A Day in the Life of a Marine Biology Student

As always the day starts with the annoying noise that is the alarm, the alarm you want to put on snooze for the rest of the day but know that you can’t put off because you do really need to get up pretty soon, otherwise you’ll be running into University for your lecture and/or losing precious time on that all important coursework. So waking up may be the hard part, but being up early and getting on with the day makes everything a lot easier in the long run, plus, it means there’s more time for naps in the day!

My typical day on campus tends to consist of library work sessions in between lectures (and sometimes practicals) because I know if I go home I won’t get anything done! So I think making friends on my course and in general has been a vital part of my University life as it gives me the motivation to stay and do work when it needs to be done, but they’re also part of my breaks from academia.

 
Pretty aquarium view

Pretty aquarium view

 

University life should not be all just work, work, work… ok so a lot of it should be, but at the same time breaks are an equally important part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I usually find myself back at home napping...jokes! Catch-up TV is a big part of my relaxation time but I also take time out to volunteer at the National Marine Aquarium putting my knowledge to good use, make casual plans with friends and, when it gets to this time of the year and the Sun seems to be coming out regularly, going to places around the city is perfect! Whether it be going to a beach, going to Dartmoor or even just spending some time in town.

 
Feeding the squirrels on my day off

Feeding the squirrels on my day off

 

On some days, when I have minimal/no lectures, I like to be productive and earn some money through the world of work. It gives me a sense of independence and it’s also nice to not report back to the parents about where the pocket money went.

So the day ends with quick food and into bed for about 15 minutes only to realise that I’ve missed the season finale, so up I am again for the next 45 minutes and THEN it’s time to sleep…wait a minute! I need to set my alarm!

 
A light snack before bed

A light snack before bed