Confessions of a biomedical student

Joe Robinson

Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Life Sciences
Course: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
Category: Sciences nutritional and pharmaceutical

10 December 2014

Hello and welcome to the first instalment of my as-yet-unnamed student blog which in time, I’m sure, will be receiving more ‘OMGs’ than a horse on a unicycle, more ‘ahhs’ than a kitten pouting and more ‘I can’t believe he just said thats’ than certain celebrities (subject to censorship and finding a unicyclist horse).

Each update will document the highs, lows, thrills n’ spills (mostly spills) of a 35-year-old (im)mature first year Biomedical Science student (that’s me) as he graces the Cambridge glitterati, sails through academic life, and eventually takes over the world. Mwahahahahaah!

Meanwhile, pre-world dominance, the blog aims to be informative and I daresay entertaining. I’d like to share with you some of the pearls of wisdom I have gained since my two-year return to education, which have made my studying so much more easy and effective.

Regular features will include interesting snippets from the science world, with particular attention being paid to science that affects students – the latest research into study methods that improve learning, why lightening occurs when you put folks in the microwave, why traffic cones make unsuitable hats, that sort of thing – all the while emphasising what a great place ARU is to be; much better than those B-rate colleges over the road.

And if that wasn’t enough, each blog will come with a free recipe (ingredients not included) that has been custom designed especially for students by our resident chef (that’s me) to be cheap, simple and above all tasty. Mmmmmm.

Also, in my quest to receive an OBE, I shall be documenting my volunteer work at Headway. Headway is a fantastic charity that helps people after they’ve had brain injury. My role there includes helping out with sessions (gardening, cooking, newsletter editorial work, art, discussion groups, drama, gym) and generally just being there for people who have a had a hard time and are maybe feeling low. Working at Headway has really opened my eyes; I’m so inspired by the clients and project workers and cannot emphasise enough what a rewarding experience it has been. I strongly recommend it to anyone and look forward to telling you about the amazing work they do there.

So, the story thus far!

In light of the five Ps (‘proper planning prevents poor performance’ – something I borrowed from the SAS, but works quite well in student life) I bought a diary (well grown-up), an academic year poster to put stickers of assignment due dates on (looms ominously on the wall), organised all subject folders and week sub-folders on my PC and acquired all texts from my reading list – my favourite of which is the anatomy colouring book (crayons poised, mustn’t go over the lines). I am indeed very prepared going into this semester, any SAS commander (that’s not me) would be proud. The first few weeks have been great. Met lots of people and think it’s all going to be fantastic!

Okay that’s it for me for now. Until my next post when no doubt I’ll be knee-deep in assignments, my room looking like an explosion in a stationery shop, and probably crying.

Have a good ‘un and remember, as my old chemistry tutor used to say, ‘If your head ain’t hurting then you ain’t learning!’

P.S. Working title for my blog: Joe Bloggs? Hmmm. *rubs chin*


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