LAST YEAR I

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de­cided Chem­i­cal and Ma­te­ri­als was my favourite spe­cial­i­sa­tion due to its roots in chem­istry, math, sus­tain­abil­ity and prob­lem solv­ing. Thank­fully my GPA se­cured my spot in this spe­cial­i­sa­tion early on, al­low­ing me to en­joy my four-month break. Chem­i­cal and ma­te­rial en­gi­neer­ing is es­sen­tially study­ing t he process of how some­thing is chem­i­cally or phys­i­cally al­tered in or­der to pro­duce a use­ful item, e.g. milk pow­der pro­cess­ing and en­ergy pro­duc­tion/ pro­cess­ing. This spe­cial­i­sa­tion also fo­cuses strongly on t he en­vi­ron­ment and how these pro­cesses can be made more sus­tain­able, which I am very in­ter­ested in af­ter do­ing a sus­tain­abil­ity pa­per dur­ing part one. I am hop­ing that the pa­pers this year help me de­cide which side of my de­gree I en­joy bet­ter (Chem­i­cal vs Ma­te­rial) as later on we can fo­cus our spe­cial­i­sa­tion through our elec­tives. These pa­pers in­clude In­tro­duc­tion to Process En­gi­neer­ing, Ap­plied Chem­istry, Ma­te­ri­als and Math Mod­el­ling in se­mes­ter one. Along with these cour­ses we must com­plete a Work­shop prac­tice course in or­der to be ac­cepted into part three. This in­volves either a four-day course in one of our breaks or a night course once a week for eight weeks. This is dif­fer­ent to t he 800 re­quired hours of prac­ti­cal work and is made com­pul­sory to pre­pare us for these hours. I am do­ing my work­shop prac­tice very shortly and am in­ter­ested to see what we will cover and ifI pos­sess any of t he skills needed to weld or use ma­chin­ery. Over­all, my ex­pec­ta­tions going into this year are high as I get to start learn­ing t he spe­cific skills which will help me suc­ceed in what I want to do.

Claire Parker.

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