Digital Media graduate, Rachele Cavina, talks about her enjoyment of the course and her aspirations for the future
I am originally Italian and play volleyball at Edinburgh Napier
I am originally Italian, and I moved to Scotland almost 5 years ago. I have always played volleyball, which I have continued with Napier, and I am very interested in any form of art.
Edinburgh Napier seemed to have a much more complete programme and offered practical learning
When I decided to move to Scotland to study, I started looking at many different options and universities, however, Edinburgh Napier seemed to have a much more complete programme for the subject area I wanted to study, which also was very practical rather than theoretical.
My biggest passion is working towards change for good
My biggest passion is working towards “change for good”. I find myself putting in a lot of effort and interest in projects that aim at changing a reality into a better one.
For example, my honours project was focused on how DNA heritage science can be used for a humanitarian purpose to challenge the idea of race and identity, giving a fresh look to how humans developed throughout time and how us people are all the same.
I am motivated by making connections, meeting new people and having fun
Making connections, meeting new people, having fun, and broadening my personal professional experience. Last year I was the School of Computing Women in STEM ambassador, and even though my degree was more focused on design and the creative aspect of computing, I loved working with other women in technology. At the moment I am working at Forecast, where the biggest teams work on Data Analytics and Financial Modelling and I find it really motivating to work within a cross disciplinary team. It allows to boost my knowledge and confidence when having conversations with professionals and also expands my open mindedness.
I see myself as a world changer, because, for example, I am currently working with some other Napier students on a start-up project called CityZen. We are in the process of designing and developing an app to improve citizens engagement within the city. This project is extremely motivating as being an Edinburgh citizen I really believe in the potential of this place and this is a great opportunity to improve Edinburgh’s quality and ethical lifestyle. I see this project growing in the long run; however, we are a team of students with other commitments, especially our studies, but the team is full of great minds and very motivated people so I believe this project has great potential.
I am particularly proud to have won the first prize at the BSC Women Lovelace colloquium
I am particularly proud to have won the first prize at the BSC Women Lovelace colloquium last March. The colloquium takes place every year in the UK and it is a competition that awards the best tech projects realised by women in computing at any university level. Winning this award to me meant a lot as all the efforts I had put into my projects brought an amazing result and I was extremely overwhelmed by the quantity of positive feedback. I have participated with my Honours Project which featured an augmented reality visualisation of DNA heritage with the aim of changing the perception of race and identity. This project was very important to me as I have always wondered where we come from, how did we get here, how have humans changed, through this project I was amazed about human evolution and the research I did really opened my eyes to fully understand equality.
A challenge of mine was learning to manage my workload alongside other commitments
I have faced many challenges, like all students a lot of workload that I didn’t know how to manage together with other commitments like sports and work. I have tried to get better at self-management, and eventually, year after year I have succeeded and found the best methodologies for me.
Living away from home I also miss my family and feel homesick, but there are so many ways to see your family and friends and I always tried to spend time at home during term breaks.
The main lesson I have learnt is to always say yes to new opportunities
The main lesson I have learnt is to always say yes to new opportunities, try and learn as many new things as possible, but also leave time to have fun and make the friends of a lifetime.
My dream is to work in a big film animation production company
My dream is to work in a big film animation production company as a creative director, but perhaps I will find other interests along the way and change my aspirations.
Living in Edinburgh as a student was an amazing experience
Living in Edinburgh as a student was an amazing experience, the city is big but not overwhelming. And the best thing is that there is always something happening, you will never get bored!
The course opened my eyes to many experiences and the lecturers are great
The course opened my eyes to many more experiences than what I was expecting. The lecturers are great, they follow you and help you whenever you need, their office door is always open to students.
I have started my first real job as a digital content creator
I have recently started my first real job in Edinburgh at Forecast where I work as a digital content creator. The job is great and the team I am working with has been extremely welcoming and nice.
In September I will start a master programme at The University of Edinburgh for the MA Design for Change and at the same time I will also keep working part-time for Forecast.