Loris, Economics and Management

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I was looking for a college with a central location, big rooms and good food, and I wasn’t disappointed! Trinity has definitely met my criteria.

I didn’t decide to apply to Oxford for Economics and Management until after my AS results. I was interested in courses involving economics, politics or business a few years into secondary school and settled on economics after starting Economics AS-Level.

I’d looked around Oxford and Cambridge with my school and decided that I preferred Oxford as a city. At first I couldn’t decide between E&M and PPE at Oxford. I knew I’d have to really enjoy all aspects of the course and the Philosophy part of PPE wasn’t for me. After my AS results I decided I’d give applying a shot.

I didn’t go on an Open Day, but I did some research about what students had to say about their colleges online. I was looking for a college with a central location, big rooms and good food, and I wasn’t disappointed! Trinity has definitely met my criteria. It also has just the right number of people- there are enough in the college to socialize with, but also that you get to know most people in your year really well.

Economics is all about applying Mathematics and using models to solve problems, so problem-solving and analytical skills are key. Attention to detail is also important, as questions often include subtle details to test your understanding of models. Finance requires similar skills, as well as the ability to apply real world issues to the maths elements. General Management requires an interest in the way organizations work and how we can use strategy to improve performance. This is an essay-based subject, and requires creativity to apply what you’ve read to the questions, blending qualitative and quantitative skills.

I find General Management the most interesting module. We get to learn different approaches to strategy, how organizations learn, marketing, power and many other areas. I find this interesting as I can apply these to real life situations. This was really useful in my summer internship as a Strategy and Operations intern.

I have six hours of lectures a week, two tutorials, and a two hour class. I spend most of my time working independently or with course mates, normally writing one essay and completing two problem sheets a week. I found my first few weeks at Oxford really hard because you have a large amount of work to get through for tight deadlines and you’re expected to work out methods for solving problems for yourself. I adapted to the workload fine, finding a few ways to work more efficiently along the way.

I have rowed for Trinity and competed in two races. I joined the Guild Business Society where I can go to networking events and listen to speakers in areas including business, finance, and entertainment. I have also helped out with undergraduate admissions interviews and open days. Next term I’m joining the Student Consultancy where Oxford students get to work together to solve problems for local businesses and charities.

The best thing about being a student at Oxford is the feeling that you’re getting the best preparation for your future, through the way we learn, all the great people that you meet, and through the different events that societies run, with speakers that are unlikely to come to other universities.

After University, I’m probably going to go into Management Consultancy. I hope to work out what sort of organization or industry I’d be most suited to. In the long term I’d like to be involved in corporate social responsibility, ensuring that organizations behave in ways that maximize their benefit to society.

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