Mikey Vrieling van Tuijl - Head Boy 2018 -2019

Firstly, I cannot begin to express how much my life has changed since I moved to university! Longridge is a lovely safe and supportive environment in which you can mature into a young adult ready for the wider world. Although leaving Longridge was emotional, it is amazing to be in a city surrounded by so many new people with completely different backgrounds, cultures and life experiences.
I’m now studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath. I chose the subject as it combines the subjects I loved at school while also allowing me to be creative and design products that improve the quality of people’s lives. I’m naturally a curious person and there are so many other fields that I find interesting. The beauty of engineering is that the problem-solving skills you acquire can be applied to anything you’d like after your degree.
Fresher’s week was crazy! I went to every single arena night and befriended a ridiculous number of people. We had great artists and bands play such as The Chip Shop Boys and Scouting for Girls. Lewis Capaldi even shared us on his story! Some of the most enjoyable events were pizza and board games, sport and society tasters, and film nights.
My first semester modules started by recapping A Level knowledged but soon progressed onto completely new concepts. I’ve found practical engineering to be the most fun part of my course. I had to make a short video about how engineering can help to reduce global warming, build a bridge and test it to destruction, shape a foam car to be as aerodynamic as possible, produce technical drawings and create a set of models using Computer-Aided Design (CAD).
There are so many societies and sports to do! I did a sailing taster, play badminton every week and even went gliding for the first time in my life. There's definitely a thrill when you flung into the sky by a cable; zero to sixty in under three seconds! I’m in one of the junior rocket teams, in which we get to design, build and fly our own model rocket. I’m even doing an extra German language course. My goal this year is to join a society which is out of my comfort zone.
Bath as a city is beautiful! Having lived on Holy Island my entire life, Bath isn’t too big and has plenty of nature surrounding both the city and campus. There are hundreds of shops and enough nightlife to keep busy, however, there are also plenty of trips to Bristol and elsewhere. The only downside of Bath so far is that it takes me six hours to travel home by train.
I have to be honest and say that there have been struggles too. It is important to remember that just like at school, we all go through ups and downs in life. The staff team at Bath has been amazing at supporting me and if you do go to university you will be well looked after. Overall, the entire experience has been incredible, and I would recommend it to anyone considering university.

Mikey Vrieling van Tuijl

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
TD15 2XQ United Kingdom
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