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Alex Tschan BSc Management 2017

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My executive role within the business and entrepreneurship society ‘Fish on Toast’ significantly helped me to develop leadership, managerial and organisational skills.

Nationality: Italian

What made you choose Southampton?
Southampton has a very good reputation being part of the Russell Group. The city is perfect for students, being close to London, the beach and having a massive variety of bars, restaurants and clubs.
What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ whilst studying here?
When I got my final results and I realised I was actually done! And many more memories!
What opportunities did you take up (within your degree programme and extra-curricular)? In what ways have they helped your personal development?
I was part of the business and entrepreneurship society ‘Fish On Toast’ and led its business accelerator. My role was to help bright students with entrepreneurial ideas to develop concrete business plans, help them find mentors and investors and organise workshops to take their ideas to the next level.
Did you participate in any extra-curricular activities that provided skills you will use after leaving university?
My executive role within the business and entrepreneurship society ‘Fish on Toast’ significantly helped me to develop leadership, managerial and organisational skills.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
I enjoyed the large number of guest lecturers/entrepreneurs/leaders who attended our lectures, sharing real life business experiences. I also loved the multi-cultural atmosphere there was. The large majority of my lecturers and course mates were of different nationalities and it made studying and working on projects together much more interesting.
What networking, employment and work experience opportunities did you undertake and did they enhanced your Southampton experience?
Both the societies and University organise a large number of networking events with entrepreneurs and industry leaders. I attended and organised many of those. Obviously they enhanced my Southampton experience and prepared me for the real life.
What is Southampton like as a place to study? 
It’s great, fun, affordable and full of young students.
What advice would you give to a student starting their degree at Southampton?
My advice would be to never say no to anything. Do as many activities as possible, never say no to a night out or to a weekend trip, enjoy every moment! I spent the best years of my life here and I would do it all over again if I could.

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