So after making it through a mountain of finals exams, it is finally time to relax and top up our vitamin D levels (sun!): my husband Sam and I are off to Uganda for our elective! We have just finished packing all of our mountain of medical equipment, clothes and sun-cream and are now ready and about to set off to the airport!
We have a couple of long flights ahead of us, and will land in Entebbe, Uganda at around lunchtime tomorrow (with a few time changes). Fortunately Sam has discovered that the new Star Wars film is on the plane, so we should be good.
I finished my exams. YAAAYYYY 😀
The last two was kind of ok, Thermo was a bit confusing sometimes and I couldn’t solve some bits in Process (that hydrogen recycle made me crazy…). But I survived, I am alive, and it’s done now!
The Process Analysis exam ended at 12:00 on Monday, and at 19:00 I was already at the airport heading back to Hungary to visit my old high school. (Kind of obsessed, I know…) But I can’t stay long, as I will start working next Thursday (more info later… 😀 ).
But for now, I am enjoying the holiday, complaining about the Hungarian weather and eating loads of ice-cream.
That’s doable, right?
Let’s see a quick update on exams:
1. Mastery. They said they will email us if we failed by the end of today. And they will not email us if we passed. It’s currently 19:03 and I haven’t got any email yet. Yet. Yet. Yet.
2. Properties of Matter. I actually studied quite a lot for this one, I did all the past papers and stuff. And I always had the exact same mistake in them. And of course there was a question on this topic in the exam. And of course I keep thinking about if I wrote the correct answer or not.
‘Well, my time is nearly done but I’ve had a good innings’, ‘I think I’ve had a good life’, ‘I’ve tried my best, do you think I’ve had a good life?’
Recently a conversation with an elderly patient got me thinking. She was quite old with lots of chronic medical conditions, and whilst chatting she turned to me and was very honest- ‘I haven’t got long left, but I’ve had a good life’.
It’s a conversation I’ve had before, but once again I was challenged. It’s a phrase we commonly use but what makes someone have a ‘good life’ or a ‘good innings’?
I am finished with exams!!! Well, for this year, at least. After 8 weeks of close to constant revision, I am happy to say that I think that my efforts were worthwhile, and I gave it my best. All that awaits me now is a long summer, and a hopefully fruitful results day.
Anyway, now it is time to have some fun! In a couple of weeks, we have a workshop induction, where we learn how to use the super cool (and kind of scary) equipment in the mechanical engineering workshops. The practical part of my course is probably one of my favourite parts, because at the end of the day, mechanical engineering is using science and maths to solve practical problems; it just gives the course a bit of perspective.
I recently published my first ever paper, here is its story
As you might have noticed, I haven’t updated my blog for quite a while. This is because of exam revision and some personal reasons. I will start posting after three weeks where my last exams will be finished! So please bear with me and be sure to expect loads of great info coming from Henry’s Blog soon! 😀
Well, first of all, they’re difficult. Especially if you had no “revision strategy” at all, and you have a tendency for procrastination. Like me. They’re also difficult, because this is Imperial. And you know, it’s the best uni in the world… So let me tell you a few things about exams…
1. You can get used to sleeping on the tube. That precious 30 mins can’t be wasted, so you need to use it the best you can: put on sunglasses, sit on the end seat and relax. Don’t forget to display your ID card (or at least some Imperial badges) so people don’t think you were partying yesterday…
Since we don’t have an entrepreneurship module on our course, our student committee was able to set up a workshop for us focused on entrepreneurship and analytics. Below are some of the key take aways from presentations by Mat Braddy and Paul Cook.
BUILDING CHALLANGER BRANDS
Mat Braddy founder Rock Pamper Scissors
“Be the first thing out of someone’s mouth.”
UNDERSTAND THE BRAIN
It’s better to build brands through emotional messages rather than rational messages (tell emotional stories).
-Pilot brain: rational messages –> short term action
-Autopilot: emotional brand message –> long term habit
BUILD A CHALLANGER BRAND
Having a personality makes you more memorable.
You can find the official stuff on horizons here, but I’ll try to give an idea of the experience behind it. Either way, I’d recommend the course, as it’s a nice non-course-related thing to do with your life.
Background: as part of the Year in Europe part of my degree, I have to study the appropriate level of the appropriate language (as well as a special language course which I’ve mentioned elsewhere). For me, this was level 4 German, since I had studied it up to A-level. The course outline, assessment details and learning objectives for this particular course: bam.