This week the 3rd year medical students sit their first clinical year exam: Ethics and Law, and I was reminded of sitting the same exam a few years ago.
For many studying ethics and law seems a bit strange. The course involves studying ethical issues in medicine from a range of different viewpoints. This can be great at times, with lots of discussion and interaction, but can also be rather challenging as you begin to work through your own viewpoint and why you hold it. At the time I remember this seemed more challenging and exacerbating than anything else as I desperately tried to justify my viewpoint on a range of hot topics.
If any of the 2 or 3 people who will read this celebrate Christmas, happy Christmas-was-two-days-ago! 🙂
I spent it in the company of family, family friends and their cat. She’s one of the coolest cats ever; she woke me up with paws and rekindled my need for my own feline creature.
Other than the early drysuit, I got a Totoro t-shirt and a mini gorilla, which sounds random, but was a response to my love for gorillas, which I’ve displayed a lot since visiting Bristol zoo last February. Both were due to the boyfriend, so it’s his own fault, really.
With the joys of the winter carnival on a Friday night few weeks ago, we have officially finished the first term at Imperial. Christmas holiday officially begins! Holiday means having a butt load of fun and spending time with your loved ones. It is also a great time to think about what we have achieved last term and how we would have improved to make our life easier next term. Here’s my personal reflection upon the academic experience in term 1. (Short and Concise)
PLAN YOUR TIME WISELY
This might sound so cliché, but it’s just that important to be discussed over and over.
So what does studying Computing at Imperial involve you ask. After one term here… I’m no expert but I can rewrite the course descriptions the department provides in a brutally honest student point of view.
This will be quite long, but at least now its here as a resource for all you prospective Computing students out there right? Happy reading.
In the Autumn Term we study Programming, Maths Methods, Logic, Hardware and Discrete Maths.
6 weeks of Haskell and 5 weeks of Java. No experience with coding was assumed, but we definitely moved quickly. Our first Haskell assignment was due in Friday Week 1 (so much for freshers week…) and it only got exponentially more difficult.
The past few weeks has been another whirlwind session of lectures, tutorials, and assorted social activities (due to the impending progress tests, the latter was slightly reduced). I fiddled around with an engine and gearbox, revised, made a cheese blanket, and last but not least, took not one, not two, but seven progress tests, all of which I think went alright!
We also tested out our hovercrafts (see my previous post!). The race track was a lot longer than I thought it would be, but our hovercraft could a) go in a straight line, and b) do that in a very speedy time.
“Today is the slowest pace of change we’ll ever experience.”
With the continuous advancements in technology, will the marketing profession be taken over by robots? How will we have to change the way we market to people? How can we take advantage of opportunities in technology?
Recently, Jonathan MacDonald from Thought Expansion Network held an inspiring lecture during our Digital Marketing module about the fast-paced changes in technology, how these could shape the future, and methods and actions we can take.
We all know how technology is changing the way we live and do things, but Jonathan really opened up our minds and pinpointed real drastic changes happening in digital and technology that you may have overlooked.
Thankfully I managed to avoid being dragged to see the Oxford Street Christmas lights this year but as my Christmas-loving boyfriend was visiting it would be rude to not show him any and he was happy with seeing some of the Regent Street lights during a day out in London.
As I described in an earlier blog post, work last week consisted of mostly Christmas parties! Starting off with the the Natural History Museum Student Association Christmas Party and moving on to the Soil Biodiversity Group Christmas gathering where my supervisor Paul Eggleton tried on my Christmas hat! Sadly I was unable to join the group Christmas meal afterwards but it was great catching up with volunteers, students and staff.