Matt Oakes

I am enjoying the freedom we get to choose different units within the degree course. I especially enjoy that I am learning topics that would be hard to learn on my own, including Artificial Intelligence and Graphics.

I decided to study Computer Science because I was interested in computers from an early age. I used to build small games as a child and later took this further by producing software. I specifically chose the 'straight' Computer Science degree because it afforded the most freedom to take whatever units I wanted.

Manchester offered a good range of courses and I liked that the lecturers were friendly and approachable. This was a bit of a contrast compared to some other universities I had visited. I also liked the city; it's big enough to have lots going on, but not so big that it's a pain to get across it.

I am enjoying the freedom we get to choose different units within the degree course. I especially enjoy that I am learning topics that would be hard to learn on my own, including Artificial Intelligence and Graphics.

I have been a member of the Computer Science Society (CSSoc) since my first year. In my second year I was the Communications Secretary which was a great help in getting me organised and used to leading a small team.

Now that I am in my third year, I am also one of the PASS Student Coordinators. This has helped me with time management while also being good fun seeing what the first and second years are doing.

My advice to students considering applying for a degree in Computer Science would be to make sure you take advantage of opportunities to do something different. It's very easy to pass through university ignoring these, but university wouldn't have been half as useful for me without them.

I'd also highly recommend taking an industrial placement year. The year I spend at Ribot in Brighton was the most useful in getting me used to programming properly, and getting ready for actually having a job at the end of the degree.

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