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Meet the Class of 2020 – Kshitija Kulkarni

Hi I’m Kshitija from International Marketing MSc! The year 2020 has been a curveball in so many ways. But despite the hardships that everyone faced, I would definitely put 2020 down as my favourite year, all thanks to Newcastle!

My favourite memory of Newcastle

There are so many memories associated with Newcastle, so it’s really hard to pick a single one that would occupy the position as my favourite. Nonetheless, if I had to pick one, it would probably be the time I celebrated the end of exams for Semester 1 with my course mates.

Who knew that would probably be the last time all 10 of us would be together, laughing and relaxing after a stressful week of assessments? The night of 27th January, where I spent hours in the company of people who have now become a vital part of my life, laughing, eating, enjoying with pints and good music with the lovely Ouseburn and Quayside acting as the backdrop would definitely be my favourite memory in Newcastle.

The best thing about Newcastle

I was poetic about Newcastle all the time, but I would say the best thing about Newcastle would be its people. I have never met people who are so open and welcoming.

Being an international student, the question of fitting in is one that worries you when you make the decision to move to a foreign country. But the huge hearts and open arms of Geordies made me feel at home right from the beginning. Their friendly demeanour is something that is truly legendary.

The best thing about my course

Choosing Newcastle University Business School and especially my course MSc. International Marketing was the right choice for me in so many ways. And whilst I would be one of only a few to say this – but the best thing about my course would have to be the dissertation we have to submit for our master’s.

MSc. International Marketing requires you to complete a 60-credit independent research dissertation on a topic of your choice. I was a bit apprehensive about this part at first, but the entire process of the undertaking an independent research project on a topic of my choice became my favourite thing about the course. I thoroughly enjoyed applying what I had learnt through the process.

Advice to my previous self/new students

Having said all about how much I loved my time in Newcastle, it was not hunky-dory all the time. If there is one piece of advice I could give to my previous self or to any new students, it would be this – “Make the most of the opportunities and the one year given to you. It will go by in the blink of an eye and you will never get this time as a student back”. Now in December, when I look back at last year it really feels like time literally flew.

Where I see myself in 5 years’ time

  • Hopefully, in 5 years I would get another chance to enjoy the wonderful student life as a PhD student in Marketing at Newcastle University. I look forward to returning to Newcastle again in the near future for graduation to celebrate my master’s and then hopefully as a PhD student at Newcastle University.


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