Eleana is in the third year of her degree, studying Computer Science with a Year in Industry
Why did you choose Kent?
I am from Athens and first heard about Kent at a university fair; then I went to a presentation at the British Embassy. I didn’t want to be in London but loved the location of the campus with its safe surroundings, and loved the idea of the Year in Industry.
How is your course going?
It’s very good. We are covering such a variety of things – it’s not all about programming – we study marketing and economics too, for instance.
How did you enjoy your year in industry?
I worked at Motability Operations and very much enjoyed it. It was a change to work in the real world, and I think it helps you to see what you want in life. It was easy to adapt to the work and everyone was very supportive – help was always available but I ended up working on my own project.
What kind of career do you hope to follow when you graduate, and why?
I’m going back to Motability Operations. I got on very well with my manager there and asked if there was an opportunity to go back – and was offered a job. But I also like the idea of doing a Masters in a few years’ time.
What is the level of support like in your studies?
Very good. I needed more support in the first year and was always emailing lecturers, who replied quickly. Students in the second and third years helped too – and now I help first years.
What are the facilities like on campus?
When it comes to studying, you can always find somewhere quiet to work, that’s very good. And socially it’s excellent. The sports facilities are good too.
What is the accommodation on campus like?
I lived in Tyler Court for a year and found the facilities were very good. Living on campus, everything you need is on hand, and with Campus Watch, the onsite security department, you always feel safe.
Any advice for students coming to Kent?
Make the most if it! At first I missed my family, but there is so much going on here that soon it wasn’t a problem.