During a recent visit to Houston, Garrett sat down with our College Counselors, Ms Sidwell and Mr Ramey, to share his reflections on the last few years...
What were some of the co-curriculars that you focused on while at BISH?
I focused on being a senior prefect for the school, as well as working towards the coveted Eagle Scout award from the BSA (which I received in May 2017). I was also an avid tennis player and still am to this day.
How did those experiences contribute to your engagement while at university?
With prefectship and Boy Scouts it allowed me to develop a number of skills, the biggest of which was social and professional confidence. I have served in two major executive roles in university and I wouldn't have had the mindset or the capability to do so unless I had the experience of public speaking, presenting and social confidence that my co-curriculars had given me. I also have plans to join the university tennis team for my final year of university.
How did IBCP prepare you for university?
IBCP did what IBDP could never do: create an unbreakable passion for business. It also served as the theatre for me to develop my interests and see exactly where I saw myself in five years time. It helped massively improve my critical writing, and essays are among the hardest assignments to do well on in university, so it definitely helped me on that front as well.
How was the transition to university?
The biggest adjustment was learning to be independent, and by extension, learning how to 'adult.' Managing your money, time and resources was a massive roadblock for me, and I'm still having to work out the kinks. Academically, it was actually fairly easy to transition into, since year 1 is a fantastic adjustment year and allows you to sort yourself out academically, socially and personally.
What is the best aspect of your course?
The flexibility of my BSc IBFE course is a huge plus. For years 2 and 3, I have to take basic units in Finance, Economics and Business Analysis: apart from those, I'm completely free to choose what I like. I particularly enjoy finance, economics and enterprise electives, but these free units range from law to management to politics.
Is there a specific type of student that would enjoy the University of Manchester?
I love the sounds of the city to a fault; sometimes the chaos actually helps me sleep at night. It's very socially active, that's normally true of any university, but certainly of Manchester. The food scene is also extremely diverse and very, very good. It's just a shame that there's no good Mexican food anywhere (or a Chipotle for that matter). There's plenty of places to hang out at night, like a jazz club or the Manchester Academy that has concerts a couple of times every week. To sum up, it's almost impossible to get bored of Manchester, and I think it's the ideal city for a student that wants a solid, respected education, in an environment that is constantly changing and stimulating.
What advice would you give your Year 11 self? What advice would you give your Year 13 self?
I'd give myself the same advice for both years: don't stress, you're gonna do great things. 'Have some confidence in yourself.' I've always found that my self-confidence is my weakest attribute, and if I had spent half the time I spent worrying about myself, I would have felt better about myself and excelled even further than I did in my academics. Sometimes it really does take a deep breath and some perspective before the pieces all start falling into place.
We wish Garrett continued success in university and beyond. There is no limit to what he will achieve!