I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community.

I created a WhatsApp group for students based in the UAE and we physically meet up regularly. If I can’t watch any lectures live because of the time difference I can watch them on demand and our tutors try to be flexible with their office hours.

Even though we’re miles away from the Essex team, they’re always willing and able to help with any issues or questions I have. My student adviser, Marie, replies promptly, is always able to assist me and offers support in my studies.

My hope is that my MBA will help with career advancement and open doors to opportunities with potential employers in the future.

Read more from Aisha on our blog.

Marina Ludin

I have been through many hardships in the past six years including a divorce and losing family members, and this made me realize that I have to stand up for my own freedom as well as others'.

Emanuela Meloyan

I was surprised to find out that you can gain your LLB via distance learning – and that it carries the same value as an LLB qualification gained on campus.

Jamie Wakeman

I started my studies in 2012 and all was going smoothly in my career and with my education until 2015, when I discovered that I had a tumour.