Maddy Nichols

I was lucky enough to be able to study abroad in California for my third year. It was an amazing experience in so many ways; I got an insight into education in another country, American social norms and to travel to so many new and exciting places.

Choosing Manchester

Originally I was interested in Maths but on looking into it I discovered the fundamental context of maths was physics. Physics is incredible and mind-blowing; it's so satisfying hearing (and maybe understanding) how the world around you works. Manchester is an esteemed institution but when I visited the university for interview I fell in love with it and could see myself living and learning here successfully. I was right!

The university buildings, particularly Whitworth Hall, are very impressive and feel like a "university". I loved how it wasn't a campus university, and I also loved the proximity to the city centre. There are so many students in the area that there's a huge variety of easily accessible different events, and plenty of opportunities to try new things.

About the course

I enjoy the social life of the department and the different people you meet everyday. Lab work is also a lot of fun. I was lucky enough to be able to study abroad in California for my third year. I would encourage all first years even slightly interested to work really hard as you need high grades to go! It was an amazing experience in so many ways; I got an insight into education in another country, experienced American social norms and travelled to so many new and exciting places. It's hard to sum up how amazing your time away is without sounding ridiculous, but studying abroad was the time of my life and now I'm back, I am so jealous of everyone heading away to start their own years abroad.

Student life

I am now captain of the physics netball team and enjoy other sporting activities that the university offers. I have definitely developed my organizational skills, as I juggle these commitments alongside the demands of the course. Extra curricular activities make your life much healthier, through developing social skills and keeping active. I would say that Physics has also lead me to be more logical in my everyday routine.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

Manchester Physics is award winning; it's exciting to be at the hub of all the interesting and exciting developments. Had I not come to Manchester, I also would not have made it to UC Santa Cruz. The opportunities you are presented with here are incredible. Come to Manchester and take advantage.

Have an underlying, true, huge interest in physics. It's a hard course; you need to enjoy it enough to see it through. Studying physics is a love/hate relationship, but where there's a struggle you get the most satisfaction when you come through. Visit the universities you are applying to and go with what feels right. Trust your gut instinct. Come and join us in purple!

 

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