For me this is a perfect degree because you're not only creating advances in technology but you're also helping people as well
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When I was looking for a degree to choose I was torn between engineering and medicine because in secondary school I was really interested in the engineering related subjects that I did and I was fascinated by the human anatomy but I was torn between either going for medicine or going for engineering. I did a bit of research to find out what would be the best option for me and I found out about bioengineering and how it incorporates both engineering and medicine which was ideally what I wanted to do in the first place. With my research I also found that this was adegree that was making strides and innovations in the medical field andengineering field as well. For example this year (2016) a group of scientists have discovered a bio-ink that could potentially 3D print tissues that can be implanted into human beings. For me this is a perfect degree because you’re not only creating advances in technology but you’re also helping people as well and and that's why I chose bioengineering.
The reason why I chose Sheffield was because I was looking for a university that not only had world class facilities and professors but also provided opportunities to explore personal interests. For example I’m the Outreach Officer for the Women in Engineering society and I am also part of the International Students Committee and we organize several events each year which promotes and gives everyone a feeling of the different cultures that are within the university.
Most people believe that being an engineering student you have to be some kind of genius: that you have to be good at maths, good at physics or just be good at everything you do to be an engineering student. But for me, being an engineering student just means that you have to be creative in the ways that you solve problems and be able to create innovative solutions to problems we see around us. This could either be designing a new filter for Snapchat, if that’s what you want to do, or designing warcraft for the army. It’s the fact that knowing you can apply the knowledge you have gained from university to everyday life and knowing that engineering is what you see around you from your cars to your fridge to your television, just knowing that there's an aspect of engineering that went into it is the best feeling you can get - knowing that you would be able to usethe knowledge you’ve gained to impact society in some kind of way.
We interviewed Anne-Marie in 2017.