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.
Let’s start from the beginning. So, we had our first exam on Friday, then the Imperial Festival happened on the weekend, and in between there was a BBQ party in Woodward as well. I could say it was a busy weekend, but that would be quite an understatement…
First exam: Mastery. This was an afternoon exam, so I woke up at 8:30 and then didn’t do anything in the morning so that I have all my brain capacity available for the exam. It started at 14:00 so I decided to leave from Woodward at 11:30 – just in case anything happens.
This week my ‘Challenge of the Week’ is slightly more light-hearted than previous, but just as important: Fitness.
If you’ve ever seen Charing Cross Hospital you will know that it’s a very tall building- 15 floors to be precise. If you’ve ever visited you will also know that the lifts are quite slow and busy. A typical journey involves waiting for 5 minutes to get into a lift, squishing in with patients, healthcare workers and various pieces of equipment/prams/wheelchairs. Then you stop at every floor- not just for people to get out, but to wave to all those people stuck on other floors who are also waiting for the lift (and keep pressing the button…).
You’ll find that there are a lot of things on the marketing course that you can apply to real-life situations. One of the most interesting lectures I have had was the first lecture of Relationships and Services Marketing. Commitment is the strongest predictor of relationship length when controlling for intimacy and passion. So how do you make a relationship last? There are three determinants of commitment: satisfaction level, quality of alternatives, and investment size.
If Hannah is satisfied with her relationship with Bob, Hannah will remain in the relationship. The higher the satisfaction level, the higher the commitment. Satisfaction increases when benefits increase and/or costs decrease.
It’s that time of year again. Nervous students are wandering around campus dressed in suits, frantically re-reading their personal statement and trying to remember they are at Imperial not UCL. They know the prospectus off-by-heart, have learnt more about the NHS than anyone working in it knows and are clued up on all sorts of ethical dilemmas. Yes, it’s interviews!
So as I am reminded of my own application to Imperial and interview now 6 years ago, I thought I would write a few words on things at college that the prospectus didn’t prepare me for:
So, yes of course I realised Imperial was in South Kensington, but what I hadn’t appreciated was how utterly amazing it would be to live and study there!