Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I chose my degree because I believe the combination of Computer Science and Mathematics would give me transferable skills and open wider career opportunities. My decision to study at Loughborough was due to its best learning environment. When I visited on the open day, the atmosphere around the campus was relaxed and friendly, which give me a sense of great community. Also, it has good transportation links, which makes it easy for me to travel home.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The course has very interesting modules that gives us the opportunity to build our skills in various areas, helping us to become well-rounded students with transferable skills and prepare us for our future career.
I have enjoyed several of my modules; one in particular would be Object Oriented Programming. I really enjoyed this module because it was very well taught in an interactive manner. I had never programmed before so I found this module a good step into programming.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
I think the teaching quality is very good as the majority of the lecturers are very good at conveying their enthusiasm about the subject and teach with passion. They are all very friendly and open, so they can be approached anytime for support. Lab sessions are a great way to get practical understanding and experience as you get the chance to try out things yourself and also get further one-to-one help from the lecturer and supporting assistants.
Have you had any support from the University?
I had been assigned a personal tutor within the department who has always been supportive, providing excellent advice. I have also received much support from the other staff within the department, including teaching staff and the department administrators in addition to the support that I have received from the Student Voice. I am grateful to all of them for their time.
What sort of different things have you done has part of your course?
There are several things you could do and I am sure there is something for everyone. I have been involved in Action volunteering projects, societies, AU sports, Programme Rep and Programme President for my course and department respectively.
In my first year, I took the role of being a Programme Representative for my course within the department. It was a great opportunity to get to know staff, other programme reps and work together to consistently improve student life at Loughborough. I really enjoyed this, so moved up a step to take on the role of Programme President in my second year, leading a team of 20 reps and representing the interest of all students in our department.
Have you done a professional placement?
I completed a year of professional placement with Halliburton in my third year. It was a great year out where I gained a lot of experience and got the opportunity to apply my theoretical skills in practice. For me, a year out on placement has been very useful because it not only helped me to gain transferable skills, which are highly important as jobs are competitive now, but also gained financial stability and learned whether the career is right choice for me or not.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I have learned that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. When I graduate, I want to enhance my studies further to a Postgraduate or PhD level, leading to becoming a lecturer. My degree at Loughborough has helped me build a strong foundation and interest in the area of theoretical Computer Science. It has helped me to gain valuable skills and techniques which I could use to help me successfully complete my studies.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
For those who are not sure whether they like the Computer Science or Mathematics aspect or who like a mixture of both and would like to have wider career choices then this course is just the right course and it is great! I would definitely recommend studying at Loughborough because it has great lecturers who are passionate and provide quality teaching. The lecturers try their best to help you achieve your best because your success is their success. Don’t give up, the beginning is always the hardest, and don’t follow your dreams, chase them!
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
There are a lot of social activities for all tastes. I have tried several sports which include; badminton, cycling, swimming, football, rugby, volleyball, frisbee, basketball, horse riding, canoeing and many more. I believe it is a good idea and would recommend that you definitely try a new sport. This will help you to build a network and socialise more. I have been part of AU Volleyball and there are regular social events and formal events.
There is also a book reading society, gaming society and there are several opportunities to get involved in volunteering (both in the community and fundraising). The list is endless! If you still can’t find something you like, you can start one of your own!
For me, everyday has been a second chance to make an impact. I have really enjoyed my time at Loughborough and love being involved in several opportunities that have helped me to build my skills on a personal and professional level. I have also enjoyed being part of the change to improve other students’ university experience, feeling proud to be part of such a great University.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
I have been inspired by some of my lecturers, guest speakers, volleyball coaches and some of the students. They have all inspired me to build my confidence to a higher level, strengthen my eagerness for knowledge and they have encouraged me to never lose hope. I have learned that there are no secrets to success; it is the result of hard work, dedication and learning from failures. It has definitely been an incredible experience here!