"Having everything on your doorstep allows you to have a full and well-rounded life during your studies. I’ve certainly become a lot more confident since starting at Surrey – both academically and socially."
CourseAerospace Engineering MEng
I’ve always had a fascination with space and astrophysics, but decided to study aerospace engineering because it will enable me to apply my theoretical knowledge in a practical situation and hopefully design something that will one day be useful to society.
My main reason for choosing Surrey was its excellent record in engineering. Also, as a disabled student, the idea of such a compact campus was highly appealing as it would allow me to move around the University and access all venues with ease.
I particularly enjoy the mathematical aspects of my course, especially deriving equations to explain how different systems will behave. It’s very satisfying to see where these equations come from and how they can be implemented in real life, and predicting what various objects will do in a range of scenarios.
"When I graduate I’d love to go into engineering design in industry. I’m very attracted to the idea of being able to develop and test a prototype to optimise its performance, creating a successful product design at the end of the process."
All the academics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences are very friendly and helpful, always happy to answer any questions you may have about the subject material, and keen to help you succeed. The departmental staff and the University as a whole have been extremely accommodating of my additional needs, which has allowed me to thrive during my time here. Being at Surrey has made me realise that although I may have to study in a slightly different way to your typical student, I can still keep up with the material and achieve good results. In fact I received an award at the end of my first year for best Year 1 performance.
I’m now looking forward to my Professional Training placement year when I’ll take a year off studying to work in a company and take part in real-life engineering projects. This will hopefully give me knowledge of how the aerospace industry works and what kind of areas I’d like to work in, in the future.
Outside of my course, I’m part of the Feminist Society at Surrey which has taught me a lot about the world and the different issues women face internationally, and the Peryton Rocketry Society, where our goal is to build, test and then fly our own model rocket, hopefully at a competitive level. I also joined the Student Ambassador team during my first semester at Surrey and have been working with them ever since, helping to organise workshops and taster sessions for under-represented groups of school students, which has allowed me to develop my skills in communication and teamwork.
I think the best thing about Surrey is the variety of activities and opportunities that are available here. My course is very immersive and I’m really enjoying it, but there’s also so much else to get involved in, both on campus and locally in Guildford. Having everything on your doorstep allows you to have a full and well-rounded life during your studies. I’ve certainly become a lot more confident since starting at Surrey – both academically and socially.
When I graduate I’d love to go into engineering design in industry. I’m very attracted to the idea of being able to develop and test a prototype to optimise its performance, creating a successful product design at the end of the process.