What’s up guys,
Major apologies for the delays in blogging, exams came, took over and went, I got a part time job, I enjoyed the free time and before I knew it the date was now!
Anyway, exams are over I am now free, until August at least, as that is re-sit period – with a little luck I won’t be seeing any re-sits. Four of seven exams seemed to go well, the others not so much but not horribly, hopefully the coursework side of the modules saved me!
All in all, this year has been a non-stop year in the way of learning compared to the first year, from the first lesson we had so-called “revision tests” and the then upcoming practical assessment deadlines. So be prepared for that when it comes to second year.
This year we learnt some really interesting topics and gained some awesome skills. Some of these include gene transformation – putting the pGLO gene that causes bioluminescence in the jellyfish species Aequorea Victoria in to a batch of harmless E coli cells, causing them to glow under UV light; learning the tricks and the trades with a digital camera to photograph a crime scene using the crime scene house on campus; carrying out various tests on water samples to identify contaminants; carry out tests on various types of drug samples to identify which family they belong to; and so many more.
I have been told that second year tends to be the hardest year of university as it is such a change from the first. It did catch me off guard if I’m honest, won’t lie to you but if you focus and don’t put it all off til last minute you should be fine. I can’t really comment on it being the hardest as I am still to complete my final year and that dreaded dissertation, even though, on my course we carry out a forensic literature project, which is slightly different but fairly similar – I will write a blog about this in the weeks to come, so watch this space.
All that is left now for this year is results day which is on the 27th June, the day before I finish blogging with you, so I will be sure to let you guys know how I get on and what I plan to do after all that.
One thing that I enjoyed in particular during the second year is that the social side of university didn’t change. I was afraid that once everyone moved out of halls and in to their houses we would all drift apart but that wasn’t the case at all. We organised several excursions, including battlefield live in Caerphilly – shout out to the guys there – highly recommended when you all start university here (fingers crossed). Just remember it is important to keep in contact with all of your friends from halls and first year, even if you aren’t as near to them – they will be your friends in to adult life.
Until next time guys!
Ciao for now!