Last week I was pleased to have another day of fieldwork, this time in the New Forest National Park in south England. The New Forest includes one of the largest areas of pasture, heathland and forest in south east England and the site we visited is Whitley Wood, a oak-beech wood pasture woodland with grazing deer and ponies. The Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group have been sampling at this site for soil and leaf litter invertebrates nearly every month since 2002.
A 100 meter transect line is laid at random in the forest and a sample is taken every seven meters.
At first when I finished exams I was like…
And days and nights would merge into this…
And when my parents would ask me what useful stuff I was doing with my life I’d just be like..
But then the days passed, 3rd term work started and my money began to disappear…
But that didn’t bother us much and we continued to just…
Until, really, we had no money…
and we ran out of cheap things to do..
and we actually had tutorials and practicals to prepare for…
And having so much free time we all expected to be..
At the beginning of May I had the opportunity to go with my friend to see the Lion King for her birthday! I often tend to talk about cheap and frugal things to do around London, as I’m often pinching pennies due to working part time and paying for my own rent while studying my masters here at Imperial.
With tickets starting from £30, this would be considered a very special treat for me and not considered within the normal “Hey – let’s hang out!” type of activity. Nevertheless, it was a great experience, and if you liked the movie at all, I would suggest you go and see it!
I’m a closet palaeontologist and have always wanted to visit the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, an event which happens each early May Bank Holiday and features exhibits from scientists as well as talks, walks and a Fossil Fair were minerals, fossils and jewellery can be purchased.
I attended with the Natural History Museum to talk about my research on soil biodiversity, bringing along live specimens of earthworms, woodlice and other soil and leaf litter animals and a microscope for people to look closely at them. I was joined by Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group volunteer Silvia and we took turns in enthusing the public about earthworms and other invertebrates.
We are well into the final course of 2nd year, Science and the Patient!
Science and the patient is actually really interesting as it is the transition course from pre-medical into 3rd year on firms. It means we are learning a lot more about diseases and less about the nitty gritty bits of cells and drugs etc.
This year TBL has been introduced and I wanted to talk about it a bit. I think it is amazing, and one of the best learning tools the faculty of medicine have introduced. Why? Because it actually takes into account what medical students are and utilises it to teach us something.
It’s almost the end of third year now which is really strange! I’ve still got one more year at Imperial doing my masters, but many of my friends are leaving this year. Integrated masters are a good thing to consider by the way for anyone thinking they might want to carry on in science– you can always transfer off the masters course if you change your mind, but if you do want to do a fourth year, this way it is counted as your first degree so you can take out a student loan, and it is also charged at the same price as an undergraduate course.
So it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. With holidays, assignments and exams out the way I could finally write about a topic I’ve wanted to for quite a long time: procrastination. It’s something we all do a lot, and it’s something we should all do a lot less. But it’s hard. The truth in that lies in the fact I’ve been trying to write this post for over five six weeks…but every time I come to write it I get distracted and procrastinate. Maybe you could say I’m doing research for the post, more likely you could say I’m lazy…
So a little bit of procrastination can be quite healthy, it helps you relax from the work you have to do.
There is less than twenty four hours before my first exam. So, instead of doing a much needed last minute revision session I decided to blog.
I had a lovely Bank Holiday (honestly I have no idea what this holiday is for despite its obvious name, but I am glad it exists! It can’t just mean that the banks are on holiday so everybody else is, or does it?) celebrating a friend’s birthday. I had my first sushi. Although I had a few misgivings about the whole raw fish thing, it turned out to be surprisingly good. Then we had a calming walk in Hyde Park and went on one of those pedal boats.
Summer term is hard on us all. Revision, coursework and exams are all afoot and in this trying time it can become difficult to function as a responsible adult. It remains even more important this term to take care of yourself properly as this will help prevent you from becoming ill during this stressful period and reduce your general stress levels. Here are a couple of my revision period tips:
1. See your friends. This is the easiest time to block them out, put your head down and power through those late night library sessions without distraction. Whilst this may work for some, I’m not a fan of this method.
So, what is an independent visitor?
Children in care can get moved around a lot—the average number of moves in Hammersmith and Fulham is 3.41 per child, but it is not unusual for this number to be much higher—with around 17 placements per child. It is also likely that the number of professionals involved in their lives— social workers (who change from around 10-30 times too), looked after children nurses, foster parents, teachers, children’s rights advocates etc. etc. is much greater than the number of unpaid close friends and family.
This is why the Independent Visitor scheme exists—it allows volunteers who are not being paid and are somewhat independent of children’s rights services to spend time getting to know children and young people in care, and build up a stable, long-term relationship with them.