BEng Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering
The best thing to do is to hit the ground running, when people give you the opportunity to try something say yes, it could be something you shine at and you never knew you had it in you!
What are your favourite parts of your course? What have you enjoyed most?
Building a structure out of wood to try and withstand as much force under a 3 point bed test as possible. Designing a two stroke engine for an unmanned aerial vehicle using Solidworks (computer design software).
How have your career goals developed or changed since you started at the University of Birmingham?
Before I started the course I was interested in the aerodynamics of Formula 1 vehicles and in all honesty this is still a dream of mine, however I have also found the computing modules interesting and this has started to increase my interests. I am lucky to love everything about the degree I have chosen, yes some things are ridiculously difficult, but I still enjoy the challenge. I think I would be very happy in any engineering job as long as there are some good people in my team and some interesting challenges that show innovative developments for the subject.
Are you engaged in any activities outside of your course?
In my first year of university I was Captain of the University of Birmingham 4th Netball team. In my second year I joined the 3rd University of Birmingham Basketball team (as well as continuing with netball) and became the President of the James Watt Undergraduate Society (JUGS), which is the mechanical engineering society. I have also been helping the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences organise an awards evening to recognise the work of the societies and people within them. At the start of my second year I joined the student mentor scheme which involved moving people into their accommodation when they arrive at the University and being a friendly face to those who suffered with home sickness or general anxiety.
What advice would you give to prospective students looking to study your course or attend the university?
The best thing to do is to hit the ground running, when people give you the opportunity to try something say yes, it could be something you shine at and you never knew you had it in you! Be over organised because without knowing your schedule you’ll struggle to do everything you want to. Always try and leave time for your new friends and societies, some of the hardest times through university will just be a realisation that you’re far from home and you miss your family, so the new friends you have will soon become your pseudo family and your friends for the rest of your life.
What is your favourite thing about the university campus?
Everything is right where you want it, from the library and the computer rooms to the gym and costa.
What benefit does it have, being in close proximity to the UK’s second city?
It is a good escape from the University, to relax and have fun, but it is not far away and if you do feel you want a part time job to help with the costs of university it is a great place to work.
What is your best memory to date, of your time at Birmingham?
Winning the Netball Midlands 3A league when I was captain of the team. Being the first fresher captain in over 10 years of the netball squad (according to the vice coach) and to be successful is a great feeling of confidence and optimism.