Jasmine is a final year BSc Business Computing Systems student. She is from South East London and loves to explore the city.
What were you doing before you came to study at City?
I came into university after following the typical sixth form college route, doing A-levels and applying in line with my year group.
Why did you decide to apply to City?
I actually came to a Computing in Industry day run by the Widening Participation Team (of which I am now a part of) back in my first year of college. This was my first time hearing about City and after researching what was offered by the Computer Science department, I weighed it up against other universities I was considering. The course structure definitely stood out for me; the course had a lot more diversity in the modules studied throughout the three years and had a placement year option, so it looked great to me.
What were the most important resources for you in helping you to make a decision?
For me, actually visiting the campus was the most important; hearing and talking to those both teaching and studying at any university really helped to paint a picture of how my university experience may be.
What is your favourite thing about studying at City?
Definitely, the location! The surrounding areas around the university have so much to offer in terms of study spaces and leisure. Just getting to know London more made me realise that I still haven't explored enough.
What kind of things are you involved in outside of your course?
I have had quite the active university life outside of my academic studies; I explored new horizons by learning the martial arts form of Shorinji Kempo and found comfort in old interests in the Anime & Manga society (of which I am now on the committee for). Since my first year I have been involved in two Student Ambassador roles, where I have been able to develop vital transferable skills such as public speaking and teamwork, which have aided me in both my academic and social life.
Have you had the opportunity to do any placements as part of your course?
A placement year was another key determinant when selecting my university choices as City offered one as part of my course. I undertook it last year and thoroughly enjoyed. My placement year played a huge role, as it allowed me to apply the theory learnt in university, in a real-world working environment; it also allowed me to see the gaps where am lacking knowledge and need to work on prior to re-entering the industry after graduating.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
Despite being in my final year, I'm still not completely sure. At present, I would like to go into the User Experience (UX) and Design side of the IT industry but with the ever-changing and constant learning in the industry I'm open to any opportunities that fit me and my goals.
What would be your top tip for our applicants?
Research and get as much exposure as you can to the subjects you're interested in!
There is no harm in applying for academic-related events, i.e. summer schools or spring weeks, throughout your college years. Even if you're not entirely sure you want to study 'xyz' subject, take the opportunity to find out more as you never know what doors it may open.