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My First Year

Starting university can be a scary prospect for anyone, moving to a new city, living with strangers and studying a new subject, and although it seems like so much is changing it’s quite exciting at the same time. I’ve just finished my first year as a biomedical sciences student and the past year and the University of Chester have been great and a year, I’ve enjoyed more than I ever thought I would.

University Life

Life at university is, as you would expect, very different than life at home. I’ve met some amazing people both on and off my course. My course size is particularly small, but this allowed for us all to know each other to a certain degree and meant that if we ever needed help in any of our coursework or in catching up on some missed work there was always someone you could turn to. Chester as a city is quite small but has a lot to offer and even after almost a whole year of living here there are still parts I have not seen or experienced, but it never fails to offer something surprising, especially with all the roman ruins dotted around. The small nature of the city, however, means anything you need is within walking distance,so you can save any money you’d use on transport for anything else. The past year has proven to me that I made the right choice on where I chose to study.

Course

I’ve enjoyed my course more than I first thought I would when I started back in September.  There are aspects on the course I didn’t even realise I’d be studying, such as my Human Physiology module,which looked in detail at how every system in the body works and how we as humans are made up which I find very fascinating. The structure of the course had some bumps in it but once they found the right path everything seemed to run smoothly, and most lectures were interesting, and I learned a lot. All the lecturers I've met have been very friendly and inviting. They make the lectures more fun and interesting while still being able to deliver all the necessary information, which made me feel more relaxed and allowed a level of trust to be formed between them and the students so that if any problems did arise you knew you could rely on them to help any way they could.

Next Year

For my course next year, a lot has been changed and I’m looking forward to quite a large chunk of what is being offered to me. Some of the modules I’m very excited for, as they focus on the aspects of biology and chemistry that have always interested me and what drove me to pick this course as a degree when in college. For example, we do a module in Pathophysiology which investigates disease and the causes of these diseases. We also have more lab time next year to refine the skills we've learned this year, and to gain more essential experience for any work which we will wish to do in the future as a biomedical scientist or any other path which this degree allows you to go down.

Prospects

Although I’m not set on a particular job role after I graduate, I have a few ideas of where I would like to go which throughout the next year with the help of my lectures, I’m sure will be refined. I do know I would like to continue my education to gain the necessary experience I would need to work in the best labs I can.  I’ve done some research on pathology as it works somewhat on the medical side of what my course offers and still has a degree of helping people which is what I hope to do wherever I end up. I’ve also looked into clinical sciences and more research-based jobs, looking at finding ways to cure certain diseases and even help with the ever-growing crises of antibiotic resistance. All these avenues seem very different, I know, but in my second year I hope through my studies of the modules offered that one of my interests will dominate over the rest and become my main focus.  

My first year at the University was very exciting and I’m looking forward to my second year to see what it has to offer and where it will take me.

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