Student blog: Leanda reflects on studying at CAT

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Module 3 – Hydro electricity

I didn’t choose to attend Module 3 on hydro electricity, and as a result I feel like the pressure is off a little, as I have about 7 weeks between modules. The course I’m doing – an MSc in Renewable Energy – runs for 12 months, and during that time we choose eight modules to attend. Some of the modules I’ve been drawn to due to my background in architecture; I’ll choose the to study the topics that inspire me the most. Recently I’ve been reading about renewable energy, and would like to learn more about it.

This year has been a big change for me, though my family have been very supportive and I owe them big time. My appreciation of the value of money has re-adjusted, which isn’t a bad thing at all, especially during the very commercial Christmas season.

Between modules, studying away from my peers can be isolating. But I’ve been keeping in touch with others via Skype, and the active Facebook group where someone is always posting either a good environmental event to attend or a pressing query that causes a flurry of feedback from others! Being part of the online community is great – it’s nice having the support of other students and our tutors.

I got my essay marking sheet back and am very pleased with it as it is the first essay I have written in 14 years. However, there’s still plenty to learn! I’m currently finishing off the very first report that I have ever written and will welcome the feedback that I receive for this also.

I’m now currently looking forward to learning all about Biomass on the next module I am attending.