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7 Months~70,000km

3 May 2024
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Old Boy Jack (2019) reflects on his experience of attending the University of Manchester.
Old Boy Jack (2019) reflects on his experience of attending the University of Manchester.


Class of 2019

Old Boy Jack Lambert (2019), pictured, is a 2023 recipient of an Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys. He recently attended the University of Manchester and has penned the following recollections of his experience.

When I made the decision to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce/Economics at The University of Queensland, it was driven by a desire of expanding my horizons, gaining valuable experience, and developing a well-rounded perspective on global business dynamics. The allure of studying abroad had always intrigued me, as I was eager to immerse myself in a new culture, confront different challenges, and form connections with students from diverse backgrounds. Little did I know that this path I had chosen would lead me to an unforgettable chapter in my education – 3 months of travel and the opportunity to undertake a semester exchange within the Alliance Manchester Business School.

The University of Manchester, being a member of the prestigious Russell Group in the United Kingdom, alongside others such as the University of Oxford and Cambridge, is rich with history and success. Famous alumni include actor Benedict Cumberpatch, also known as Dr. Strange from the Marvel films, and physicist Brian Cox – out of my own interest I even attended one of his particle physics lectures. The academic expectations set by my professors were challenging but with their continued support, pushed me to achieve. From concepts of foreign currency arbitrage in international finance, to delving into executive management strategies, every subject has strongly contributed to my development. The exposure to a global perspective has allowed me to see the financial world through a different lens – qualities that are indispensable in today’s interconnected society.

Beyond the classroom, the experience of living in Manchester exposed me to a diverse mix of cultures, traditions, and histories. I attended UEFA Champions League fixtures for both Manchester City and Manchester United in their iconic stadiums. I even enjoyed a meal at The Old Wellington, the oldest pub in the city which was established in 1552. As winter approached, the vast array of vintage clothing stores in the Northern Quarter and the famous Manchester Christmas Markets provided opportunities to explore the city. Over the Christmas break I was also fortunate enough to travel across the Atlantic to visit my brother, Quinn (2022), who is on a basketball scholarship in the United States.

Reflecting on this transformative experience, I am grateful not only for the academic enrichment but also for the personal growth. In 7 months abroad, I was able to explore 13 countries across 3 continents, and study at a prestigious university in the UK. If anyone were to be considering studying overseas, I highly recommend it as it provides a new set of challenges and opportunities to achieve your personal and professional goals. My friendships formed during this exchange are enduring. From Zurich to Istanbul, Barcelona to Sydney or Paris to Ottawa, I now have a friendship network worldwide, and have experienced a defining chapter in my university journey. I am incredibly grateful for the Churchie Foundation and Old Boys’ Overseas scholarship for helping make this experience possible.

This year Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Overseas Study Scholarships for Old Boys. 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 Friday 31 May. To find out more information and/or apply for a scholarship, please click here.

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