When I applied to read Mechanical Engineering at UCL I knew that it would be tough and
would require lots of hard work but what I didn’t realise is how much pressure I would be under. So here are
five things to remember when you feel like you can’t cope with an unbelievably intense degree, here is our
guide to first year engineering courses:
- Engineering re-organises your mind. It is true. Studying any Engineering course will make you
think and reason differently and solve problems as pragmatically as possible, which will benefit you
both personally and professionally.
- Power through, because it´s a very valuable degree. When it comes to getting a job, whether
its a part-time job while studying or a placement after graduation, you will find it easier than
people with other kinds of degrees. Employers will value your mathematical skills and your work
ethic. Having a BEng – or MEng – degree, demonstrates quite clearly that you are a skilled, serious
and committed person.
- The rest of your peers are in the same position as you. Although you may be drowning, the
rest of the class has as much work to do as you and they have to manage their time too. You must
remember that everyone is human; despite the fact that Engineering does change you, you are still
part of the human race and as such, you have limitations.
- You are at University. “University is a great place to spend the best years of your life”, as
I was recently told by a UCL lecturer. It is true. When you’re at that point where you think you
don’t have time for sports, societies and good grades all at the same time, think about what you
gain from non-curricular activities and from socialising. It is important to find a balance.
5. You got here for a reason. Remember how you got into Engineering. The opportunity doesn’t come
by easily; it requires very hard work and persistence, so don’t give up. If somebody thinks you are good
enough to be there, you will manage. You just have to believe in yourself and work hard for what you
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