So, my first day at the British Science Festival is done 🙂 I’ve been to five events today as well as investigate the university and spent am embarrassing ten seconds in the Lapworth Museum… I’ve met so many more people today including ones I literally met five seconds ago in my flat! I’m sure you will all be pleased to know that I ditched them early to write this blog 😛 Our food is from a little set-up cafe called the Flask and Bunsen with beakers for flowerpots (surely a great idea for a science themed party if any of you are cool enough), but is mostly sandwiches, so we might be forced to foray into Birmingham city centre one evening to supplement this diet.
It has been an absolute mission trying to get a house to live in for this year. Our journey started Christmas 2013 when the 5 of us decided that we would be living together for second year. Little did we know how difficult this whole process is.
Here is a little insight into what happened so hopefully future students don’t make the same mistakes.
Easter 2014 we decided we needed to start looking. We really had no clue about what we were doing. All we knew is that we needed a house and wanted to complete our search before exams started.
Hey 🙂 As I’ve mentioned before Imperial are very kindly sponsoring me to go to the Science Festival in Birmingham! It looks like it is going to be amazing- so many great speakers and interesting talks (far too many to attend) as well as free food and accommodation… It’s one all inclusive science holiday! I just arrived this evening and haven’t done anything so far except meet some of the other lovely bursary students (I seem to have somehow mostly selected people from Durham University to talk to) and been shown my room (back into halls!) I’m here all week now until Thursday with loads of events everyday so I am going to try and blog every evening with an update of what I’ve been doing 🙂
That’s all for now- tomorrow morning starts with a talk on Virtual Palaeontology…
1) BUY THE ICSM PASSPORT– I assure you I regret to this day not buying the passport. I missed out on so many memories by not having one. For more info on this see the icsm freshers 2014 fb group.
2) Profile picture– Make sure that your facebook profile picture is on point. You will most probably already be being judged by anyone and everyone in your Freshers 2014 group. Fun fun fun.
3) Buy every type of cold medicine– I am talking cough sweets, paracetamol even plasters…freshers flu is real and you will get it.
4) Air freshener– Seriously get some.
I was going to make good on my promise to give some Python tips for this blog, but after reading through all my lab python notes I realised that there are better links from the lab website (and now even pre-course material to complete before the start of labs.) Damn it. Oh well—I think that is a good idea and am glad Imperial have beat me to it 😛
You probably know this already but you can find all this lovely information on the first year laboratory and computing website and the whole of the course is actually on Blackboard, including a load of links on where to download python and places to get tutorials and everything.
So results day has been and gone, many of you are now unconditional offer holders for Imperial College…. CONGRATULATIONS! You should all feel very proud of yourselves. I know from experience that A Levels feel like the hardest thing in life at the moment you’re taking them but your hard work has paid off so well done. You can now enjoy the rest of your summer worry-free!
My summer has been great so far. I’ve just gotten back from a week in Alsace, France where I helped out at a summer camp and I had the best time. I worked with a fantastic team of people to serve the camp by washing up, cleaning, serving food and dressing up as an evil gang for a night game so that the kids could capture and ‘arrest’ us (the theme of the week was secret agents and there was a lot of back story going on… I still don’t understand all of it myself to be honest).
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone that has received A level/ AS results today (including my sister!).
And an even bigger WELCOME to everyone that is going to be joining us at Imperial School of Medicine / Imperial in general next year. You must all be super happy- I remember the pure relief i had when I saw my UCAS track update.
To those of you that missed your grades, do not give up today. Talk to relevant staff at universities and explain your circumstances clearly- fingers crossed. Remember: you always have options.
What now? Well once you have secured that place its like a month of joy and fun.
Congratulations! Sooo…. what happens now?
A lot of anticipation. There is still a month and a bit to go until freshers, so do you look at work? Do you try and contact people from your course? Do you go out and buy lots of crockery and bath mats? Do you simply try to pretend this big scary life event isn’t going to happen?
The simple answers are no, no, yes and no! Now to the more complicated questions.
Will I fit in?
Everyone you will be around is having the same unnerving experience as you. You would have to try pretty hard not to fit in.
Hi. 🙂 This is me (finally) following up on mentioning that I was stressed and depressed in second term this year. I am not anymore!
A period when you feel like you can’t quite cope with things (or perhaps a rather more extreme version of that feeling) seems to be common at university, so I thought I would share with you what helped me when I was in a similar situation and might help you prevent some sadness.
Firstly though, two things:
1) You might be thinking: ‘lol stressed?! Why would I be stressed at uni? No parents, lots of friends and activities and university is all about having fun.’
I agree with you— but I think you should still read this.
Hello everyone 🙂
I have just got back from a glorious week in Tenerife where I went in a submarine (!) and also found out that I did well in second year. I hope everyone reading this is having a similarly fun summer and is awaiting/has received good results too!
This week is a bit of a different blog— as you might know, I am in the process of discovering what sorts of careers are involved in science communication. To this end, I am hopefully (if I can find more willing volunteers) going to be asking a few questions to some of the people I talk to about their jobs and experiences for this blog.