Riley Martin achieved First Class Honours in Computing BSc (Hons)
“I never thought I would get a First but now, I suppose, it’s true that anything is possible once you set your mind to it,” said the 22-year-old. “When it came to choosing a university, it took me a long while. However, when I found Worcester I just fell in love. I fell in love with the city, with the campuses, and when I found out that the course was almost all coursework and not exam, I was incredibly happy and wanted to come here.”
Riley said that studying during the pandemic was difficult but praised the support from the University.
“It was certainly a different experience,” Riley said. “The extensions, I won’t lie, were a god send. Being able to have a bit more time to work on my assignments helped massively, but the support received from my tutors were great. Especially Richard Wilkinson and Colin Price - without their help I may have crumbled.”
Riley is now studying for a Master’s in Creative Media.
“I kept myself active during university,” Riley added. “From working a part time job, throughout the three years, to being active in multiple university societies, I didn’t really stop. Honestly, my big thing I would like to say to other students is this: Don’t let things stop you. I had a big crash in my second year. I had issues with friends, assignments were getting left behind at times, my job was getting a lot during that time, and to be honest I was considering dropping out. But I was able to refocus and turn all of that around come third year. The friends I thought I had lost, I reconnected with. My job got less intense, and my assignments became my focus. With that turn of mindset, I was able to turn a failing degree, into a First. So, anything really is possible if you set your mind to it.”
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