Lorena Vlasceanu is studying international business at Regent’s. She is an active member of the Student Union and vice president of the European Business School London, working closely with academic staff to improve the experience for all students at the University. She particularly enjoyed her internship at the European Central Bank.
Programme: BA (Hons) International Business
I decided to study here because I have always wanted to study in London and Regent’s is in the heart of the city and has one of the most beautiful locations. Also, I had heard a lot of positive things about it from students who attended.
"The best choice for me"
I have always wanted to study international business with languages in London, and this was by far the best choice for me. I also really liked the idea of the Study Period Abroad.
I have been able to gain new knowledge in fields that I never had the opportunity to really go into in depth before, such as management accounting and economics. I have also had the opportunity to learn new subjects such as law, which I have realised I’m very interested in.
The variation of assessments in modules is interesting because it gives students the opportunity to experiment and apply knowledge in different and new ways.
For the first weeks of this semester I had weekly meetings with the Careers & Business Relations department, where I went through my CV and cover letter and they guided me in the right direction until both were fit and ready to be sent out. They also helped me search for internships and gave me useful tips and advice that I could use in the future.
"New insights and skills"
In the summer of 2014 I did an internship in the European Central Bank, in the Target2-Securities department. This was one of the best experiences for me so far, as it opened new pathways and greatly helped me to develop new skills and put into practice my existing ones.
Throughout the 10 weeks, I was involved in several different projects, such as updating the website, looking for ways to modernise, attending weekly communication and team meetings, writing press reviews and keeping the database up to date, helping to organise an info-session for possible future interests, writing report summaries for the Board and creating presentations for colleagues.
What I really appreciated was the fact that the other team members really involved me and treated me as an equal. I had a really good time and, most importantly, left with a lot of new insights and skills that will be very useful later on in my career.
Gaining as much work experience as possible is vital at this stage in a student’s life, as any practical work can make a difference to your employability and also gives you the opportunity to put the theory that you learn into practice.
"University community spirit"
What I really like at Regent’s is that it is very international. You can meet people from all over the world and learn about new cultures that maybe you would have never had the opportunity to do otherwise. I like the weekly parties in the students’ bar, which have a different theme each time. These give us the opportunity to get together outside classes, and also help raise the university community spirit.
I am currently working as the Vice President of the European Business School. This is a lot of fun for me because I am part of a great team where everyone tries to contribute in their own way. I really enjoy getting feedback from students with regard to different aspects of the University – the biggest being the course and its modules – and trying to resolve issues, together with the Programme Director, when they arise in order to keep a positive and pleasant atmosphere in EBS.
By studying in London I have had the opportunity to meet people from different countries and gain an insight into their cultures that in a different place I wouldn’t have had the chance to do. I have also been able to put my German and French skills into use.
Being part of the community at Regent’s and mixing with people from across the world, I have been able to learn new things from their experience. I have gained new knowledge about certain aspects of life and different work fields, and I have also been able to share my experiences, which was great.