Suzanne Birnie is currently studying Mechanical Engineering part-time at GCU while working for Doosan Babcock as a CAD Technologist, she was IMechE Young Apprentice of the Year in 2014.
Why did you choose to study at GCU?
I originally chose this programme at as it offered me the best suited course and flexibility for my chosen career path. GCU has allowed me to further my education in a way that suits my needs in order for me to get the most out of my experience at the university.
What are you enjoying most about life at the university?
The university itself is great for having all resources and facilities so close to one another. Each class may be in a different building but there is never an issue with walking between buildings as they are all joined through the Saltire centre. It is great to have the choice of staying within the university community or walking the short walk down to the city centre.
What are/did you enjoying most about your programme?
The programme that I am on is fairly intense but I find that exciting as it offers daily challenges. I would say the programme has forced me to mature my organisational skills in order to ensure that all of my classes and coursework are being met on time and that nothing has been left to the last minute.
What is your best experience so far?
My best experience at GCU would have to be the vast amount of people I have met and the quality of education I am receiving is second to none. I am also gaining experience in managing myself and my priorities.
What advice do you have for people considering applying to GCU?
My best advice for future students would probably be to never leave anything to the last minute. Its quite important that all course works and exam preps are done as soon as possible as time can escape you quickly when studying at university.
What single word sums up your GCU experience so far?
What do you plan to do after you complete your degree, what are your career aspirations?
To take my education as far as I can and to continue on a path that is as successful as the one I have started. I hope to further my career as a mechanical engineer and perhaps specialise in areas which will become more clear after I have graduated.