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Meet the Class of 2020 – Rachel Kammerman

Hi! My name is Rachel and I am graduating from the International Business Management MSc postgraduate programme at Newcastle University. I had such a blast during my time here, and I’d love to tell you all a little bit about it, and give you some tips and tricks for your time here!

What advice would you give to new students?

I think I have a bit of a different perspective from most students, as I came from the USA to study in the UK. If I could tell new students anything, I would tell them to not be afraid to try new things and put yourself out there. Before I left for the UK I was really worried. Would I fit in? Would I make new friends? If I could go back and time and talk to myself during this time period, I would tell myself all my worry was for nothing. Everyone was so friendly, and I’ve never had an easier time fitting in anywhere.

During my time at NU, I decided to step a bit out of my comfort zone and join the basketball team, something I hadn’t done at my undergraduate programme. It turned out to be one of my best decisions. I got to learn more about a sport I enjoyed, and make loads of new friends along the way.

What is the best thing about Newcastle?

I’d have to say the best thing about Newcastle is the endless amount of coffee shops. Every week my best friend and I would try at least one new one. Throughout the year, we never had to repeat a store, and each shop offered new and tasty treats. When you find yourself looking for a coffee shop, I highly recommend “The Canny Goat”!

What was the best thing about your course?

I would have to say the best part of my course was the fact that it was a bit smaller in number of students than my course in the USA. This means there were loads of opportunities to participate, speak up, and be known by your professor. I loved having this as it made it really easy to feel comfortable reaching out and asking questions to professors.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Thanks to my programme, I feel more secure in what I want for the next five years for myself. I see myself in a management position at a mid-size company, responsible for aspects such as global outreach. My time in the International Business Management Programme solidified my interest in working for a corporation in a global sense, and I’m so excited to continue my career path in this direction.

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