I am so grateful for all the amazing opportunities that Imperial gives you here. One of the best to date has been the intercalated BSc project. In 4th year we take a year out of medicine to do a BSc, and delve into a topic in depth. I have been doing Global Health, and finished my 3x 3hour exams in the last week of Feb. From March-May we now have time to complete out “dissertation” for our BSc, and my project is working with flight surgeons (space doctors) in Cologne at the European Astronaut Centre.
I am so grateful Imperial have supported me in my move out, and honestly my first week has been incredible. I have been quite homesick but I have loved every day here so far. What a dream come true. There is even another Imperial student from engineering department here.
The doctors and scientists here are really knowledgeable. There are about 120 people in the European Astronaut Centre, and 20 or so are interns. The people that work here looking after the health of astronauts and the future of space travel are just amazing to learn off, and you never go an hour or so without a really interesting conversation. Everyone here is from such a diverse array of backgrounds too- which is awesome. I have said it in a previous post but please do consider taking an intercalated degree and if you can try and organise your own project in something you love.
People are working on all types of things here; looking at growing plants in lunar soil, exercising in zero gravity, habitats for space… and my project is on looking at changes in glucose tolerance in astronauts.
Studying Medicine at Imperial can take you down some really cool paths…