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Starting life in higher education can be a daunting prospect. Leaving home for a new city, surrounded by new people and learning about your base for the next three years. It is also an incredibly exciting time with new freedoms, new opportunities and new experiences around every corner.

At UCFB students all have one thing in common: a love of football and sport. From day one students spend their time with people who have the same passion and same goal – to work in the global sports industry. Below, we’ve pulled together some key bits of advice from some of our students and graduates about how to succeed during your time at UCFB…

Luke Couchman, BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management student

“Grab every opportunity that comes your way and utilise every contact and every means possible. Talk to everybody on your course because you never know who they know. Through a friend on my programme I worked at Inter Milan for a week, and then through utilising LinkedIn I have managed to observe at Orlando City for two days while on holiday. When I come back after the summer I’ve got a job at Watford FC to come back to thanks to the amazing contacts the tutors have. UCFB is, in my opinion, the leader in football degrees. The experience is second to none, and I really can’t think of anything that could beat it.”

JJ Roble, BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management student

“The first year is the easiest year to make friends so don’t be shy, introduce yourself to as many people as possible and enjoy the Freshers’ Fair. There are so many societies at UCFB so sign up, share your opinion and make a difference.”

Emily Drakeley, BA (Hons) Football Business & Media graduate

“Make sure you have enough money and budget for your time at UCFB. Student Loans don’t go very far, especially in London, so make sure you’ve got enough money for at least a week in advance and budget for what you need. That way you can enjoy yourself without having to worry.”

Nathan Lucas, BA (Hons) Football Business & Media student

“Making the most of your first year is all about meeting as many people as you can. By making new friends it sets you up for the rest of your UCFB experience and makes it a lot more enjoyable. Getting to know the lecturers as well has also really helped me feel like I don’t have to do everything on my own. Also, make the most of each guest speaker or extra session that’s offered, you never know what kind of connections you’ll make that could lead to a bigger opportunity later down the line. You’ll thank yourself in the summer when you get accepted for a three-month internship in America!”

Shanna Ellis, BA (Hons) International Football Business student

“My top tip for makingthe most of your first year at UCFB is to push yourself out of your comfort zone at the very beginning. Make new friends, meet new people and don’t be shy. If you see an opportunity that inspires you or intrigues you, apply for it. You never know what could come of every application, and even a rejection is an opportunity to learn, grow and come back stronger for the next one.”

Alex Ellison, BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management graduate

“Go and explore what your new city has to offer, whether that’s through work or leisure. Don’t be scared of making new friends; it’s normal and everybody is in the same boat. And if you ever have a problem there are always people who you can turn to at Student Services.”

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