Monday, 23 September 2013

Welcome back everyone

Congratulations to you all for coming this far.  Isn't it good to be back at university on the way to finishing your degree course?  Even if you are retaking the year; which I know at least two people are, it is still good as there is a second chance for you to still progress to reach the goal of passing and achieve a good classification of your degree.  To all our new direct entry students, I also would like to extend my welcome to you.  Thank you for coming to study with us.  You’re going to love it here.  University life here involves putting in the hard work but also having fun.  Everyone needs some fun in his or her life so we cater that here also.  After working hard, we students like to take a break at least to rest our minds for a little while then go back to work.  There are facilities at every campus at this university.  As the School of Engineering is based in Medway, we have an on-site campus bar called, “Coopers”.  This bar is shared for all the universities based at the Medway campus.  They are known as the Universities at Medway: University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, and University of Greenwich.

I’m guessing everyone is settling down or at least getting back into the routine of being back at university.  You can probably see old and new faces roaming around campus for example in your classes, in the library, walking by etc. but please make them all feel welcome as you would like them to show a welcoming attitude towards you.  


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

New Timetable, Third year here I come

Guess what guys and girls! My timetable is up on portal and it is looking great! I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it.  The third year timetable looks quite decent in terms of the number of hours and days we third year students have to attend lectures and/or lab sessions.

I am all registered and ready to go back. I will miss the freedom I had over the summer but getting my good degree class is top priority in my eyes. I can’t wait to get cracking on my final year of the course so I can develop my knowledge more, experience new interesting things, and finish my course.   My main goal is to get my good overall degree classification in BEng Computer System Software Engineering.

So back to the topic on my new timetable which I like so much.  I feel there are mainly advantages and moreover benefits for me as a third year student from the basis of my university timetable.  It is not overpowering with so many lectures or lab times or sessions which is a huge advantage.  I believe it has taken into account the final year project a bit as well as the other assignments or projects we’ll have to face over the terms across the course.

I plan to manage my time very effectively this year as there will be, I’m guessing at least 3 projects to hand in one after the other if not at the same time.  It’s going to be a lot of work but with time management and focus, everything should be great.  I’m sticking to my timetable, attending all lectures unless I fall ill then I’ll send in my absence note to my lecturer of the lecture I missed and I will definitely catch up.

Well that’s it for now.  Have a great day and good read of my other blogs found on the student blogs website/ webpage.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Second to Third year

Although I have opted out of undertaking the sandwich course, I believe it was probably the best decision I made now.  This is because when continuing onto my third year at university, I can gain all the knowledge from my lecturers and then be able to decide in what field or area I would like to get my practical experience.  For those of you that do not know what the sandwich course is, well I can tell you.  The sandwich course is an additional year added to the normal 3 year undergraduate programme.  Furthermore, a sandwich course is referred to as the 4 year course (1 year industrial placement included).  It is where you can take a year out of your university studies between the end of second year and start of third year at university to join a company on a work placement.  

Even though I have not gone for the year industrial placement, for a month over the summer holiday I got a part-time work experience in a small organisation where I could develop and project my skills related to IT.

For third year, I have seen the modules that I will be doing.  Ahh my worst nightmare is back… Hardware is back in my life and guess what? It’s Advanced Hardware.  Although I did ok overall for my theory exam, assignments and my practical exam was as I expected, I still don’t like it much.  I preferred every other module in second year even though my hardware lecturer made the module very engaging; my mind rejected it to an extent.  I thought I would never have to do that module or anything to do with Hardware again because I found it more to be on the electronic side of the hardware with the main part of getting down to the core of the hardware which wasn’t so bad.  Overall experience of second year was good especially gaining knowledge and friends from the electronics course.  They knew loads when it came to the Hardware lectures.  I was amazed.  I can take away a few bits from Hardware in terms of the different levels of a system i.e. low level to high level.

The first year to second year experience was a quite a change compared to going from college to first year at university.  In a way, the first year to university experience was easier to adapt to rather than moving from first to second year.  Hopefully, second to third year will be good.  Thinking positively.