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From Melbourne to Manchester

31 Mar 2023
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Old Boy Will Bruhn (2020) reflects on his experience at the University of Manchester.
Old Boy Will Bruhn (2020) reflects on his experience at the University of Manchester.


Class of 2020

Old Boy Will Bruhn (2020), pictured, is a 2022 recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Scholarship for Old Boys’. He recently attended the University of Manchester and has penned the following recollections of his experience.

In the second half of 2022, I had the privilege of undertaking a semester-long exchange program at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Since graduating Churchie in 2020, I have moved interstate to study a Bachelor of Commerce (economics and finance) at the University of Melbourne. Studying overseas has always been a major goal of mine and I have been able to make this a reality thanks to the support of the Churchie Foundation and the Old Boy’s Overseas Study Scholarship.

The University of Manchester has its roots deeply established in the UK. Considered a red brick university, its origins trace back to 1824. Its rich history is on display with its charming and impressive Gothic style buildings.

During my time in Manchester, I continued my Bachelor of Commerce, undertaking core economics subjects whilst also branching out to complete electives. One benefit of studying overseas was the diverse array of subjects that I had the opportunity to choose from. I was able to enrol in subjects of great personal interest to me that were not offered in Melbourne. The professors, particularly in the economics faculty, were of the highest quality and continually offered me support and challenged me despite knowing I was only staying for the single semester. I also joined the cross-country team and attended many international society events to immerse myself in all that the university had to offer. I made lasting friendships with people from all over the world including local and exchange students.

Whilst academics was the focus of my exchange program, I was sure to take advantage of all that England and Europe had to offer in terms of food, culture, and history. I dove straight into the English culture by attending as many topflight football games as possible. Whilst I may have been attending the University of Manchester, my heart lied in London with the Chelsea Football Club. Many of my highlights overseas include watching thrilling victories at Stamford Bridge in London. The Peak District surrounding Manchester offered spectacular hikes and views when an escape from the busy city was needed. My last stop before returning home to Melbourne was to northern Sweden where I encountered -20℃ weather and plenty of snow.

Overall, my exchange program in Manchester was an unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend the opportunity to study overseas to anyone whether it be at an exchange level, masters, or a whole undergraduate degree. I was challenged as a person and as a student and believe that I have grown in a multitude of ways. I am extremely thankful to the Churchie Foundation for supporting my academic endeavours and I am sure that I will undertake more study overseas in the coming years.

This year Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarships. Applications are now invited from Old Boys and current Year 12 students wishing to attend colleges or universities in the UK or USA. The application process will close on Wednesday 31 May. To find out more information and/or apply for a scholarship then please click here.

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