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Jessica Sutedjo MSc Digital Business and Entrepreneurship, 2018


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I’ve had the chance to join the Business Innovation Programme which has helped me to polish my skills in consultancy, problem solving and teamwork through working with students from other subjects.

Why did you choose to study at Southampton?

The University of Southampton offers a very unique programme that I was looking for, as I’m interested in start-up business and how big the potential in this area is in the future. In addition, we could get better benefits from other Universities as it's well known and they have a reputation as one of the best places to study about the Web. Have I not mentioned that Southampton students once had the opportunity to be taught by the founder of World Wide Web? Furthermore, we were also taught how to combine both of our disciplines and bring a new perspective to topics.

What is it like studying here?

It is a great place to study with more independent study than my previous University, but students are able to freely discuss and ask questions to the lecturers. Another good thing to mention is we’ve got a lot of support from the University (e.g: Personal Academic Tutor, Academic Skill Support, Health and even Emotional Support). The city of Southampton itself is nice for study and even for fun, and London is less than 1.5 hours away.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

The opportunities to get broader perspectives from other faculties, and not just the Business School, gives me a solid foundation about business idea and technical stuff (like the technology behind what makes us distinctive from others), and we can integrate them into our work or even an academic career if we decide to do more studying.

Have you taken advantage of any extra opportunities outside of your course?

Yes, I’ve had the chance to join the Business Innovation Programme which has helped me to polish my skills in consultancy, problem solving and teamwork through working with students from other subjects. In addition, I also get a chance to help fellow students by being a Course Representative and get a chance to voice our opinion to the University. There are also lots of organisations that help us to improve our skills, such as Future Worlds, Enactus, Fish on Toast and Code for Girls, where I have learnt basic coding.

What have been your Southampton highlights so far?

Most of them are amazing for me so it is difficult to say which one is the best. But if I had to choose, the experience to get a lot of knowledge in the University through interaction with the lecturers, evening seminars, wide range of journal subscriptions, and even extra activities that help students to pursue their dream in the future.

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person?

It helps me to understand the wide range of cultures as there are very diverse nationalities and personalities. Each of them has their own style of learning and we can learn to adapt and bring the best results. I’ve also learnt how to maximize the independent study and to transfer my knowledge into a proper presentation (through coursework etc).

How do you rate the University's facilities?

The facilities are quite good and the libraries are great as we can access them easily.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

The transport is really easy and the UniLink and Bluestar buses can take us almost anywhere in Southampton. The Southampton Common is really nice as it provides the city with a mini forest. Southampton's location is near to London so we could easily go there if we want to do something different.

What are your plans and/or ambitions after you graduate?

Studying here, I realised that it wasn’t enough for us to learn just for 1 year and expect to get everything so I planned to do another degree and learn more about my chosen subject.

What advice would you give to a student starting their degree at Southampton?

You should be actively involved, take the initiative to maximize your study as there are a lot of opportunities, waiting to be reached by curious students. Future students should try to find subject that interest them the most as well as it will be helpful when you are studying. One more thing, try to get involved in social activities as well, especially for international students, and familiarize yourself with this country's culture.

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