Posted by sthomas on September 29, 2016 4:00 pm

Hello and welcome back to my University blog!

For those who don’t know, this is a place where students, like myself, give you an insight into what it is like being a student at Huddersfield University through blog posts and videos.

As you may have noticed I have already got quite a few blog post already and this is because last year I shared my experience of being a first year student. This year I am back doing the same, sharing my experience but now as a second year student. Be sure to check my other posts if you have some spare time. Some personal favourites of mine are:

– My Top 5 Bars and Nightclubs in Huddersfield

– RadioHud 24 Hour Fundraiser

– Why you should attend an Open Day

– My Exam Top Tips

– Choosing accommodation


Who am I?

For those who have never heard of me or read this blog before, my name is Sophie Thomas and I am a Social Media Rep at Huddersfield University. This year I am also a Student Ambassador for the School of Computing and Engineering which means if you are coming to one of the Open Days or Applicant Visit days you may see me around!

As I mentioned before I am now in my second year, studying Web Technologies. In my spare time, I love to design and develop websites, produce videos, write articles and take photos when I’m out and about.

Outside the world of web, you can find me binge watching shows on Netflix, listening to music, playing GTA, socialising with friends and family or boxing with the members of the Thai Boxing society at Huddersfield University.


I hope you find this blog useful and I will see back here very soon with more posts! In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding University life or Huddersfield University then comment them below.

 

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on April 17, 2016 9:55 am

It’s crazy that next week is the start of the Easter holidays which means for me I only have a few weeks left, of teaching weeks, until I break up for the Summer. So I thought I’d share my thoughts of this year so far.

Thank you for watching. I hope this video has given you a little insight into what my first year has been like at Huddersfield University.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on March 17, 2016 2:09 pm

In the next couple of months most of you, whether you’re at school, college or even a current university student, will be doing your end of year exams unless you’re on a coursework based course like myself. Yep, my university course doesn’t have any exams.

David Tennant GIF (Exam Post)

And if your sitting there, like David Tennant,  hoping they won’t happen… the harsh truth is they will!

But I have your back! I have put together my 5 top tips that will help you when you are preparing for your exams.

Tip Number 1: Put the hours in!

Preparation is key in everything you do. An old saying I love is ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ and this also applies with exams. If you haven’t already started revising now is the time to start. One things to remember is that you don’t have to cram your revision in one night. Doing 20 minutes to 1 hour each night or even a few nights a week is fine as long as you focus and fully concentrate on doing those revision tasks.

Tip Number 2: Plan

Talking about preparation planning what you are going to do when revising is key to making the most of your time. Before you start set yourself daily goals of what you want to achieve. You could also create a schedule of what you are going to do each day. In the schedule you can include other tasks unrelated to revision such as social downtime and breaks.

Tip Number 3: Remove Distractions

Distractions are everywhere so by removing distractions from your workspace you will be able to focus and concentrate more on the task you are doing. Examples of distractions are having the TV or music playing in the background, having your phone on next to you, having Social Media open or doing work around noisy people. Finding the best environment to work in as soon as possible will increase the effectiveness of your time revising.

Tip Number 4: Keep Hydrated

When revising and when taking your exams it is important to keep well hydrated. I also advise, when revising, having a snack at hand. Having a snack and bottle of water nearby will avoid the risk of wasting time getting up at getting those things. Having water and food will give you energy and keep you focused.

Tip Number 5: Don’t Panic

The most important tip is to not panic about your exams. Although they are important there is no point in stressing. Just do your best.


I hope this post helps you in preparation for you end of year exams. If you have any of your own tips comment them below. Thanks for reading.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on March 15, 2016 12:13 pm

On Saturday 27 February I attended The Working Day Games Jam at the University. This event was organised and held by the School of Computing and Engineering. The Working Day Jam has a theme which was “Endless Games” and it ran from 9am till 5pm.

The objective of the day was to have a working game completed by 4.30pm which you would then present to the other teams. Every person would vote and the team with the most votes won a certificate, chocolate and a trophy.

The day started by getting into teams and planning what the game would be and what was required for the game. As I am not a games student nor am I that advanced with any of the back-end programming languages yet I felt that I couldn’t really offer too much to the team. However, as I have used Adobe Photoshop many times in the past I was given the job of creating assets for the game.

Once we had a plan of action in place we all got on with our individual tasks. As I mentioned above I was tasked with creating some of the assets for the game. These assets were to be 64 x 64 pixels and I created these using Adobe Photoshop. This meant the design of the game was pixelated.

The game we created was an endless scroller that was based on the theme of the deep ocean and was created using Unity 3D. The original idea was to create it using Stencyl which specifically focuses on 2D and visual coding but switched to Unity 3D when a programming student joined our team.

Slack, which is a real-time messaging app, was used to keep track of what each of us was working on and what we had done. We also used it to upload files for other team members to use.

The highlight of the event was the free pizza provided by the department. Who doesn’t love pizza that is also free?

The final part of the day was presenting our games to each other. It was fantastic to see that each team had created a working game. Unfortunately, our team didn’t win any of the prizes nor did we get any votes in any aspect of the game which is a little annoying as our game wasn’t that bad.

Overall the event was really good and well organised. It was a very productive day and I am glad that I went along to see what it was all about. The only downside was that it was focused on game development which unfortunately my skills were not fully tailored too. There are plans to do a Web Working Day Jam which I do hope goes ahead.

Whilst at the event I decided to capture some video footage which you can watch in my first ever vlog on my personal YouTube channel.

Posted by Admin on 11:07 am

On Saturday 27 February I attended The Working Day Games Jam at the University. This event was organised and held by the School of Computing and Engineering. The Working Day Jam has a theme which was “Endless Games” and it ran from 9am till 5pm.

The objective of the day was to have a working game completed by 4.30pm which you would then present to the other teams. Every person would vote and the team with the most votes won a certificate, chocolate and a trophy.
The day started by getting into teams and planning what the game would be and what was required for the game. As I am not a games student nor am I that advanced with any of the back-end programming languages yet I felt that I couldn’t really offer too much to the team. However, as I have used Adobe Photoshop many times in the past I was given the job of creating assets for the game.

Once we had a plan of action in place we all got on with our individual tasks. As I mentioned above I was tasked with creating some of the assets for the game. These assets were to be 64 x 64 pixels and I created these using Adobe Photoshop. This meant the design of the game was pixelated.

The game we created was an endless scroller that was based on the theme of the deep ocean and was created using Unity 3D. The original idea was to create it using Stencyl which specifically focuses on 2D and visual coding but switched to Unity 3D when a programming student joined our team.

Slack, which is a real-time messaging app, was used to keep track of what each of us was working on and what we had done. We also used it to upload files for other team members to use.

The highlight of the event was the free pizza provided by the department. Who doesn’t love pizza that is also free?
The final part of the day was presenting our games to each other. It was fantastic to see that each team had created a working game. Unfortunately, our team didn’t win any of the prizes nor did we get any votes in any aspect of the game which is a little annoying as our game wasn’t that bad.

Overall the event was really good and well organised. It was a very productive day and I am glad that I went along to see what it was all about. The only downside was that it was focused on game development which unfortunately my skills were not fully tailored too. There are plans to do a Web Working Day Jam which I do hope goes ahead.

Whilst at the event I decided to capture some video footage which you can watch in my first ever vlog on my personal YouTube channel.

Posted by sthomas on March 10, 2016 1:50 pm

There are plenty of bars and nightclubs in Huddersfield to choose from that can suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re just wanting a few drinks with friends or wanting to party until the early hours of the morning.

In Huddersfield there are two nightclubs, Camel Club and Tokyo, both of which are located in the town which is only a short walk from the University.

Camel Club is open 5 days a week’s offering a different theme on each of those night as well as special events such as fancy dress and their Headphone Disco. In addition to this they also have guest DJ’s and a cash give away of £250 every Monday. Camel Club also offers a membership card which allows you to queue jump, get cheaper entry and drinks.

Tokyo is open 4 days a week and offers 4 different rooms with different styles of music for you to dance to. Tokyo often holds events with guest stars such as Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder and most recently Example. Tokyo’s newest event Made in the 90’s is held every Wednesday and provides students with some great deals throughout the night such as 90p entry (before 1am), 90p on selected drinks (before 1am), 90p pizza and 90p shots.

There are also a variety of bars in the town of Huddersfield. A few student favourites include Warehouse, Mavericks 80’s Lounge, Revolution and Five Bar.

Now onto my top 5 favourite bars and nightclubs.

In at number 5 is Warehouse because it has a really good atmosphere and the drinks are cheap. The food is also really nice and for those sport fans they have plenty of screens streaming different sports.

Number 4 is Five Bar because like Warehouse the drinks are cheap. They also have two rooms, one is inside and one outside, playing different styles of music.

Toyko comes in a number 3 as it provides 4 rooms with different styles of music. The drinks are fairly cheap especially on a Wednesday which is now Made in the 90’s night.

In at number 2 is Mavericks 80’s Lounge which has two rooms playing some classic 80’s tunes. It has a lovely atmosphere and who doesn’t love a good dance to some 80’s music.

And finally the number 1 spot goes to Camel Club. This is because there is a different theme of music every night it is open. The drinks are cheap, especially on a Saturday and it has such a fun atmosphere.

So there’s my top 5 bars and nightclubs in Huddersfield. And just because they aren’t within my top 5 list doesn’t mean that bar isn’t any good.

If you are coming to Huddersfield University in September and are excited about the social life I hope this post shows you there are plenty of options on that front and if you are a current student at Huddersfield let me and prospective student know you favourite nightclub and bar in the comments below.

Below is a video version of this post for those that prefer to watch than read.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on March 8, 2016 9:57 am

On Wednesday 24th February, RadioHud stayed on air for 24 hours in aid of the Forget Me Not Children’s charity. As well as being on air for 24 hours they had many different activities in the Students’ Union (SU) to help raise further money for the charity. The activities included challenges, a bake sale and the main event of the fundraiser was ‘Pie the Management.’

The event attracted many students throughout the day which helped RadioHud smash their target. As I mentioned above, there were many different activities for students to take part in throughout the day. The challenges included Man vs Crackers, Hula Hoop and Lego Fire Wall. All of these challenges had prizes which were won by the top scorer. There was also a bake sale and sweet shop. The main event of the fundraiser was the ‘Pie the Management’ which attracted the most interest by the students because who doesn’t love putting a plate of whipped cream in someone’s face?

The whole event was for such a great cause which is why it is fantastic that £434.01 was raised which is just shy of them doubling their target of £240. I would personally like to say a huge well done to the RadioHud team and a massive thanks to everyone who donated.

I went along to the event for a few hours and captured some highlights whilst I was there. Check out some of the activities that happened at the event in my vlog.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on March 7, 2016 11:01 am

Quite a lot of courses at Huddersfield University provide students with work placement opportunities. My course, Web Technologies, offers a year out in placement which I do hope to do.

As I’m only in my first year I still have two years until I go on placement but next year I will set the process of looking for companies that I can do my placement year with. The University provides us with lecture time in the second year which is all about placements. These are designed to help build our portfolios and find the right placement for us.

I believe that placements are beneficial as it provides you with industry experience which is much needed when applying for jobs. For five months while at college I went on placement one day a week at Space Creative in York. This experience allowed me to gain knowledge in that industry and what it’s like to work as a team on a project for a real client. This experience is extremely valuable as it shows that I am capable of working in that environment and completing tasks that meet the needs of a client. I also believe that my confidence improved as I was able to speak to all the team members and I didn’t feel intimidated to ask for help when I was unable to complete a task or unsure about something.

I do think that the University provides good opportunities for placements as they have a placement unit to help us find placements and lectures in the second year. Having a placement year on my course did influence my decision in choosing this course and the University of Huddersfield because I feel that gaining work experience in the industry will help me get a job after university.

If you have any questions about placement opportunities at Huddersfield University please feel free to get in touch via the comments below.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on 10:54 am

As I have mentioned in previous posts I never intended to come to University but applied to keep my options open. Although I’m not 100% sure on the specific job role I want to go into, I did know from starting college that it was in the IT industry and towards the end of my two year course , it was the web design industry I preferred. So when applying for universities I looked into courses relating to web design.

When looking for courses and universities I used Which University to look into courses that were related to web design. After finding several universities I went over to their websites to look into more detail about what each course entailed. After doing this, I applied to three Universities; Teesside, UCLAN and Huddersfield. After I had submitted my UCAS application, I decided that to help make my decision on which to put as my first choice, I would attend an Open Day for each University.

After reviewing the notes I had taken down on the open days and looking at the course content I made my decision on which university I wanted to go to. I choose Huddersfield because I liked the sound of the modules, the idea of a placement year and the facilities they provide. I also liked the location as a whole.

When choosing your course my tip would be to look at as many courses and universities to gather as much information as possible. I would also advise you attend open days and take notes while you are there. I wrote a blog post about why you should attend an open day a few months back. Read it here: http://blogs.hud.ac.uk/students/myuni/sophie-thomas/2015/12/15/attend-open-day/.

Have any questions about courses at Huddersfield University feel free to get in touch via the comments box below?

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on February 15, 2016 5:17 pm

Have you ever felt like you have not time? Or that you don’t have enough time to complete the tasks you need to? Maybe you’ve been given an assignment and the deadline is three weeks away and you don’t know how you are going to get everything done?

Well in today’s vlog, I’m going to be sharing a tip that has helped me and will help you in being more productive within a day.

– Sophie :)