Joylyn Cherotich, international student

I have always wanted to be a Structural Engineer and I have always been fascinated by the world-leading structures. 

This has given me the drive and passion to pursue a course in civil and structural engineering. 
After I had completed my undergraduate degree in Kenya, I wanted to pursue a postgraduate programme which would give me the confidence to practice in the field. I had a chance to visit the University of Plymouth and immediately knew that this was the place that would mould me into the engineer I have always wanted to be. 
The availability of resources, the structure of the course and the friendly nature of the lectures at Plymouth all really appealed to me. I found the lecturers supportive, I could ask them any questions, and they were never hesitant to help.
I also received great support from both the International Student Advisor for East Africa and the Student Hub.

One of the things I love about Plymouth is its location. 

Nothing is as calming as having a walk by the ocean. The sound of the waves and the cool breeze is so therapeutic. 
In addition to that, everything else is strategically placed: the shopping malls, train station, coach station and the rest. Plymouth is also less populated than Nairobi in Kenya.

My favourite module was Advanced Structural Design and I also really enjoyed Research Methods as it improved my writing and research skills immensely. 

I’m focusing my research project and dissertation on structural engineering and researching the use of recycled aggregates in the marine environment. 
As the whole world is geared towards zero carbon, so is the structural world. Use of recycled aggregates reduces landfills disposal and over consumption of the virgin natural aggregate. 
When I finish my MSc, I am planning on doing a two-year graduate scheme programme to gain some field experience before returning to Kenya. My end goal is to set up my own consultancy firm there. 

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