- Name: Sheryl
- Course: Chemical Engineering MEng Honours
- Where I'm from: UK
Studying at Newcastle
I commend a lot of my lecturers for the relationships they build with the students. I’m a student who is often too scared to ask questions in lectures, so I have (on many occasion) seen my lecturers in office hours to go over topics and they are always more than happy to do so. There are also seminar leaders who form strong friendships with the class so successfully that there are some seminars I can’t bear to miss because of the positive and friendly atmosphere they bring. The lectures themselves are usually really interesting, and the lecturers always bring a lot of personality to the lectures and seminars!
I love that Linguistics is almost nothing like I imagined; I expected a few classes about accents and debates about nouns vs. verbs, and I couldn’t have been more wrong! Linguistics is such a vast degree that it basically studies life itself and every aspect within. My favourite module would definitely be syntax purely due to its difficulty to be quite honest! I loved the challenge of attempting something so new and different, and also loved the maths vibe that it carried. However, I could also never say that I didn’t enjoy the other modules! Every single module is connected yet each one was so individualistic and I honestly and without a doubt enjoyed going to each and every class.
Would I recommend this course? Without a single doubt, yes! As I am already a student representative working on open days, I know that I honestly would recommend my course (or at the very least recommend taking one linguistic module). This degree seems to be the study of everything. You are introduced to concepts of sociology, psychology, brain science, history, basically every single module combined! Although, I would have to say that this degree is not for the faint hearted; this multitude of notions carries with it a multitude of work, although still definitely worth it.
Living in Newcastle
It wasn’t until I came to University in Newcastle and then went to visit home for the weekend that I realised how much I did love this city. Although I did fall in love with Newcastle on the open day and post applicant day, living here just made me realise. Newcastle is such a great city; it’s big enough to have all the amazing nightlife, shopping, or anything else you’d expect, but also small enough to feel homely. The locals, although often quite rowdy, are so lovely and always make you feel at home (even though you’ve never actually associated home with a loveable bunch of Geordies). There are so many hidden away gems in Newcastle that I’m only just finding out about two years into my degree! Amazingly individual places such as the Cat Café, Great British Cupcakery, and Tyneside Cinema honestly make Newcastle the endearing city it is!
For first year I regret not joining many societies, although I did join my course societies (Linguistics and French). They provide great nights out that you can enjoy with course mates that you may not be able to with on a standard night out! They also offer great events that you definitely would not do elsewhere, such as the EngSoc Christmas boat party, or end of year balls where you can get dressed up for a real night out. Second year however, I learned from my mistake!
I have joined Newcastle Student Radio where I have my very own radio that is completely mine to direct! I also have the possibility to attend free gigs and interview artists in return for a recommendation on the weekly music show. Within the first fortnight of joining the society, I bagged an interview and a guest list spot for a gig with Twin Atlantic which was absolutely amazing! The community for NSR is lovable and inviting, and I definitely recommend this society!
For first year I lived in Richardson Road accommodation) and I loved every single millisecond of it. The layout of the flats basically forced you to socialise with flatmates, and that is how I became the best of friends with mine! The cheap price of the accommodation brought together bunches of ‘cliché’ students which made the total experience needed for first year.
Living with other first years going through the exact same transition and experience definitely help ease the pressure of the millions of new experiences that you go through when starting university.
Managing your money
As I’m one of the few students that loves organisation, I actually make yearly budgeting spreadsheets that takes into consideration rent, bills, etc. I then figure out how much I can afford to spend weekly on food and other things (such as nights out, treats, etc). My best advice would be to do something similar and figure out how much money you can spend each week and stick to it! Any leftover money can be a treat at the end of the semester!
I enjoy cooking, but good meals don’t exactly cost more than some pasta and pesto. I always plan my meals for the week carefully, then do an online food shop as you can see all the cheap home brands and all the good deals, you can buy a lot more non-perishables without worrying about carrying 100 tins and jars home, and also stops you from adding random items to your hypothetical baskets. Invest in a decent student cookbook (I recommend Nosh for Students) and some decent Tupperware!
Make meals you can put in the fridge for the next day, or freeze for some other time; making multiple servings of one meal will always be cheaper (and easier) than making one serving of several meals.
I hate to admit it but I’m not 100% sure. Although, I do know that linguistics will set me up for many a job prospect. I have toyed with ideas of teaching (even possibly to degree level), speech therapy, or computer programing (via syntax). I find it so difficult to narrow it down to one particular sector of linguistics as I cannot bare to think of letting go of the other aspects!
The careers service at Newcastle are amazing for helping you look in the right direction, which is what I am currently hoping to do. However, as I have said, if I didn’t manage to choose a direct path, I know that I could use my degree and knowledge from each module to ease my way into whichever career path I choose!