What influenced your decision to study engineering?

My maths and physics in high school were strong so I thought I would enjoy studying engineering at university. I also had a teacher who was a mechanical engineer who greatly influenced my decision, which turned out to be one of the best choices of my life.

What challenges have you faced in your studies and how did you overcome them?

The volume of work has been overwhelming at times, especially in my second year when I was looking for placement opportunities and studying simultaneously. I kept myself motivated by planning out my day and having a good balance between studies and social activities.

I believe it is a good idea to study with a group of friends. This helped me realise that I was not alone in struggling with the more difficult parts of the course, and we worked together to overcome the challenges.

What aspect of engineering do you particularly enjoy?

I love the diverse range of careers that are available to enter as an engineer. From banking to space shuttle design, engineers have the knowledge, ability and confidence to work in many interesting fields.

What advice would you give to young women interested in studying engineering?

Engineering is an exciting degree that challenges you and pushes you to the limits but requires perseverance. Do not give up if you do not enjoy a certain module or if you struggle to achieve the grades you aim for. Keep practising and keep learning. I would strongly recommend doing a year in industry as it helps you to create links in your field and allows you to develop as an engineer.

I would also advise getting involved at the university. Keep up to date with what is happening in your department and attend all lectures and problem-solving sessions as this makes a significant difference to your understanding and you will enjoy the subject more.