It blows me away to think that I am building novel molecules in my second year of university [as part of a research project].
Plus, I am working in a state-of-the-art research laboratory, learning new chemical techniques and processes from the experts – it’s almost a bonus that such an awesome project counts as a subject towards my degree!
A typical day at uni involves a couple of lectures in the morning, followed by tutorials or a session in the lab in the afternoon. Any gaps during the day are filled with study in the library or catching up with friends for a chat and a bite to eat.
It is the variety of subjects and activities on offer that surprised me the most – I have friends going on field trips to the Great Barrier Reef and others studying Welsh. If you have an interest or passion, there will be a subject or society that will help you to indulge it.
If you have an interest or passion, there will be a subject or society that will help you to indulge it.
I hope to pursue a career in research, or to use the analytical and abstract thinking skills that I am developing throughout my degree to work in data analytics. The exciting thing about a degree in science is that the skills you learn are highly transferrable and applicable to a diverse range of industries and careers.
Do what you enjoy. Do what you are good at. And don’t feel that you need to know where you want to end up. If you do – great, but if that’s not you, make a habit of grabbing new opportunities and ideas as they fly past.