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Having been here in Glasgow for about 5 months has truly been a great experience, not only in terms of education but also travelling. After I completed the pre-sessional course in August, I had a chance to travel to the Highlands just a week before the MBA course started. During the 5-day trip, I visited many places, namely Oban, Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Fort William, Ben Nevis, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Aviemore, Blair Castle, Dundee and St. Andrews and then it was the time for studying…
I can still remember the first day, the induction day, when I met all MBA academic and admin staff, students from previous batch and of course my FHADA classmates. It was a very warm welcome and a great opportunity to know other people and seek their advice and get tips towards studying the MBA at Strathclyde. We first started with the Learning Manager in which I learned all much about self-awareness and how to facilitate a group. Then we moved on to the scenario planning (EIBE) which was fully involved of brainstorming, researching, discussing and predicting possible future based on information we had in hands. After this we had the CPD session 1 in which a 1-page profile was made and later on uploaded to the SBS website. Subsequently, we had ASDM which is all about statistics. I struggled little bit when doing the assignment but with support from friends as a team, we were able to overcome these problems. Studying Managing People in Organisation (MPIO) gave me an insight of how to deal with different types of people in various circumstances and last but not least we had a Operations Management (OM) as the last subject before the December exams.
I found it was very interesting because of the way these subjects were dealt- we were not only learning theoretically from lectures but also getting practical knowledge by meeting with a number of guest speakers. Beyond that we had an industrial visit to Edrington group, where we had a factory tour to observe their operations to link what we had learned in class.
After the exams, I wanted to refresh myself before coming back for the second semester. Therefore, I decided to spend 13 days in England and 1 day in Edinburgh before coming to Glasgow. I went to many cities starting with York where I saw a very beautiful architecture of York Minster, the Diagon Alley (unfortunately it was under construction on my visit). A day after we went to Cambridge, walked around the University and did punting. We moved on for sightseeing at the University of Oxford and then we stayed in Cotswolds where we visited the Bibury village. This village is known for its honey-coloured seventeenth century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs. In the following day I went to Cardiff Castle, Millennium Centre and Cardiff Bay, Bath and the final stop was London where we celebrated Christmas and did lots of shopping on the Boxing day. There are 2 things I liked most about London, transportation and food. Then on December 31st I went to Edinburgh for the New Year celebration (Hogmany event). This was my first time of celebrating the New Year outside my home country. After this fun-filled and relaxing vacation, I am now back to my classroom for the new term and cannot wait for the new challenges that I will face in this semester!