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Yadira Del Carmen Contreras, full-time MBA, from Tlalpan

 
The University has everything on one site, I really like that. The facilities are great and we at the School of Management are particularly spoiled: we have our own common room with computers and wi-fi.
 

Yadira studied first at a Mexican university and worked for the Mexican government.

Why did you decide to come to Bath?

I wanted to do my Masters abroad and I wanted to do it in English because a good knowledge of English is really important in my career. Obviously, I had the option to go to the United States or Canada, but I have always been fond of Europe, so I decided for the United Kingdom.

The decision to come to Bath was made at the British Council Higher Education Fair in Mexico City. The people at the Bath stand were really nice and told me all about this unique programme.

I did a bit more research about the city itself, the programme and the weather… the weather was very important! Bath just ticked all the right boxes!

What do you like about your course?

I really like all my classmates and the community in the School of Management. There are a lot of international students on my course and you can learn a lot from people from other cultures, but also from people who have worked before and know a lot more than myself.

What’s the best thing about being in Bath?

I think Bath is a very nice place to study. The University has everything on one site, I really like that. The facilities are great and we at the School of Management are particularly spoiled: we have our own common room with computers and wi-fi. All of my teachers are very good and everyone’s so nice.

And of course, Bath is a very safe environment!

What are your career aspirations and how has Bath helped with these?

I will be going back to my country and I do expect to get a very good job with my degree from Bath!

Bath has a reputation of being an excellent university and I do expect that to benefit my career in all aspects.

But beyond the career benefits I have learnt so much, being abroad and getting to know so many different cultures.

What were the biggest challenges you had to overcome when moving to the UK?

It’s hard to get used to a completely new style of living- being all by yourself, but also coping with a different language, different food and a different educational system. But I did get used to it all in the end.

When I started my course I was so worried I might not be able to keep up with all that reading and all those long essays. My department was really supportive and I did a workshop on how to cope with all of it. But really, I think my classmates helped a great deal, too. Because we are all in the same situation, we kept motivating one another: “Come on, we can do this!” And although it is still a tough course, now I really got used to the workload.

How did you experience British culture?

Luckily, I had a chance to learn quite a lot about it. In the beginning there were many things I didn’t understand. Especially the cars, all driving on the right, confused me very much. And I was very close to accidents a couple of times. But yes, some of my British class mates were very nice and they explained a lot of things about holidays and traditions.

What do you think of the facilities in Bath?

For the university in general they are very good: the library is a nice light place and everything’s up to standards, but for the School of Management in particular facilities are excellent!

My accommodation, off-campus university accommodation, is lovely too.

How are you funded?

I got two scholarships which did help, but I am paying for the rest myself.