From the buildings we see on a daily basis, to the bridges and roads we take from granted; civil engineering and the techniques used for us to be able to utilise infrastructure intrigued me and heightened my desire to learn more.
The University of Manchester gave me the opportunity to complete the third year of my degree at the University of Calgary, Canada. For me, this provided an enormous confidence boost as I had to re-adjust to a whole different lifestyle, throwing myself into social activities to branch out and meet new people.
Studying in Canada also introduced different educational styles that influenced the way I learned. I had to adapt the methods I was used to from studying at Manchester, and at times it was very challenging. Living in Canada allowed me to embrace the lifestyle; which involved taking up new sports like skiing, ice hockey, and bob sledding.
Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to do more travelling during holidays and after semesters, which for me has been a highlight of the course so far.
I have enjoyed learning about project management and the renewable energy sector. Modules such as Environmental Engineering have given me an appreciation for sustainable development within the construction industry for the future. Having the opportunity to study abroad has been a privilege that I am lucky to have had. As the year abroad counted as a replacement of my year in Manchester, I am very glad to be able to rejoin my fellow course mates for the last year of my university experience.
The IT facilities are very modern, with recent investment and refurbishment of the main George Begg building. This has provided many new systems for students to work on and also a comfortable learning environment has been established.
I am currently undertaking a dissertation on wind farms and their contested impacts. The dissertation looks at how these impacts are evaluated and by which parties. It also looks at methods to change/increase public and stakeholder support of wind farms. I opted for this dissertation title as I am interested in renewable energy and sources of it, especially with the emission targets set by he government within the UK and the increasing global issues that have emerged.