Nobody could have imagined such a sudden change

Vanessa Natacha Hoffmann is a BA (Hons) Global Management (Leadership & Management) student. She is Belgian, grew up in Austria and now lives in London. 

What an incredible world we are all living in! I am sure most of us can agree that it feels a bit like speculative fiction or an alternative universe. I am quite certain nobody could have ever imagined such a sudden change in our lives.

As a Regent’s student, the process of transferring my Global Management studies from face-to-face to online webinars has been tough but fortunately, our teachers have held the level of education and engagement as high as ever. This could not have been possible without Blackboard and other technologies, which I am greatly thankful for, as it allowed me to follow my daily London routine as closely as possible even though I have been in quarantine. I still wake up and have breakfast at the same time, I interact with my friends just as much and I have even managed to keep up with my daily workouts. All the while keeping up with my academic studies, my responsibility for my Student Union role (Business and Management Undergraduate Student Council President) even though it is currently more challenging to engage with students. In my free time I usually go for a dog walk through the woods just to take care of my wellbeing. Moreover, I have set myself the goal of expanding my French language skills with an online course. 

Settling back in at home was a switch for me! Nevertheless, I value the time with my family and managed to find great positives while ‘locked’ in a house with them. One of which is being able to attend certain online meetings with key managers since my parents are working from home. This has given me practical crisis management experience and expanded my skill set enabling me to contribute to our global family business. In my opinion, this adds great importance to the comprehension of how to manage a sudden unknown crisis, involving, implementing new strategies, keeping employees motivated although short-time working was enforced. Moreover, this situation demonstrates how to lead people within an organisation, which links to my chosen pathway Leadership & Management.

Thinking about my chosen pathway leads me back to the unique campus life at Regent's University London. I miss my daily morning walk through the stunning park, socialising in the main quad with the broader Regent’s community, consisting of more than 140 nationalities and gathering with the Student Union Team in person. 

This article was originally published by Regent's Student Union.

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