10 things I wish I knew before joining the Business School

By Alicia Briedis and Andrew Donald

As students in the Business School, for the last two years we’ve learnt a fair amount about how to make the most of your time here. When first joining university, it can be hard to find the information and support you want. Working with the Student Experience team within the Business School for the last month helping to plan the Welcome Week events and timetables, we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of things we wish we had known before arriving.

Here’s a list of 10 things we wish we knew before joining the Business School:

1. The Business School has a number of course-related societies such as the Business Society and Sussex Trading Society, and getting involved in those that interest you is a great way to meet like-minded people.

Enactus Society at the Business School Welcome Evening 2017

Enactus Society at the Business School Welcome Evening 2017

2. You will have an Academic Advisor who is there to help you with any problems you face at University and in the School, so it’s a good idea to get to know them as they will be the same for the duration of your degree. You can find out who your Academic Advisor is on Canvas.

3. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for additional help if you’re struggling with your studies, tutors are there to help and offer guidance.

4. The Business School offers more than just academic support, any issues you have can be raised and they will work hard to find a solution with you.

5. You should complete seminar work before arriving to get the most out of the seminar. University study is ultimately led by you; the more you put in, the more you’ll gain from the experience.

6. Lectures and seminars last 50 minutes to give you 10 minutes to get to your next lecture/seminar.

7. Each of your modules will have a handbook laying out everything you need to know about the module, including the weekly lecture topics and coursework information. You can find them on Canvas and it’s a good idea to give them a read before you start the module.

8. Almost all of our modules use at least one core textbook to assist with studies, and the library often has a few copies or you can purchase them second hand to save some money.


9. You will be given readings after every lecture/seminar, and they are often essential in gaining a full understanding of the topic.

10. If the library is too busy or you just want a change of scenery to work, you can book one of the pods in Jubilee.

We hope this helps, and look forward to seeing you all in Welcome Week!

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