Student Profile – Clea Dronne (Physics)
Student experience 3rd September 2020
Clea’s just completed her first year in Physics – she tells us about moving from France and her work in the Women in Science and Engineering Society.
Choosing to study Physics was an easy decision for me, however I hesitated for a long time whether to come study at University in the UK or to stay in France, my home country. My decision was greatly influenced by the Offer Holder Day I attended at the University of Manchester. I loved the campus, as well as the modern infrastructures of the Schuster Building, home of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I ended up choosing to come to the UK, and I am now about to start the Second Year of my MPhys Physics degree.
Solving problems with physics
Before coming to University, I had never done programming. It is however a key aspect of a Physics degree, and I discovered that I really enjoyed it. Every line of code is a challenge to write, but the problem-solving skills it equips you with are extremely useful, both for your degree and for the rest of our life.
Another aspect of my degree I enjoy very much is labs. I do not think I have complained that much about any other of my modules due to the long hours of work it requires, but it is truly fascinating. In my First Year, I have experimentally determined the constant of gravitation Big G, the Rydberg constant and the Quality Factor of an oscillator.
Alongside my degree, I am part of the Women in Science and Engineering Society, of which I was recently became its Chair. At WISE, we aim to give a place for women who study degrees where they are largely underrepresented, a place to meet and share their experiences. We run socials, networking events and talks, to empower these young women with all the skills they will need to excel in life.
I am still not quite sure what I will do when I finish my degree, there are so many areas of Physics that interest me. I don’t know if I will carry on to do a PhD or stop after my MPhys, but I still have a few years to decide.