Every day is different as a Master’s International Events Management student at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM): full of excitement, learning, and new experiences. Every day provides a new challenge and an opportunity to delve deeper into the world of event management.
It might be sitting in front of a laptop and reading various literature and academic materials, or perhaps being dynamic and working on an event and executing it. I absolutely love the second, but there is no second without the first! The course is so diverse that you gain various skill sets, the most important of which are time management, multi-tasking, and detail-oriented behaviour.
Now, let me now offer you a glimpse into one of my days at the University,
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
I’m not a morning person, and I have a class at 9:00 am on this particular day. I sprint from my accommodation at Stag Hill Court, coffee in one hand (I need to keep awake), to make it to class on time. I have a Live Event class where we study risk management and then meet with the professor to discuss our progress on the event – ‘SHTM Carnival’ – that we’ve been preparing and will be executing as one of our assignments in May.
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
I meet with my team to review future tasks and the present status of each department for the SHTM Carnival. In between, I attend a call with our possible sponsors to pitch our event, which I actually think went great.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
It’s time for lunch!!!!! When I’m craving something greasy, I go to Wates House (one of the campus’s food and drink joints) with my friends from different departments to get cheesy fries and a burger. Later, I get a super delicious Oreo Milkshake on the go. I then head to meet my other coursework group to discuss the forthcoming presentation with my milkshake in my hand.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
I’m on my way to another seminar: Accounts and Finance. I love numbers and am good with them, but because I’m learning accounts for the first time, I pay close attention to these seminars to ensure that I don’t miss any concepts. The professor also ensures she keeps the class interesting and engaging as many students are studying this module for the first time.
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Following the seminar, I attend a networking event as a course representative, where approximately 30 students and a few of their professors travelled from the United States as part of their International Cultural Module. Considering I enjoy meeting new people, I jump at the chance to meet them all and learn a little bit about their studies while also sharing a little bit about mine and the University.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
I’m tired by this time, but the day isn’t finished yet. I eat a banana and put on my running shoes before jogging around the lake and through the campus. Jogging is one of my favourite ways to unwind. After the run, I feel satisfied, and it also helps me sleep well at night.
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
I eat now that I’m hungry again. I’m not a great cook, but luckily, my closest friends on campus enjoy cooking and are fantastic cooks. I end up going to their house for dinner, and at the end of it, I’m so full and content with my productive day that I just want to go home, crawl into my duvet, put a movie on my laptop, and slowly fall asleep.