My three years at university are up! It’s time to have a look back on the years and see what I’ve learnt and reminisce on both the good times and the bad. It’s a time for me to immortalise my love for my friends in one giant blog post of epic proportions. (You should listen to this whilst reading…)
Lets start with first year: Perhaps my least favorite year of my university life! I met some awesome friends that year and learnt that even if you get on well with someone you might not necessarily be able to live with them! I first really got into anime this year and I had no idea how deep i’d be into the university’s anime society by the end of my time at university. This was the year I also decided to swap courses from Games Production to Games Computing – one of the best decisions of my life and I shall always thank Oliver Szymanezyk for giving me that last little push to do it! I didn’t particularly enjoy the drama that occurred in my first year – it left me very stressed out and upset, but I got over it!
My second year was… quite eventful. Having secured my place on the JAMS council as the media and comms officer I was very busy making newsletters and posters – I also developed an unhealthy love of banners and all their beguiling ways. Second year was also the year I went to Eurogamer Expo… where after having a chat with a girl at one of the booths I ended up in contact with Andy Goff… who has played a major role in my life ever since! I realised that I loved to teach people and I really wanted to encourage others to start making games, which lead onto several events I ran in my third year and a games computing club at my old school. I had a rough time that year in my council role because of occasional stressy drama, but I learnt a great deal about running a society – which pushed me to run for President. My 21st birthday occurred that year too, where we celebrated with my first cigar and plenty of fine wines!
The third and final year of my university life was where I think I met some of the best people I know. It was the year I made things official with my current girlfriend after an age of being on-and-off again. My presidency at the anime society was practically dream-like, my whole council did their jobs wonderfully and we didn’t often have any real problems to deal with – we kept the focus on member fun and it paid off in a big way. I set up several game jams this year to encourage the new first years to make games and I’ve met some amazing games designers this year – specifically Alex Saye: who is one of the most talented programmers I know. I also founded my first games company, “Top Notch Studios LTD” of which I am now the managing director! Finally all my hard work paid off and I am about 90% sure that I’ll be coming out with a first overall for my three years here at university – which is sweet!
Last weekend I went to the MCM expo with my anime society – it was my last official role as president. It was an alright day for the most part although I did get lost in the morning and couldn’t find any friends until we were about to go… that put a dampener on things. I was expecting to get back on the bus and fall asleep – but nothing could have prepared me for what happened next: the majority of my members had chipped in to buy me presents and then I was given a book filled with goodbye messages from everyone… it was one of the happiest moments of my life so far (I was crying tears of joy for a good one and a half hours).
It’s truly breaking my heart to leave every friend I’ve met at university, but I know that I’ll see you all again and I’ll do my best to keep in contact with you. I will miss Tuesday sessions at JAMS and Wednesday nights at LGS, I’ll think fondly back on all those nights wasted doing very little in The Shed. I’ll perhaps even shed a few more tears if I look back on those pages in that book I was given.