Sarah King

A degree in Computer Science from Manchester is so employable. Employers come into the University essentially head-hunting us, and there are so many opportunities to network and meet new people.

I always knew I wanted to do something with computers. I love understanding how things work and I was forever taking things apart when I was younger to see how they were put together. Maths has always appealed to me too, so I decided to study both. I came for my interview in November, and knew immediately I was in the right place. Moving to Manchester was the best thing I ever did, and I wouldn't change anything.

I loved how big the city was, and how bustling everything seemed to be. The University of Manchester has the largest student population in the country, so there would always be someone with the same interests as me. Everyone seemed so friendly on the open days and the facilities I saw inspired me to apply here.

We have access to some of the best facilities, lecturers and support staff, as well as being around like-minded people. It's so interesting talking to all the different people at the University, and confidence boosting when you can hold a decent conversation with a lecturer about their course content.

As nerdy as it sounds, I love the variety of work we get to do. We have coursework in every Computer Science unit and it really helps illustrates the theory we are taught in lectures. I also enjoy the close knit community of friends I've made. Being a joint honours student, there's only a handful of us that do the two courses, and we're all really good friends.

I have learnt to program in two languages from having no experience at all, and I have developed my time management skills to balance academic life with social life. I am a member of the choir and orchestra society, and I run a Brownies patrol on a Wednesday night too. I think it's important to carry on your hobbies from home. They were things I loved doing, and it just gives me a little break twice a week to think about something different from University.

My advice to students thinking about taking this course would be to go for it! University, for me, has been the best experience of my life so far. Whilst the hours are long (we have the most contact hours I know of - including medics) and the workload is tough, a degree in Computer Science from Manchester is so employable. Employers come into the University essentially head-hunting us, and there are so many opportunities to network and meet new people.

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