What are you doing now?
I currently work in London as a User Experience Consultant and Web Developer for Bunnyfoot, a digital agency specialising in human-centred design. I will work there for another few months as part of a secondment from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the company I worked for in the last two years. In my free time I coach CrossFit and I enjoy researching and exploring human movement, which is a great way to balance out the many hours of sitting in front of a screen plus it allows you to get a fresh perspective on things.
At the beginning of 2015 I also started to develop WarmApp – a sports & fitness web app that helps coaches and athletes plan their warm-ups for their training. After a few months of development and material production, the app went live in July. In November it was announced as a finalist of the UXUK Awards 2015 in the category “Best Information Experience” alongside easyJet and TalkTalk.
What is your favourite memory from your time studying Computer Science in St Andrews?
I have many great memories from my time at St Andrews, all of them contributing to an unforgettable experience. What I loved most was the inspiration the place gives you, whether it’s in the classroom, while studying in the library overlooking the North Sea, meeting people from all over the world, or sitting on the pier and breathing in 600 years of tradition. I feel very blessed that I had the chance to live and study in this lovely town for a year. The academic as well as non-academic staff are doing an excellent job of providing the best experience possible and I want to give a huge “thank you” to them.
What was your favourite module, and why?
I very much enjoyed all modules of my curriculum, but I especially liked Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, as well as Marketing & Society on the management side. All modules were well organised and taught by experienced and knowledgeable lecturers. My favourite aspect of the teaching side was the personal contact with our professors who were always open for discussions and new ideas, which is very unique.
What advice would you give to current students?
Firstly, do what you love and don’t wish the time away. Instead of saying to yourself “I wish I was done with my degree already and could move on”, find opportunities, make friends, study, invent, party, read, write, relax, and travel – make every day count and enjoy the journey.
Secondly, find the one thing you really enjoy doing and you are good at. If you do, work won’t quite feel like work anymore and instead of just eyeballing promotions and rewards, you will start building something bigger. A quote I like to live by is:
“Happiness is a state of mind, a choice, a way of living; it is not something to be achieved, it is something to be experienced.” – Steve Maraboli
Alumni Profile added: Nov 2015