"I’ve really come out of my shell since coming to University and get far more involved than I did when I was at school. I have a lot more confidence and I think that’s probably down to being involved in sports and societies where you are constantly talking to new people."
CourseDigital Media Arts BA (Hons)
"My favourite part of my course is the variety – one day you’ll be learning about shutter speeds and framing; the next day you could be learning to make a virtual reality video game. The academic staff are friendly and helpful, and their creative expertise is very broad, meaning there is always somebody who can help with projects and ideas.
When I was choosing my course, the idea of being able to apply our new skills to a placement for a year also seemed like an amazing opportunity.
I spent my placement year at Sanofi (a pharmaceuticals company) as the Digital and Multichannel Intern, and I loved my job! Every day was different. I had the amazing opportunity of creating an e-learning module that acted as supporting material for patients with multiple sclerosis who were taking part in a study looking into their treatment. This module contained animations, information slides, sound and text in order to ensure the patient fully comprehends the study they are taking part in before signing up.
"As my course is primarily creative, I saw my placement as an amazing opportunity to develop my technical skills through my web development projects."
The highlight for me was most certainly winning the Sanofi 2016 Innovation Award for Responsible Innovation for our work on the multiple sclerosis e-learning module.
As my course is primarily creative, I saw my placement as an amazing opportunity to develop my technical skills through my web development projects. When I found my placement I was unsure what I wanted to do career-wise, however now I know I would love to work in advertising and digital communications.
Being a part of a club has without a doubt been the highlight of my University experience. I joined dodgeball as it seemed fun and social and I’ve met some of my best friends through it, as well as having the opportunity to relax and release some energy after lectures!
Other than my achievement on placement, one of the things I am proudest of is getting involved with as much charity work as possible while at University. Since coming to Surrey, dodgeball and the Coppafeel Society have teamed up to put on our annual ‘BoobBall’ event at the Sports Park in order to raise money for Coppafeel, a breast cancer awareness charity. I also worked with a team of six students as the Marketing Coordinator for the 2015 Sport Relief at Stag Hill Campus. Between the six of us we organised, promoted and ran the event in order to raise money for Sport Relief. We had an amazing turnout and seeing how our efforts had paid off was so rewarding.
I’ve really come out of my shell since coming to University and get far more involved than I did when I was at school. I have a lot more confidence and I think that’s probably down to being involved in sports and societies where you are constantly talking to new people.
If you’re thinking about coming to Surrey, my biggest piece of advice is to get as involved as possible; whether that be in a sport, society, event, trips away or anything. Although it’s important to work hard and ultimately earn your degree, I can guarantee that university will be one of the best experiences of your life, and it flies by – so make the most of it!"
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