Time To Say Goodbye!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

I want to thank everyone who has been a part of my university journey – you’ve made it great!

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