Money is an essential part of life but not everyone has what it takes to get a degree in Finance. Interested in studying Finance but don’t know if it is the right course for you, then read on.

Reasons for studying Finance

My dad used to be the CEO of one of the commercial banks and I was always intrigued when he came home with some of his work. He punched in numbers and talked about closing deals. When his staff came home, they had heated arguments about one acquisition or the other. I was curious. I started to read the stock market pages of the newspaper just to copy what my dad did and soon enough I started to ask questions. I found that I was drawn to finance and I decided to go for a degree in it.

Attributes needed to study Finance

You have to be intelligent. Finance requires working with a lot of numbers. You have to be able to think fast and smart. It also goes without saying that you must love maths or handling numbers. You will be dealing with complex formulas so you have to be comfortable with that for you to succeed. There must be passion too. It can get overwhelming, especially when you start studying about capital markets and derivatives. Passion is what keeps you going when you want to give up.

Interesting things about your study experience

My classmates; they made my study experience really memorable. We had a lot of group assignments so I got to know my classmates on a more personal level. We laughed together, spent late nights studying together and we cried together. It was with so much joy that we received our certificates on graduation day. We could feel each other’s joy and relief to have accomplished such a feat.

Would you do it all over again?

Hmm…I don’t think so. It’s not because I did not enjoy studying Finance but because I would rather move on to other things. There are some things you should only experience once and studying Finance is one of them.

Tips for managing exams and coursework

Have a plan. Like I mentioned before, it can get overwhelming. Having a plan of how you will tackle each course helps a lot. Also you need to practice, practice, and practice. Then be commercially aware. It makes things easier when doing your course work. Know what is going on in the commercial sector in the real world.

Balancing having good grades with enjoying social life on campus

I believe that’s something that depends on the individual involved. You should live a balanced life. Take a break every now and then but don’t overdo it. Relax in whatever way you deem fit.

Looking back, would you have done anything differently?

I don’t think so. I tackled my course with the best of my abilities. When I think about it, I have no regrets. I got the grade I wanted and I had a memorable experience in school.

Tell us three things you wish you knew before going abroad

Friends are fickle. Not everyone has your best interests at heart, even your lecturers. And enjoy every minute of it; time flies by really quickly.