๐Ÿ‘‹ Introduction

When I first start talking to people about my life, the first comment people most commonly ask is โ€˜how do you find the time?โ€™. Iโ€™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.


Iโ€™ve just completed my BSc Marine Biology, and next up is my MRes in Marine Biology at Plymouth University. Itโ€™s going to be an exciting time for me as Iโ€™m very much a Northern girl, Iโ€™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 canโ€™t wait. I loved my time at Liverpool, the people and the city, and yes Iโ€™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.

Iโ€™ve chosen to do an MRes course mainly because Iโ€™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. Iโ€™ve never worked the whole year before, and I think itโ€™s going to be a shock to the system. At least Iโ€™ll be able to enjoy the summer in Plymouth, so if anyone knows any good ice cream places please let me know.