When I first start talking to people about my life, the first comment people most commonly ask is ‘how do you find the time?’. I’ve always been one of those people who volunteers for everything. I love trying new things, so I felt like a kid in a candy store when I arrived at university and became aware of the number of societies I could join. It became a joke for my hall mates to guess where I was heading that night, was it scuba diving or life drawing? At times, even I struggled to remember. That was basically how my life at the University of Liverpool went, and when I start at Plymouth I expect it to be exactly the same.
I’ve just completed my BSc Marine Biology, and next up is my MRes in Marine Biology at Plymouth University. It’s going to be an exciting time for me as I’m very much a Northern girl, I’ve only ever lived up North with only the occasional holiday down South. When I crossed the Pennines from Leeds to Liverpool I could see the cultural difference. From Leeds to the South coast is going to be even stranger, but to be honest I can’t wait. I loved my time at Liverpool, the people and the city, and yes I’m that annoying person who still loved her course at the end, and even my honours project when I finished it. Yet, when it came to the end and I needed to find something to do next it was a really difficult decision. I still enjoyed learning when others had started flagging, so I thought, whilst I still have the energy, I will carry on. Although I really enjoyed working with people at Liverpool, most of my course mates were leaving. So instead of having a slightly lonely/duller final year, I decided to leave on a high and try somewhere new. New people, new societies, and new strange local accents.
So, why Plymouth? Well, it had been a university I considered when applying for my Bachelors, but I had also visited the MBA (Marine Biological Association) as part of my course in the second year. I loved the week we spent scrambling over the seaweed strewn rocks. The appeal of the combination of a new university and a chance to work with the MBA outweighed all other courses I looked at, so Plymouth it was.
I’ve chosen to do an MRes course mainly because I’m sick and tired of endless exams, and the hours spent revising the same material over and over again. I really enjoyed doing my honours project, so a course that focuses more on research seemed perfect for me. A big difference with my new course is the lack of a summer break. I’ve never worked the whole year before, and I think it’s going to be a shock to the system. At least I’ll be able to enjoy the summer in Plymouth, so if anyone knows any good ice cream places please let me know.