Astha has just completed her first year of the MEng in Computer Science and Software Engineering.
She has chosen the five year option, which includes a year in industry.
Astha is from Belfast in Northern Ireland. In her first year at York, she lived in Goodricke College.
My week starts off with a practical in digital architecture circuits and systems. I am currently building a logic probe, which is an interesting task and extremely rewarding.
Later in the morning, I have lectures in programming and computer architectures. Coming from a non-technical background, these lectures are crucial in helping me to learn the fundamentals of computer science. My academic day finishes with a maths practical, where I can practise the principles of discrete mathematics.
Afterwards, I attend a weekly meeting as the volunteering representative for Goodricke College. We are currently involved in planning the Freshers’ Week for next year’s first years.
First thing this morning, I have a practical for the Introduction to Computer Architecture module. Currently, we are learning assembly language programming for the Picoblaze processor.
I then have a three hour gap, which I normally fill with notemaking, programming or homework. In the afternoon, I have three hour-long lectures, and my day finally ends at 5.30pm.
After dinner, I go to my regular salsa dancing class. I get back from dancing at around 8pm, read the notes and lecture slides I have from the day’s lectures, and then I have time to relax.
This is the best weekday for most students, as we have very few lectures. I have an hour long Maths lecture first thing this morning, and then I have the rest of the day off.
I take this opportunity to do household chores, and to complete any assignments. Normally I work till about 6pm.
In the evening, I relax with my friends. As a member of the tennis society, I often go out for the Sports Social Night Out every Wednesday. This is a great opportunity to get together with many students that are involved in the sports societies.
I have a relatively relaxed day, with an algorithms lecture starting at 9.30am. This module has been excellent in setting a strong base to my understanding of software.
In the afternoon, I attend a talk on employability. As I am on a course with a year in industry, these talks are very useful in helping me to improve my portfolio and increase my chances of gaining a good placement.
In the morning, I work on my open assessment for the Digital Analogue Circuits module. For this, I have to attend a series of lab sessions and complete a lab book. Afterwards, I head back to my flat to make lunch.
In the afternoon, I have a programming practical, where I practise the skills learnt in the programming lectures. I find these sessions extremely useful as programming is relatively new to me.
I have a keen interest in participating in stage shows, and this has led me to take part in the Fusion dance and modelling show. As this requires a lot of practice, I often have rehearsals at the weekend.
I also take some time to go to the department's software labs to complete any work for the next week and to catch up on extra reading.
On Sundays, I have more rehearsals for Fusion. After this, I like to relax and perhaps go shopping for weekly food essentials.
Sometimes, I try to have an early night in order to have a fresh start on Monday but, on other Sundays, I may go out to Revolution Night Club – my favourite night out of the week!