Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I’ve always been interested in maths. Numbers seemed to make sense to me from a very young age and I wanted to see how much I could learn. The world of maths is always changing and there is always something new to study, something to keep me interested without needing me to keep my nose stuck in a book.
Four years is a long time, so I wanted to make sure that I would pick somewhere to study that I knew I would like. The facilities at Loughborough University were fantastic and the student life is superb. The Maths department is also superb and is improving year upon year so it really was a no brainer.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The most enjoyable thing about my course is the weird and wonderful things I can study. So far I have studied Differential Geometry, Complex Analysis and Vector Spaces. The whole concept of studying maths in infinite dimensions is just mind boggling, something that we can’t even begin to make sense in a real world setting. This is the challenge I have always wanted to take.
There are a wide range of different paths you can choose. You can focus on pure maths, applied maths, statistics or even theoretical maths, the choice of modules even within these paths is such so that any mathematician can find something to interest them. My current final project of Symmetries in (2+1) Differential Equations is my personal favourite. The background and research is like nothing I’ve ever done before, it is a completely new topic and was only discovered fairly recently.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality at Loughborough is superb; it is very different from school where one teacher covers a wide range of topics. Here we have a large number of lecturers who specialise in their fields, some of who are globally renowned. The labs and lectures are well balanced and work well with small group tutorials for a well-rounded learning experience.
Have you had any support from the University?
As a sufferer from Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, the support I’ve had from the Maths department is absolutely sensational in terms of helping me with exams and work. The Maths Learning Support Centre is also a very valuable resource here, helping students of all abilities and mathematical backgrounds understand their modules and their problem sheets to help them improve.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I hope to pursue a career in Finance or Banking, using my language skills to work with international clients.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Take full advantage of the different choice of modules there are, definitely take the many opportunities to learn something new from the tutorial sessions. The advice and skills of the lecturers are not to be sniffed at; they are there for a reason.
What do you enjoy most about being a student here?
What do I enjoy most? Definitely the friends I have made in my four years here. I still talk to my friends I made in the first couple of weeks at freshers and in halls and this to me is the sign of a wonderful experience.
The range of societies and clubs at Loughborough is extraordinary. Everyone knows just how strong Loughborough is at sport and the facilities here show that, make sure you use all of them at least once to sample what Loughborough has to offer (especially 6-a-side football on a Sunday night which is my current sport!)
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough has inspired me, I never realised how much there was to do; RAG and action, sports and academic studies are only small parts of Loughborough. I want to take my maths further into the real world where I can show everyone just what I have learnt at Loughborough and how they could benefit from a similar experience.