Name: Vimanyu Beedasy
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Course: BEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry
- What was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subject was Design & Technology. I spent two years studying Design & Communications for my O-Levels and the next two years studying Design & Technology for my A-Levels. I loved every part of it as it was different from the standard writing and calculating in other classes. I had to draw technical drawings and spend time in the workshop to actually construct an artefact I had designed all by myself from scratch.
My A Level project - wine barrel comprising of a glass hanger, wine bottle rack and cooling drawer.
- How did you decide which degree course to take?
Since I really enjoyed Design & Technology, I was sure to go in the engineering field. However, choosing which one specifically was hard as I want to work in so many different fields like aerospace, mechatronics or even biomedical. I spent a lot of time talking to friends studying different engineering courses, relatives and people in the engineering field besides doing my own research and reading on whatever pieces of information I gathered. Eventually, I chose Mechanical Engineering as I believe I can do almost any other degree afterwards to specialise in one specific field (which I hope to have already chosen before I complete my degree in mechanical engineering).
- What advice would you give to people about choosing a university course?
Gather as much information as possible: speak to students studying the course, have studied the course and also to people who work within their field of study. Moreover, read the module description to see if there is anything specific you’d like to do or not. And finally, look out for ‘year in industry’ courses.
- Who inspired you to follow this route?
My father. He is a highly qualified engineer and he inspired me to follow his way. As a kid I was always amazed by the way he fixed things and knew what was wrong with something which stopped working. He always finds something to work on during the weekend and I enjoyed helping him. I aim at becoming as good as he is, if not better.
- What do you particularly enjoy and why?
My course: It is very well-balanced with not only lectures and reading but also labs, group works, project works and workshop practice. I believe it is the best way for a student to learn and he both learns the theory as well as the practical work involved. Throughout the first year I met people from different cultures and backgrounds and I enjoy making friends, especially through group work and recognising a familiar face in extra-curricular activities.
- How is studying your subject or methods of learning different at university than at school?
The fact that everything is available online and viewable on a laptop, tablet or even the mobile phone is easier to stay updated with the lecture notes and workload. In addition to this, the polling system during lectures definitely spices up the lecture theatres as we are able to interact with the lecturer himself and therefore prevent us from falling asleep!
- What are your plans for the future/dreams/goals?
Get at least two degrees, secure an interesting job, tick off all the items in my bucket list, open a small business and finally get back home for the old days. And oh, watch Ronnie O’Sullivan play the World Snooker Championship Final live at The Crucible in Sheffield!
- What do you like to do when you are not working on your degree? Any pictures?
I like to explore and adventure around, especially away from the city centre. Sheffield has some interesting places to visit away from town. I also like to volunteer: the University offers so many opportunities here at the volunteering office! Imagine spending a day among some of the cutest labradors for Guide Dogs in Sheffield. Another hobby of mine is paper-crafting (I ❤ Paperchase) and learning to cook new meals almost every weekend.