When Term 1 is finally over
Today is the last day of term and I cannot emphasise enough how relieved I feel. I love campus life don’t get me wrong, but after a busy term with lectures, I honestly need a break. I also had an assignment to submit this morning and for the past week this assignment has taken up my entire time. I’m just glad that I was able to submit it on time.
This term went relatively quick – the first five weeks were relatively intense for me in terms of timetabling. I had many lectures that time and the weeks after followed having a lot more gaps and allowing time to get on with some studying.
Weeks 6 – 10 was when I was able to start my optional modules for the first time. This was very exciting as I was very much looking forward to these aspects of the course. Bio-Inorganic was one of these options, and I greatly enjoyed the lectures that were given within this module. It linked quite a lot of inorganic chemistry that I learnt in Years 1 and 2 and developed further on the biological aspects of chemistry as well as coordination chemistry in general. Next term I get to finally learn a little about the lanthanides (f block elements) and this is something I am very intrigued about in genuine.
Pharmacology was another optional module I chose and this choice didn’t come with any regrets at all. We had guest lecturers who gave us very interesting talks on a variety of topics ranging from immunology to cancer and some others. I greatly enjoyed these as they often went into a lot of depth and I was able to learn from the presenters what a research career would entail.
I also took up a new part time job during this term, where the job is actually only for 2 months in total, however the skills and experience I have gained from this have helped me enormously. I became the Placement Officer Assistant for the Chemistry department, which has meant that I have worked very closely with the Placement Officer of the department. This has helped me to learn what working within a university environment is like. I have recently started to consider an academic teaching career combined with research, although the aspects of how competitive this is does terrify me a little. I have always liked tutoring and this is something I greatly enjoyed last year and I have always loved the idea of doing my own research as well.
As I am already on the topic of research, another amazing opportunity I have been able to secure for next summer is a research project within computational chemistry. This is something I am greatly enthusiastic about and over the next couple of months I’ll be busy with the applications and preparation side of this. Once I have made my application and received a decision, I will let you guys know how this has turned out and what the experience has been like.
This is all I have to share for now. My life doesn’t usually get much more interesting.
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