A fun-filled and enriching experience

Moving out of his comfort zone proved to be an excellent decision for BSc Banking and Finance student, Tan Wi Lex
BSc Banking and Finance student Tan Wi Lex
Tan Wi Lex at the entrance to LSE's New Academic Building
LSE would now be one of my top selections when pursuing my postgraduate studies after my degree

They say that seeing the world and experiencing other cultures is essential to personal development. What motivated me to attend the LSE Summer School programme – instead of those offered by other universities – was largely influenced by my opinion that LSE is one of the world’s most renowned universities in the field of Economics and Finance. My choice was further vindicated considering that London is one of the most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse cities in Europe. Being a part of the LSE Summer School has given me the opportunity to study and live in central London, at the very heart of the most ethnically diverse capital in the world.

Thinking back, I was afraid to join the Summer School programme as no one I knew was interested in it. Adam Khoo once said, “Let emotions serve you and not enslave you”. This was something I thought about before taking the plunge and deciding to attend the Summer Abroad programme.

LSE Summer SchoolOne can argue that negative emotions serve a positive purpose as they signal the need to change something, and that fear tells us that we need to be better prepared for what is to come. It is said that there are two groups of people, those who react and those who respond. For those who react to fear, their first thought is to run away or to let fear paralyse them in their tracks. However, I consider myself to belong to the type who responds to fear as I would find avenues of self-improvement to better prepare for the challenges ahead. As such, I pulled myself out of my comfort zone and opted for the LSE Summer School to experience a more holistic education.

I took up the Advanced Corporate Finance course at LSE. The course was extremely intensive as the cohort was expected to complete a year-long module within three weeks. I have been introduced to how the corporate finance department in any company plays an integral part in the financial activities of the company. Their responsibilities range from undertaking and choosing profitable and safe capital investments to maximise the shareholders’ value, to finally calculating and deciding how much debt a company should hold. This proves that the corporate finance department is the cornerstone of the financial section of a company.

The learning culture at the LSE Summer School was noticeably different from that of Singapore. LSE encourages class participation and critical thinking in classes and tutorials. Students are always actively participating and engaging in conversations, discussions and debates. Thought-provoking events are held regularly, such as the public lectures where we get to experience first-hand debates by renowned professors on certain economic issues. Intellectual debates like these were definitely an eye-opener for me.

"For undergraduates who are seeking a life-changing experience, I strongly encourage you to sign up for the LSE Summer School as you will have a fun-filled and enriching experience, make new friends and create memories that will last you for a lifetime."

With more than 100 nationalities represented in the LSE Summer School, I befriended many people from all over the world coming from different backgrounds and walks of life. The majority of them had well-formulated thoughts and specific goals in life, and interesting stories were shared throughout.

LSE Summer School attendeesOne of the key takeaways from the LSE Summer School was learning how to achieve a proper balance between studies and leisure. Due to the intensive nature of the course, I was required to spend a significant number of hours going through my tutorials and practising the questions while resisting the wide array of exciting activities in London. Through this Summer School, I have learnt that it is possible to achieve that balance as long as I have the discipline and willingness to distribute my time proportionately between my studies and leisure equally.

Overall, the Summer School was fun and memorable due to the fond memories made from going out, meeting new people, making new friends and studying together. All these bonds forged would not be possible if I had then decided at that point of time to forgo this Summer School instead.

Joining the LSE Summer School has given me a glimpse of a student’s life at LSE. LSE would now be one of my top selections when pursuing my postgraduate studies after my degree. In conclusion, joining the LSE Summer School was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. For undergraduates who are seeking a life-changing experience, I strongly encourage you to sign up for the LSE Summer School as you will have a fun-filled and enriching experience, make new friends and create memories that will last you for a lifetime.