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My name is Adenike (pronounced: ‘AH-day-nick-air’) which means ‘crown to be cherished’ in the Yoruba language. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, but left with my family at age 5 and have been a Londoner since. So, how exactly did I end up in Manchester?!

Sometime during Sixth Form, I met a girl at church who was applying to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at university. I had never heard of the course before, but in the end it intrigued me enough to apply for it myself. The University of Manchester was the only university at which I applied to study PPE, it was the one around which I tailored my personal statement as I knew it was where I wanted to study. There is also the fact that I am a Manchester United fan, so I needed to fulfil my dreams of visiting Old Trafford somehow.

Prior to being a student here, I had only visited the city once when I was going on holiday via Manchester Airport. So my first time in Manchester was the weekend just before the first semester of my first year. It was far less daunting than I had worried it might be. It proved to be quite an adventure. In hindsight, I recommend doing your research thoroughly: the more informed you are, the better the decisions you will make and the more satisfied you will be. Thankfully, although I took risks, I made the right decision and have never once regretted it.

So, what am I studying exactly? Well, PPE is often referred to as ‘the politician’s degree’, owing to the fact that many prominent political figures have studied PPE, including David Cameron and Ed Miliband. That’s not to say that all those and only those who study PPE will become politicians. You can still become a politician even if you haven’t studied PPE (or any degree for that matter). Likewise, you do not have to become a politician if you study PPE. I am hoping to become a lawyer, which is what makes my degree so great – the possibilities and opportunities are endless! PPE is for those who, like me, are curious about everything all at once. Truthfully, it is not a degree for the faint of heart as the workload can be quite heavy, especially in second year but the challenge is complimented by the content – it is all so very interesting! For instance, I am learning the difference between government and governance (and what that might mean for the state of democracy), as well as the complexities surrounding developing economies and the causes and effects of the 2008 Financial Crisis. At the same time, I get to explore questions such as ‘what does it mean for something to be a law?’ and ‘does the way in which we ordinarily use language convey what we actually mean?’ thought experiments galore!

Studying aside, being a Senior Student Ambassador and playing basketball are some of the ways I wind down and take my mind off academic work.  I am also a social member of the University’s Basketball Club, which is open to students of all abilities (I have almost zero hand-eye coordination, so don’t worry – if I can play, you can play). Team sports are great ways to relieve yourself of stress because they require you to be fully focused and in the moment, which can teach you some useful life lessons.

That’s all for now folks, but keep your eyes peeled for more posts from me throughout the academic year. I hope you are as excited as I am!