BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Yasmin - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
Monday is never an exciting start to the week. I’ve been blessed by the timetable Gods to only have a short lecture (Digital Signal Processing) at 11:00. I usually bring a laptop, notepad, and pens so I have no excuse to not go to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) later. I head to the forum restaurant for some lunch with my course mates before they head home. They normally have some good choices.
I go on to do a lap in the LRC to see if there’s anyone I know otherwise I look for a spot on the top floor where it is the quiet zone to type up notes I may have missed from the slides. This is also a chance for me to catch up on things I didn’t understand previously on my other modules and when I can send questions in emails to my tutors.
A day off at university doesn’t mean a day off entirely. My Tuesday has the focus of my final year project where I can spend the day in the labs.
Active students have roller-skating sessions on in the evening which my friends have insisted I try out. Turns out, I am terrified of falling but it was all good fun. Only fell once – or multiple times. I’ll be better next week…
An early start at 09:00 with a two-hour microelectronic and VLSI lab. Sometimes I stay longer if the task is particularly challenging. This is usually the case when working on a joyous assignment. Wednesday’s usually have no class in the afternoon to allow for extra-curricular like being part of the active union or societies. Getting involved in the Herts community is something I highly recommend.
Resting recharges my batteries before my night shift at our campus club, the Forum. I really enjoy the balance of working a part-time job alongside my studies. The money helps too! They’re flexible with hours as they employ only students so are super understanding if I need to take time off for assignments when I’m busy. Met some of my favourite people working there! Sometimes we go for a well-needed Maccies for an after-shift natter and I get home between 17:00-18:00 which isn’t as tiring as it sounds.
I have tutorials and lectures in DSP and power. Tutorials improve the theory by applying questions to problems. Try to engage and get involved as much as possible. It’s important to make the most of contact time with the lecturers. Don’t need be shy!
It’s always nice to rewind and spend time for yourself. I dedicate my evening to watching Netflix, having a luscious bath or cooking with friends. Self-care is so vital at uni. The Hutton hub has great resources with their Wellbeing team.
Another day, another lecture. But it’s okay – the weekend is on the horizon! I normally have class four or five days a week, but this varies per course and timetable. Some have less contact time than others. I normally have a scheduled project meeting with my supervisor weekly to show my progression in my FYP.
It’s games night! My friends live on campus – and have a PS4 – so we play games together. We’ve gone from all genres, but I love the quality bonding time playing horror games. Nothing like terror to bring you closer. Or a quiz to break friendships apart…
Home on the train is only an hour away so I often take a trip back to see the family – bit of homemade food is always lovely! I tend to go every fortnight or so depending on workload. Parents will appreciate you more than they let on.
Yasmin - Things you should know
7 Things to know when starting university
Beginning of uni can be scary – but it’ll be a new experience you can’t forget!
- Sort out accommodation
I would 100% recommend living on campus for your first year! It’s such an effortless way to meet new people as you’re all thrown in together and you’ll always have someone to go out within your flat. You can make friends for life with the people you first meet in your own kitchen. The earlier you apply, the more likely you’ll get your first choice.
- Student Finance/Tuition fees
For some of us, thinking of the money aspect is daunting but it’s so important to get it completed ASAP. You really don’t want to have your SF payments delayed! You’ll only get paid your loan after completing registration. If you have any problems, please see the student centre for the advice!
- Open a student current account
What is important in a bank account for you? Is it the overdraft limit? Or the incentives in opening an account? Or convenience in a local branch. I went with Santander as there is a branch in Hutton Hub and came with a four-year railcard upon on opening. Do your research in what’s best for you!
- Register with the GP
We have a GP on campus in the Hutton Hub. There are other options in town or neighbouring cities if preferred. It’s much more convenient to go to a health service in Herts rather than go home if there’s a health problem. We also have a well-being service too which provide counselling if needed.
- Do some research
Your course tends to release a reading list prior to beginning. You don’t need to read everything in-depth, but it is good to get grounded on what to expect. You won’t need to buy the books if you can just get them out of the library. Students from previous years will be selling second-hand books cheaper.
- Scout the area
Shopping: We have Asda, Aldi, and Tesco’s nearby. There’s a petrol station near campus and a Premier shop on campus.
Gyms: We have Hertfordshire Sports Village and the Oval gym on each campus as well as other options like David Lloyd, Pump and Hatfield Leisure Centre.
Transport: London is a 25-minute train journey away. Perfect for trips with your new friends. St Albans, Watford, and Welwyn Garden City are all on bus routes away. The bus Hatfield to Hatfield is currently £1.20 with your student ID.
- Fresher’s Fair
Find out when Fresher’s Fair is! It is a key event held by the student union to get to know what societies, athletic union, and activities you’ll like to get involved in. I really encourage you to make the most out of your time at university! There will be lots of freebies and free taster sessions to try out.
Yasmin - Why I chose Herts
Why I chose Herts
When I visited for the first time for an open day, I loved the campus feel of college lane. It was so different to sixth form. I live near Cambridge – about an hour by car- to Hatfield, Hertfordshire which was convenient to get to. Makes moving in easier! My Mum also isn’t the world’s most confident driver, so my university had to be close enough to home – but I didn’t want to be too close! Commuting is always a possibility too.
The open day tours showed me the engineering facilities, Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and accommodation. I took a lot of freebies as well. I still use pens even now! I find it important to scout out different universities to really get a feel of the atmosphere and vibes.
At A- level, I studied Physics, Maths and Psychology. I developed an interest in engineering in physics, but I wasn’t sure which sector to go into. Electronic and electrical is quite broad which is one of the reasons why I chose it. The resources on campus looked great as well!
The best part about it being a campus is the ease of meeting new people and befriending so many different people. I made so many friends through societies, active students and even saying hi to students in the LRC! I miss my family less when I made my own family at Herts. I’ve grown so much in my years at uni and I’m so glad that I came here.
Meet Michelle Law who has excelled in her role within electrical engineering since graduating. Michelle currently works as a Technology Innovation Manager at ghd.Read more stories Find out more about this course
|Current job role||Technology Innovation Manager|
|Year of graduation||2010|
|Course of study||BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronics Engineering|
University experience and life
Michelle, an international student from Malaysia, was offered the Vice-Chancellors scholarship to come and study at the University of Hertfordshire. She attributes a lot of her success to the University and the opportunities she was offered as a student here.
She says that aspects of her course helped to develop skills relevant to the industry, including mini projects which helped her to practice management skills before graduating. 'I learnt a lot about the different stages of managing projects - from early development, to completing within a deadline. I was able to transfer these skills to my job.'
However, the passion Michelle's lecturers bought to her studies was the most memorable thing about her time at the University. 'The best thing about my course was the lecturers. They were very passionate and supportive lecturers who ensured we understood what we were learning and how to put the knowledge we gained into practice.'
She also adds that she embraced every moment of her student life and explored new things, including volunteering, to help make the most out of her time at university.
Future career plans
Michelle does not plan to change her career path and wants to focus on developing her project management skills in her current role.