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Jay Hoggett

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Design and Production

Bsc Computer Games Design & Production student Jay HoggettWhy did you choose Northumbria University?

The course I applied for looked more diverse and interesting than any other similar course I found.

What do you think of Newcastle and our region and what are your favourite things to do?

After two weeks of living in Newcastle, I fell in love with the North East and realised this is where I'd like to start my own family. One of my favourite things to do is to just go for an aimless wander around town. There are so many beautiful parks, pubs, cafes and shops dotted around the place, I'm always finding somewhere new.

What has surprised you most about living in Newcastle and this region? What has impressed you most?

Honestly? How many Greggs' there are in town surprises me. And why are they so close to one another?! The most impressive thing though is the friendliness of everyone. Newcastle is a city I feel genuinely safe in.

Did you find Northumbria University welcoming?

Northumbria University is absolutely amazing. After the initial anxiety of the first few weeks, I fitted right in with people from my course and from societies I joined. Again, everyone is so friendly, both students and staff.

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

Northumbria Students' Union. I've been doing bits and bobs with them for two years now and they are what makes Northumbria great. From outstanding societies, to volunteering and leadership opportunities that add to your CV, they have been a fantastic part of my university life.

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

The wonderful people in Student Support and Wellbeing have been the most helpful to me during my time at Northumbria. Their workshops, counselling sessions and advice have been fantastic. They've listened to me and supported me through some difficult times, and I couldn't have gotten where I am today without them.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

The previous Vice President Welfare for Northumbria Students' Union, Jamie Thompson. He's the first person I met in the LGBT society, and he's been one of my best friends, my mentor and an inspiration ever since.

What is your favourite place on campus?

The quad, just outside City Campus Library. Especially on a sunny day it's a fantastic place to just chill and have a laugh with some mates.

Have you joined any sports teams, clubs or been involved in any volunteer projects? 

I've been an active member of the LGBT Society throughout my time at Northumbria, who are an amazing bunch of people. Also, through the Students' Union, I have been part of the Welcome Week team, RAG Week, Volunteer Northumbria, student council and have attended three NUS Conferences.

What is the best thing about your course?

The variety in the modules. It's the only games design course which not only equips you with the skills you need to excel in the industry, but also wider skills to give you an edge over anyone else and make you more employable.

What are the most valuable lessons you have learnt to date?

Managing yourself is the most valuable thing you can learn when at uni. The work can get challenging from time to time, but if you set off from the start with a mindset of prioritising activities and staying on top of personal, social and academic demands, then you'll glide through your time at Northumbria with ease.

What do you want to do in the future? What skills have you learned/improved that you think will be of most use in your future career?

Pffft... I haven't the foggiest idea as to what I want to do in the future. All I know is that thanks to my degree and the experiences I've picked up through the Students' Union, I will have an edge over anybody else in whatever field I choose to go into.

Have you taken up any opportunities to travel with your current course or undertake field trips?

Although not a part of my course, I was lucky enough to go on a free day trip organised by my faculty to visit local tech companies. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet potential employers, get to know the ins and outs of the industry, and just to learn more about what local businesses are working on.

If you could offer some advice to students thinking of coming to study here what would you say?

Don't be afraid to speak up. Email your tutors. Ask them questions. Engage with them over things you find interesting. University isn't like high school at all where a teacher gives a set education. It's a lot more fluid. There's always room for focusing on things you find enjoyable and that benefit you the most. Start a conversation and see where you end up with it.

How do you feel you have changed as a person since being at Northumbria University?

Since I came to Northumbria, I have completely changed as a person. I used to be a quiet and shy person, but Northumbria has helped me find my voice. I used to be terrified by any sort of presentation or public speaking, and now I represent and speak up for Northumbrian students on a national level, as well as having helped implement campaigns and lead volunteering opportunities.

If you had three words to sum up your time with us what would they be?

Mind Blowingly Awesome.

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

Yes. A million times yes.

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Twitter: @JayHoggett

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