Student Vlog – Becky – Civil Engineering

Student Vlog – Becky – Civil Engineering


Hi guys I’m Becky I’m a fourth year civil engineering student here at the University of Birmingham and you’re going to be following me around for a week to see what I get up to in life. So this here is mechanical engineering don’t be fooled by the name it does also contain civil engineering inside you’ll spend most of your degree life actually here whether it’s lectures group team meetings design meetings and we’ve got a wonderful space up in the top called the design centre which is just computers and tables and it’s just perfect for working so I’ve come inside to go and see my research supervisor you do this about once a week two weeks depending on who you are and what your project is and they basically just give you advice about where to head they’re usually well they usually run the research that you’re doing so they’re like top of their field in it and mine I’m reading any of the papers but it’s actually amazing like all the research being done in this University it’s really eye-opening I’m going to head off to my dance class and it’s musical theatre so expect a lot of cheese and probably a bit of jazz hands thrown in I’m hope today in the old gym working as a student ambassador for civil engineering we’ve got a primary school coming in and together with us and a few other ambassadors and a couple of lecturers we’re building a scale-model cable suspension bridge which you can see the frame in the background here quite fun to do and also fun for the kids not so much for me dressing up in our glamorous PPE so I better head off to work and you can see the finished result later so why pick civil engineering and well I really liked physics and maths at college like A Level but I knew that I didn’t want to do either of them purely so I did a bit of a hunt around and I got really lucky actually and I got some work experience in a civil engineering office like it wasn’t doing anything proper civil engineering but it gave me enough an idea of the world I would be going into and I absolutely loved it I loved the challenges I loved the difference in your work every single day so this here is Old Joe our clock tower the tallest freestanding clock tower in the world we’re very proud of him and it has been said that JRR Tolkien took inspiration from him for his Lord of the Rings novels I picked the University of Birmingham because it had an amazing civil engineering department that focused on the bits of the course I wanted to do which are structures and group work and design work so it’s Thursday evening and for me that means orchestra practise so I’m about to head off to our rehearsal it’s the last one before our concert on Saturday so I’ve got to work hard As you’ve seen I’m very musical and the music department at Birmingham really encourage people of other courses to come and join the Society it’s one of the most welcoming environments I found you may have realised but I haven’t actually attended any lectures this week and no I haven’t skived off every single one of my lectures I am actually just not having lectures at the moment because that’s how fourth year works so through first and second and third year you do have lectures every week as you would normally at school or at college first year’s very much just broad engineering getting everyone up to speed regardless of what A Levels you did second year’s where you start specialise more in the civil engineering world and third year’s where you sort of have the great sort of half divide between half your year sort of being designed group work projects and half your other year being sort of core modules and then you get into fourth year where if you’re doing masters like I am that’s where you have fourth year you have something called block teaching because you also work alongside the postgraduate students and basically this means that a module is taught in a week-long burst so instead of having one hour of structural engineering which is the core module say on Monday and a Friday afternoon you have that 9 to 5 every single day for five days which it’s intense but it does work really well because everything’s just also blocked up into one little bit and it’s also quite nice because everything’s done really quickly and then you have loads of free time too well basically just do your research project I’m doing wind and earthquake loading which is my bit well I need to go and do some work on mine because the deadline’s in nearly two weeks so I’m up early this morning for a full day of rehearsals I have got some choir rehearsals in the morning for our trip to Tenbury later on in the term and then I’ve got orchestra rehearsals this afternoon because it’s our orchestra concert this evening The concert is finally here I’m all dressed up in my floor-length black concert dress and about to head to University ready to go on stage. Wish me luck! So it’s Sunday it’s the last day that I’ve got this camera and I spent it with my old house mates they’ve all come down to visit since a lot of them graduated last year so we’ve all sort of gone our own different ways so it’s quite nice to have a bit of reunion I just been downstairs with my housemate playing board games and yeah that’s pretty much how much how most weekends end for me and so yeah this has been a week in the life of me and I hope this has given you some idea of what university is about

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