21 years old from Gravesend in Kent
My course is really technical, really hard. It involves lots of maths, physics and computing. I found the first year quite light – not as in depth – but the second year focuses on working really independently. There’s a real shift in expectations and much more work. I definitely push myself – I’m getting really good marks.
I’ve always wanted to make computer games. I took a programming-specific route to get here, studying a BTEC National for IT Practitioners. I did a lot of research about where I wanted to study – I initially considered another country but eventually opted for the UK. I was influenced by Teesside’s Skillset accreditation– it shows that this course is relevant to industry. It’s quite a big thing to have.
Student life here is good – the University gets good reviews from lots of students. I’m glad I came – it’s been the best year and a half of my life so far.
I want to be a 3D special effects programmer. I’m doing a lot of work with the University’s Entrepreneur’s Society at the moment – it’s focused me on setting up my own company creating indy games, maybe for the PC or Xbox.
I do a lot of other activities so I have to really manage my time well. I work in the Student Unions’ kitchen. I’m also Chair of the Iaido Society, a Japanese sword martial art. And I’ve started skydiving. I did two jumps last year and am planning to do more soon. I love freeline skating in my spare time and iceskating, which I do at nearby Billingham Forum.