Zoe Dickson smiling at the camera with her hands on her hips in the James Weir building

Zoe Dickson: Year 1 in review

MEng Mechanical Engineering with International Study

We last caught up with Zoe at the end of Semester 1. She's now completed her first year of her course! Find out what she thought of her first year as a whole.

So, how was your first year at uni?

Absolutely insane [laughs]. Honestly, it sounds so clichéd when people say uni will be the best years of your life but it really has been absolutely amazing. I’ve loved every single minute. It’s been a year of firsts; I’ve tried loads of new things and had so many new experiences. My social life has been fab - I’ve met so many new people and moving out was a big part of that. 10 months ago I didn’t know most of my friends now – who I’m so close to - even existed.

What’s been your favourite thing about uni life this year?

Living by myself and learning to live by myself. This past year I’ve done a lot that I’ve never done before and I feel like if I hadn’t moved out, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I’ve had. The halls experience was fabulous. I’ve really thrown myself in this past year and I think everybody should. I’m filling up my time with  and I’ve met so many people who I wouldn’t have met through cheer, dance and skydiving, being the main ones,

zoe dickson smiling at the camera

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned since moving out?

I thought it was going to be the hardest thing – you’ve got to think about things, you’ve got to shop, you’ve got to clean, to cook, you’ve got to be an adult…but then it’s okay. It’s not been as hard as I thought it was going to be. I feel like I’ve grown a lot in the last year, I’ve changed but I think it’s for the better.

You made it through Year 1! How was it?

My course has been so good. It’s been challenging but I’ve been able to keep up with it fine and I’m so happy exams are done! Everyone always said to me "when you get to uni it’s not going to be like high school", but it really wasn’t. As long as you turn up to the lectures, and you do the work, it’s not that difficult – I know it’s only first year and it will get harder, but it’s been a good year. This year I’ve really enjoyed going out and doing things, especially just spending time with my flatmates, but next year I’m going to buckle down! I feel like in school I was really focused on doing well academically, and I’m pleased that I did do that because it meant that this year I could take a slight step back and do the work that’s going to allow me to do well, but I didn't have to stress out and I enjoyed it.

This last semester I've done 11 sky dives

This really has been my year of fun. This last semester I’ve done 11 sky dives and I’ve done a lot of dancing and cheerleading competitions. They took up a lot of time but they were so much fun. Next year I’m the events coordinator for the dance society, I’m Social Secretary for sky diving and I’m the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Young Members Panels Vice Secretary, so I’m already looking forward to getting started again!

Zoe Dickson doing her first solo skydive

What are your plans for this summer? 

I applied to work at an American Summer Camp. I’d always wanted to do it and I realised I was never going to get four months off again in my life, so I went for it! I’m going to be teaching dancing in a camp in Pennsylvania for nine weeks. After that I have three weeks after to wing it and travel and do things – I’m so excited. It’ll be the longest I’ve been away from home and my mum’s a bit stressed [laughs] but I’m so excited.

What are your living plans for next year?

The six of us in our flat from last year are really close – they're my closest friends, and this year three of us are sharing a rented flat in Merchant City next year. It’ll be different because in halls you’re surrounded by other students but it’ll be so nice because it’ll be ours.