Jessica is in her third year of MEng Naval Architecture & High-Performance Marine Vehicles, here she tells us about her experience at Strathclyde so far...
What were your reasons for deciding to study Naval Architecture & High-Performance Marine Vehicles?
I have always had an interest in the maritime industry, and when I was young my dream job was to work on a cruise ship. I’ve always liked maths and sciences at school, so engineering was the career route for me. When I saw this course advertised, I knew it would be perfect for me!
Why did you decide to study at Strathclyde?
I chose to study at Strathclyde for a variety of reasons, one of them being that it's based in my favourite city in Scotland (Glasgow), the location is perfect as it’s a two-minute walk from the centre of the city. My family were also very happy when I showed interest in studying at Strathclyde and encouraged me to attend open days at the University. However, the main reason I chose Strathclyde is that it is the only university in Scotland that teaches my degree. Strathclyde is renowned for its various engineering departments, so for me, it was an easy choice to come here.
What do you like about your course?
The main thing I like about my course is that I am able to study something I have a passion for whilst surrounded by people who share that passion. I’ve met a lot of amazing people from different backgrounds. I have been given various opportunities that I didn’t think were possible, and the lecturers are some of the nicest and most accommodating that I’ve met. It really feels that they want you to achieve your best and will help you in any way they can.
Have you used many of the facilities that Strathclyde has on offer to students?
I have used a lot of the facilities on campus, especially now that we have a brand new student union in the new Learning and Teaching Building, which opened in 2021. Most of my time is split between the Henry Dyer building, the dedicated building for the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, and the library.
I also am a member of Strathclyde Sport and regularly use their swimming pool. A great thing about Strathclyde is how modern the buildings and facilities are.
What has been your favourite thing about studying at Strathclyde?
Joining the Strathclyde Surf Club on my first day of university was the best decision I made! I have so many amazing memories with the club, going on surf trips around Scotland and meeting wonderful people. Now that I am a committee member, I hope to help give that same experience to our new members.
Would you recommend Strathclyde to other people and why?
Yes, I would definitely recommend Strathclyde because myself and many other students alike have had such a positive experience studying here. From my experience, hard work and engagement with your course is noticed and rewarded.
Studying at Strathclyde has opened doors for me and given me experiences that I never thought I’d have. From visiting several universities around the country, it is clear to see that Strathclyde has some of the best and most active societies and clubs. If I can add a piece of advice for students thinking of coming to Strathclyde, it would be to get involved with a society or club, as it’s a great way to meet people and try new things.