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Elena


Department: Mechanical Engineering
Course: MEng Mechanical Engineering
Nationality: Malaysian

What was your favourite subject at school?
Additional Mathematics and Physics.


How did you decide which degree course to take?
I did a short work attachment while doing my A-Levels. I loved it so much that I decided instantly that this is what I’ll do in university.

What advice would you give to people about to choose a university course?
Know both what you’re capable of and what you’re willing to sacrifice. Choose wisely and I promise you, you’ll have the time of your life!

What inspired you/Who inspired you to follow this route?
Simple. Given my interest in those two subjects and wanting to do something I know I’ll enjoy doing, Mechanical Engineering was the logical choice.

What do you particularly enjoy and why?

  • The Global Engineering Challenge week : I had great team mates and the programme itself was very informative and enjoyable which made it possible for me to win both the awards. Since it’s compulsory, why not give it your best shot?
  • Course structure : Assessed throughout the year instead of leaving the bulk of it until the end of the year. Also gives plenty of time for me to do other things outside the course that I enjoy.
  • Volunteering : The other volunteers are a friendly, lively bunch and the activities makes me feel like I’m part of something bigger. It’s like having family away from home.
  • Duke of Edinburgh : The opportunity to do something different. Pushes me beyond my limits only to discover I can handle so much more. The sense of accomplishment I feel afterwards is beyond rewarding.

Best job/most fun/most fulfilling/challenges.
Bungee jumping for the first time.

How is studying your subject or methods of learning different at university than at school?

  • More freedom in uni to choose what/when to study.
  • more self-studying rather than spoon-feeding.

If in final year – have you started to apply for any jobs yet?
Nope. I’m in my first year.

What do you like to do when you are not working on your degree?
Extra-curricular activities.