Brazillian Business Economics BA (Hons) student Maria Luisa Lopes Gonçalves talks through her decision to move to the UK, and what she particularly enjoys about university and London life.
Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you chose to study at London Met?
I grew up in Brazil – Sao Paulo – and moved to the UK at the age of 19. The reason for choosing to move abroad was to experience a different culture, learn to speak English and to study for a degree to further develop my knowledge. London Met was the perfect place for me as the University is very welcoming and encouraging, particularly when enrolling. I got to make new friends from many different cultures and backgrounds; London Met is very diverse.
What made you choose London in particular?
The things that attracted me the most about London are the diversity that the city offers, the energy and the amazing food.
Can you tell us a bit more about where you are living whilst you study?
I currently live with my fiancé in Limehouse which is three stops on tube from Moorgate and it takes about 20 minutes to get to class. The reason we chose to live there is because we are very close to the City and Canary Wharf where all the banks are located. As soon as I graduate, this will be an advantage.
What are the facilities like at London Met?
What attracts me the most is the opportunity to experience the Bloomberg terminals, which is super cool. These terminals are so important if you are looking to work in the financial sector. It will help you build your knowledge in advance on how to use Bloomberg before you even look for a job.
I also really like the amazing library that we have. You will always find what you are looking for. Lastly is the delicious canteen. They always have freshly cooked food and delicious cakes and muffins. I love it.
Can you tell us more about your work placement?
When I was doing my placement year, my fundamental task was to provide an effective cashier service for students, staff and external customers at London Met. The role required timely and accurate processing, recording and reconciliation of payments and receipts.
The most rewarding aspect was gaining experience in finance and being part of an amazing team, allowing me to further develop my previous skills so I would be prepared for my working life outside University.
What do you like best about your course?
Economics is just amazing. I think everybody should study at least the basic economics principles. I love economics because it explains how the world works; from the production of basic goods to fiscal and monetary policies.
Did anything surprise you about your course?
The course enabled me to see the world in a different way. For that reason it surprised me a lot. I learnt things I'd never previously dreamed of, which has opened my eyes to how the world works.
What are your favourite things to do on a weekend?
My favorite things to do on the weekend are to go to the gym and eat good food. I love either going out for a nice meal or picking up something fresh from the markets and cooking at home. I also like exploring different areas of London, it really is so diverse!
How easy have you found it to make friends at London Met?
Super easy. Everybody is very friendly and willing to help, both staff and students.