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Finding a home in the Level 2 Project lab

One of the major differences or changes I experienced in my third year of studies in ECS was the lack of mandatory lab sessions like we had in the first and second years.  Unlike years 1 and 2, no third year module (apart from one) involved compulsory lab sessions.  This in effect meant I only had to come into the labs mainly for my third year project work especially as mine involved  both hardware and software components. Continue reading →

In life procrastination never really gets you that far

In life procrastination never really gets you that far. That’s a bit of a lie because you can get far. It just takes twice as long! Semester 1 of my first year is over and I can only say it’s been an enjoyable, albeit a stressful experience. Firstly, writing is not my forte and hence I’ll probably keep my first blog short! I think I’ll start on the joys of the self-taught maths. Continue reading →

Exam : Holidays :: Bread : Butter

Two weeks back the cloud of examinations loomed over the University of Southampton. The parties stopped, the games were paused and the library was over-booked. An extremely serious atmosphere prevailed in the University as I sat and wrote my first semester exams. For me these exams were different. The way I studied for them was very different to methods I used while studying for an exam in school. Being engineers we aren’t restricted to a syllabus. Continue reading →

A year late…

Almost a year since my previous blog post so I will fill you in with what has been going on in my life! Last year shortly after my blog post I successfully applied for a position at Buckle Consulting, a local web design company close to campus. The job was ideal: web design being a familiar area to me, course related, part-time and working from home. Continue reading →

Royal Academy of Engineering

I wrote back in April about an award I received from the Royal Academy of Engineering. Two weeks ago, just before the start of Freshers' Week, I got to make use of this for the first time with a weekend conference in Birmingham where I got the chance to meet the other winners from top engineering departments across the country and attend a series of personal development workshops. Continue reading →

Royal Academy of Engineering Advanced Leadership Award

What was I saying about this term getting ever crazier again? Well, it’s just got even better now I’ve been presented with the Royal Academy of Engineering Advanced Leadership Award I blogged about last time! I’m absolutely delighted, completely over the moon! It’s going to open so many doors for me and I’m so excited about what the next few years will hold! Let me explain a little more about what the award actually entails, since I didn’t go into much detail last time given the... Continue reading →

D4 Design Exercise

Three weeks ago all the second year electronics students headed off to a special extra lecture, where we were to be set the final design challenge of the year, D4. We all knew it was going to be something pretty big due to the hefty mark allocation associated with it (75% of one module – roughly the same as one exam paper) but I don’t think anyone was quite prepared for what was to come...”you have 11 working days to build a digital oscilloscope”... *gasp*... Continue reading →