The Summer Holidays are nearly over… What did I get up to

The new academic year is fast approaching and the summer holidays is almost over.

The sun has disappeared and raining days is what we are left with.

Children are heading back to school and the roads are quieter.


I will officially be a student year student studying Advertising and Marketing at the University of Lincoln but what have I done in my holidays. People say that you should make the most of your holiday, get an internship, do some work, start a business, get a job, save some money and most of all enjoy it and have fun. This summer holiday I nearly ticked everything off that list and I will share with you what I have done and most importantly why I did it and what I have taken back from it.


If you remember, I wrote a post two months ago about not gaining an internship over the holidays and how I decided to use my holiday to the best of my abilities and do as much as I can. I can definitely say that I did that and it has been a great experience and a good time for me. The first thing that I managed to do was an on-line Competitive Strategy course as to which I received over 90% on completion. The expanding on my current basic knowledge especially in topics such as research and development, innovation, nash equilibrium, backward inductions, complements, structural and strategic entry barriers and horizontal and vertical differentiation. Some of these topics I enjoyed most that others and I am stronger on specific subjects but overall it was a great course.


Another thing I did was start my own freelance marketing company called A-CM Marketing, A-CM Marketing actually came about by accident or fate as some people will say. My friend Zara put a poster online for  her dance academy and being someone who has Photoshop and can create posters while I realised that it wasn’t that creative and didn’t grab people’s attention. Therefore I decided to create another one and she loved it so much that she has been getting me to create posters for her every since and has put me on her website as the official poster and leaflet maker. From here I have created a poster for Cartel dance crew along with Beyond Beauty Salons. Things like this is a honour as I am genuinely doing something that I truly care about and like doing.


You would think that I would stop as two things… no, not me, I kept on going. Working at Topshop/Topman is a massive passion for me as I love fashion and clothes, helping customers find the perfect outfit and the people that I work with. I have been with the company for almost two years and always try to do more and go above and beyond than what is expected of me. This summer I have been working on my Topshop/Topman Development book and worked my way up to being a team leader (only 40 credits away). By doing this I got more responsibility at work, had to know what all the trends and best sellers were and how the branch was performing against the company. This was a great experience for me as I really got to make a difference and do more than just usually contract.


MAPR and Enactus Lincoln have a huge part in my life and I have done a lot of work on them this summer. The highlight over the summer for MAPR has been organising our first ever event with three different speakers on the 10th October 2013 between 7-9pm in the Business and Law Building, keep an eye on for more details to come and to register. In addition building a partnership with Home and organising freshers week and the #iSpotMAPR competition has been a good time. With Enactus Lincoln the highlight has been creating the new website which is nearly ready to launch and going to the Summer Action event and being able to take a lot from it. I have also been able to get both societies registered by RBS ESSA and hopefully they can build more partnerships and relationships with other businesses. I put so much time and effort into these societies as I want students to be able to make the most of their time at university. Being someone who has created close friendships in societies makes me want to give that opportunity to some one else.


So, I would say that my summer has been full with a lot of events and building up from the current foundations. Through out everything I have also managed to pass my driving test this summer and keep a good work life balance which is highly important. I have officially started looking for an industrial placement and have my eye on a few places that I would love to be. Ambition is what drives me and I love to put my all into everything I do. What has been your highlight of the summer?


Until next time,

Alexandrya-Carmen Mbu.

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  1. September 11, 2013 / 11:28 pm


    Congratulations on such a successful summer!

    Furthermore, well done on making the jump into the world of business with your first venture, I will be excited to see how it develops!

    • September 11, 2013 / 11:32 pm

      Thank you very much Josh, I appreciate it.

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