The end – by JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim
I cannot believe where firstly the last 7 months of my final year have gone, but more alarmingly the last 5 years, since I gained the title of Harper Adams fresher! I can distinctly remember driving through the pouring rain to a campus open day in October 2013 after being hounded by a Harper Adams placement student at home to go and have a look – my word was it worth the M6 gridlock and the early morning start!
Anyone reading this with friends or family considering applying for Harper Adams in the future, I can honestly not recommend it higher. The facilities, the level of teaching and the all-round student experience are unrivalled, and for anyone coming from a farming background, it is like a home-from-home being situated away in the countryside. Personal highlights in my time at Harper have been of course the incredible end of term balls that the SU put on but also representing the university football team. The real USP of Harper Adams University is the compulsory work placement year, which is invaluable in giving us students a year of work experience in the industry field that we hope to enter upon graduation, and I have seen that having that placement year on your CV opens many doors that may not have opened quite so readily if your CV reads school-college-university.
Although the title of this final blog is ‘The End’, it’s not quite the end as I have just finished printing my dissertation; apart from overheating slightly, the printer coped fine and both copies of the project are safely stashed away in the infamous brown envelope ready for submission next week! An advantage of having some friends who graduated from Harper Adams in recent years is that I have some handy inside knowledge on the mania that descends on the Harper Adams library in dissertation hand-in week, with harrowing stories of printer meltdowns and gridlock queues across campus! Thus, I stockpiled the paper and ink cartridges and set in for the long haul. When you start out with the dissertation and the word limit is 10,000 words you begin with plenty of waffle to try and make sure you are somewhere near the word count but as you get further in, 10,000 words is quite craftily a very tough target to keep to! Who would have thought that you could write 10,000 words on stripper headers, eh? Additionally, here’s a fun fact for any upcoming pub quiz, how many words have I written across all assignments and the dissertation to complete my degree? Incorrect – in a bid to ward off re-reading my dissertation I decided to count how many and it came to just over 90,000, and I would imagine I have used enough ink in exams to get a whole body tattoo of my dissertation!
I guess I will sign off this ‘Who do you think you are?’ style blog with thanking everyone at the university for all their help and support; I think it’s fair to say there have been plenty of ups and downs since September 2014 but the service given has been exceptional. Thanks to Julie (who I’m sure doesn’t remember me or have any idea that she’s getting a shout-out in this blog) for cleaning Darby LHS bottom floor flat in my first year and thanks to our adopted cat in second year Edmund (who was feral and who I imagine is no longer with us) for keeping the mice down in our jungle of a back garden.
Go well all!