Hello everyone!

Hello everyone! My name is Garet Quigg and I will be attending the MSc in Strategy and International Business program at Aston in the Fall of 2014.

I was fortunate enough to be selected as an Aston University/Banco Santander Scholarship recipient for 2014-2015. One of the opportunities the scholarship provides is the chance to write a blog chronicling my experiences of being a student at Aston. I must say that while the financial support of the scholarship is great, I am probably more excited by the prospect of being able to share my experiences with other students. From arriving in the city for the first time, to meeting professors and fellow students, I want to give an interesting and informative look inside Aston University and the city of Birmingham.

As such, I would like to welcome you to what will hopefully become a helpful source of information as you begin your journey to Aston.

Before we get started, I would like to introduce myself a little more. As I said before, my name is Garet. I’m a 23 year old business major from the United States. I grew up in a small town in central Missouri and did my undergrad at Maryville University in St. Louis. I’ve traveled to the UK twice- both study abroad experiences-and visited a handful of other countries on vacations. Before I graduated high school I had never left the US, but ever since my first trip to France in 2009, I’ve fallen in love with seeing and experiencing the world.

When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going to the gym. I like to mess around on Photoshop and WordPress, and I’m an avid FIFA 14 player when I have the time. I am also a fan of just about every sport besides baseball, which I find completely boring to watch but really fun to play.

I’ll be traveling to Birmingham with my wonderful girlfriend, Valeria. We will be living together around the City Centre, so I hope to be able to provide some great stories and insider information about the area in future posts!

Before I go, I would like to encourage you to post any questions or insights you might have in the comments section below.  Aside from responding to them directly, I would like to compile them into a future post. This would allow anyone who comes across the blog to have quick access to some FAQs, and may provide useful information for them.

I am really excited to get started and develop this blog into something that may help others! I would like to thank the fine people at Aston University and Banco Santander for this opportunity. Banco Santander is doing great things for students around the world, and I’m happy I can contribute to their efforts.

Thanks for reading!

Garet Quigg

About me

Garet_blogpicMy name is Garet Quigg. I am a 23 year old Masters student from the United States. I received my undergraduate degree in International Business, and I am looking forward to the challenge of completing my MSc Strategy and International Business from Aston. I grew up in a small, close-knit community in central Missouri. When I’m not Skyping with my girlfriend, Valeria (she lives in Venezuela), I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I go to the gym whenever I can, and I love to watch and play just about  any sport. Some of my hobbies include working with Photoshop and Wordpress, and playing FIFA with my friends. I chose the MSc Strategy and International Business program at Aston because of it’s well-rounded and diverse curriculum. The program not only teaches the fundamental principles of strategic planning, but it always students to gain firsthand experience through the consultancy based dissertation. I am really excited for everything going on in the next year! Valeria and I will be living together in City Centre, and we will hopefully have some great stories and advice to share with everyone. I cannot wait to get started and share my experiences of being a student at Aston!