More about James
"Chemistry has always been a passion of mine. I've always wanted to know the composition of things around me, how they were made up, what made them react with each other. I chose to come to NTU because I'd heard about the undergraduate laboratory facilities here – second to none, with staff to match!
"My course covers such a broad spectrum of topics. I've completed technical modules in Analytical and Physical Chemistry, as well as more theoretical modules such as Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. There's something for everyone and a lot of the modules link in with one another.
"Another great thing about the course is that the tutors are so approachable. Whether it's arranging a meeting to discuss lectures or talking about a more personal matter, they're always friendly and understanding. The Employability team are also fantastic. You couldn't ask for a more helpful set of people! I've made use of their services this year when looking for a graduate job. They help with CVs, give advice for interviews and assessments, and they even have good links with very large companies if you're looking for a placement.
"I'd originally applied to other universities to study chemistry. But, when I visited NTU I immediately felt more at home. You have to be able to imagine yourself at the university you visit and know that you're going to get along there, and that's exactly what happened to me.
"Outside of my course I'm part of the Music Society and play in the University Concert Band. I think it's really important to join clubs and societies. Not only are they are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people, but they're also an important stress release.
"I'd say that 99% of what I do at university is transferable to any job or career. A degree in a 'hard' science like Chemistry gives you a wealth of opportunities. Problem solving, analytical thinking, decision making, mental agility – these are all things that you learn when you do a chemistry degree, without even realising."