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The results are in…

I have officially been offered a place on a masters at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, or I am now going to affectionately call it: The Trop Shop.
More details to follow but I can confirm that I am going to be spending nearly every waking minute from now till December raising the 8 grand it is going to cost me in fees. Once again, I ask for your luck.



And….. She’s back!

Once again, I find myself apologising to my (possibly non-existent) readers for the prolonged absence. I have no excuse apart from my complete lack of time management skills of late, which is not what my CV says ūüėČ

So, to get us back on track, have some light relief in the form of this extremely cute cartoon


Life of a wannabe Scientist is….

Glad that she is not an American, or a Republican follower.

Time Flies

So much time has passed since my last post yet so much has happened. Spending everyday in the lab, many times repeating the same protocols over and over again, tweaking minute details has dashed all my romantic ideals of what it is like to ba a scientist, yet it has not quashed my desire to become one.

Many personal problems have occurred recently for me, and my work has been an absolute blessing, to get stuck in and lost in work has been a nice respite from the complexities of life outside the lab.

Yet soon I will have to leave this safe haven and return to full time study. My final year will be horrendous in many ways, yet I am so excited! No filler modules, all really exciting stuff, as my learning becomes more and more atuned to my personal interests. Only 2 weeks to go and I cannot wait!

This also brings the question, however, of what I am going to do once it is all over. Am I good enough to do a phd? Should I do a masters first? So much to do I will hardly be able to think about anything else!

So heres to a (hopefully) exciting and (hopefully) successful 3rd year.

The rules of academic life: Number 52

Do NOT, under any circumstances, drink too much around the people who will be deciding your degree classification/ marking your work/ having any say in your future happiness. This should be obvious. Apparently it is not.

The long absence

So, anyone with half an idea of the academic year will know why I have been absent these past months.

That dreaded time has been on us again, where students either get fatter or thinner, start to smell and go pasty white: The Exam Period.

There are many awful components to The Exam Period, lack of social life, lack of sleep, lack of fresh air (the Sun always seems to shine during this period also, just to spite us) and a general lack of everything apart from stress.

However, I realised this year something new, it wasn’t just me and my classmates going through these motions, my family did too. The house become a Sufferers Paradise and they couldn’t escape it. Their Mother and Partners’ head was replaced with a textbook which only emitted short grunts and when conversation was squeezed out of her, it was about her impending doom (forgive the third person, it just seemed appropriate).

So this led me to THE question: how do you get the right work/life balance? Answers on a postcard please, but I’m guessing you all have as much a clue as me.

Greetings to you all!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I aim to talk about everything science related, from the organisation of my degree and how not ALL students spend their time down the pub, to advancements and interesting articles that catch my eye.

I hope you enjoy it, please send me your comments and suggestions for what to post and together we can make the world a more science friendly place (or at least a small fraction of London!).

Now stand back, I’m going to do science.


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