Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Course: BEng in Chemical Engineering
What was your favourite subject at school?
Math, Physics and History
How did you decide which degree course to take?
I have always enjoyed math and science in school, and have also been interested in working for pharmaceuticals; I wanted to study a subject that was flexible and had applications in many fields. Combining all, I decided chemical engineering was the best option for me.
What advice would you give to people about to choose a university course?
To choose a course that interests them and is best suited for them; your university coursework will shape your future, so it is really important that you study something you enjoy.
What inspired you/Who inspired you to follow this route?
I have always been interested in pharmaceutical products, given that most of us using a handful of them everyday, be it cosmetics, food, etc. That, and my curiosity regarding different cultures, is what inspired me to study Chemical Engineering at a university with a diverse international environment.
What do you particularly enjoy and why?
There isn’t just one thing I particularly enjoy, really; my coursework is great as it combines some of my favourite subjects in school to carry out practical tasks, as well design projects which, while helping make use of my knowledge, also introduces me to new people. I am a member of the Sheffield University Belly Dance Society, which holds performances and events in the university throughout the year. I participated in the performance for the World Food Festival this year, which was brilliant! I also take part in the Engineers Without Borders Urban Agriculture Project; this is a great opportunity for me to learn about the applications of engineering in various fields using available resources. Apart from coursework, University is a great chance to know people from diverse backgrounds and to learn about new cultures, which is what I try to get out of everything I do.
How is studying your subject or methods of learning different at university than at school?
University is all about being pro-active; to do well at something, you must take the initiative yourself. Attending lectures is only a small part of the course; a lot of work has to be done outside of classes. School was undoubtedly much more relaxed, as we were almost always told how to do well in our courses, and who to ask for help. However, there is still a lot of support available at university, like the Counselling or Careers Service- just that it is up to you to approach!
What are your plans for the future/dreams/goals?
Aside from doing something I love and enjoying life, sky diving and seeing the ruins of the Titanic are the two things I aim to tick off on my bucket list!
What do you like to do when you are not working on your degree?Dancing, performing on stage. I am planning to learn Salsa and Ballroom dance.