πŸ•°οΈ If I Could Turn Back Time πŸ•°οΈ

πŸ•°οΈ If I Could Turn Back Time πŸ•°οΈ

This time 7 years ago I began preparing for my move to university. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, so here is a collection of memories and some tips for preparing for university and making the most of the all-important first few weeks.

Preparing for university

I spent months and months slowly building a collection of household items ready for my move to university in September. In reality you really don’t need to worry about this and you risk having 6 of some things and none of others when you move into your flat. Instead, focus on treasured items to remind you of home and keep you positive in the first few months of settling in. A cosy pair of slippers is always a winner, and some photos of family and friends.

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✈️ Opportunities for Travel and Networking with Plymouth University ✈️

✈️ Opportunities for Travel and Networking with Plymouth University ✈️

One of the best things about studying for my PhD is the opportunity to attend and present at conferences. This is encouraged and financially supported through most studentships and is an invaluable experience to connect with the wider research community.

I have attended many conferences over the last few years and have enjoyed every one of them. I have been to France twice, the Orkney Islands in Scotland and some β€˜closer–to–home’ locations such as Bath and Bristol.

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🎨 Making Time for Your Hobbies at University 🎨

🎨 Making Time for Your Hobbies at University 🎨

Being at university isn’t all about studying. It is really important to maintain a work life balance and set time aside for your hobbies.

I work in a scientific discipline, but my passion really does lie with crafting and textiles. During my first couple of years of university it fell by the wayside as studying and social life took over, but more recently I have found solace in alone time to get stuck into some sewing. Whatever your hobby is, don’t let it go!

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πŸ“Š Gaining Knowledge and Confidence in Mathematics πŸ“Š

πŸ“Š Gaining Knowledge and Confidence in Mathematics πŸ“Š

I am now a PhD student within the Civil Engineering field, however, I have absolutely no civil engineering background. I’m on an interdisciplinary PhD, researching the impact of biofouling growth on wave energy devices for which my marine science background has set me up quite nicely. However, I have found myself needing a much higher level of maths than I am used to. For a long time I struggled along on my own hoping to eventually have a break through moment where everything fell into place. Alas, this did not happen. But instead I have discovered many avenues for support in Mathematics which I wish I had realised sooner. I'm happy to have been given the opportunity to share them with you here!

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πŸŽ“ Finding Your Feet in Your Field

πŸŽ“ Finding Your Feet in Your Field

I’m now in my 7th year of studying with Plymouth University and closely approaching the end of my PhD journey; phew!

My PhD is an interdisciplinary work, sitting between marine engineering and marine biology, which has often led me to feel like a β€˜jack of all trades, master of none’. I wanted to write a little about my experiences moving though different levels of study at university and finding confidence in your own work and future.

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