing the results of all our assignments or exams, we could all be content that we had given it our best shot individually and as a team.

Although some remained in Glasgow, most went home to their families for Christmas to relax and unwind ready for the second term. During these three weeks I was able to reflect on what had happened and what I had l learned. Rather than the subject material, what struck me most was how my ability to cope with the uncertain had changed. I was beginning to be very comfortable with being thrown a completely new scenario or situation in class, having 15 – 20 minutes to work on it and then coming back in to present the solution. This was becoming standard practice and was really building confidence in people. With each task people improved as they built on past experience and introduced methods and learning from previous modules. While I previously shied away from working in groups, I now welcome the opportunity as I am able to appreciate the gains that can be made by utilising each other’s strengths. Overall I am very satisfied with my decision to study an MBA at Strathclyde.

After three short but fantastic weeks, I was back up in Glasgow ready to start round two. I was worried it might take a while to get back up to speed, but I had no need to be. In no time at all we were all working on our assignment for Financial and Managerial Accounting, and bouncing ideas of each other as to which companies to study. There is no doubt the second term will bring its challenges, but this time we have an idea what to expect and are better prepared for the fight!