My experience has fully lived up to my expectations. I would say that you really do have to put the hours in, but they are easily matched by the quality of teaching and facilities.
When I first visited Manchester, I knew I had found where I wanted to study. It had all the things I was looking for in a university: a good academic reputation, central campus, diverse student body, and with the added bonus of being in an exciting city. It was somewhere I could see myself living for four years.
When it came to choosing a course, my path was less clear-cut and a bit daunting. I had studied on the IB program in sixth form, so I had a range of options for study. My preference was for a science-based course, having focused on Maths, Physics and Chemistry at school. However, for me the study of pure science, though interesting to read about, was too theoretical and lacked application. At school (and in life) I was always more interested in something for which I could see a practical use. Engineering is perfect for this, combining the scientific theory and practical skills.
I researched different types of engineering, but ultimately my choice was based on just two factors. Firstly, in the year after sixth form I was offered a five-month work placement at a local firm specialising in electrical and electronic engineering. I loved my work there. The second factor, and probably the most influential, was my visit to Manchester’s EEE department when I came for interview. I met loads of truly enthusiastic and sincere people and I grew more impressed as I learnt more about the course units; it was obviously well planned out. I was
certain it was an environment that I would do well in.
I was surprised by the range of student backgrounds: each of us had come to the course with different skills and experience which means that we find different course units difficult. I’ll be honest, some of the material is hard and I’ve had to work at it. Yet at the same time, if it’s too much there are both students and staff I can go to for help.
While it was important to me to study at a ‘good university’, I knew there were other questions I had to ask. For example, will I be happy living in this city for four years? Will I be motivated to come to lectures in the morning? Will I be academically stretched but still be able to lead a balanced life? Both the lifestyle Manchester could provide and the quality of the EEE course made me sure. I’m now coming to the end of my final year and I really can say that I’m happy with the decision I made.