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“You’re Not Smart Enough”

“You’re Not Smart Enough”

I’ve mentioned before I previously dropped out at university – at 18 I thought it was uni or nothing, even though I really wasn’t ready. So the second time around I’ve really had to prove myself. And I like to think I have. I put myself first in every instance of my degree and really pulled it out of the bag. Which is amazing, because recent memories saw me reminded that several people thought I’d never be where I am now, and it’s time to address that. Because young people, especially women, can be often told they don’t know enough. That they aren’t good enough. And that can really dent your confidence.

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Post Graduation – My Anxiety and Mental Health

Post Graduation – My Anxiety and Mental Health

On my graduation day I was a picture of pure happiness. Surrounded by my family, I chatted to my classmates comfortably and spent the whole day with a massive grin on my face. I was perfectly happy until a few days afterwards, when photos started popping up on Facebook. I started to realise that, in spending time with my family, I’d missed out on getting involved in group photos with my classmates… And whilst that didn’t really matter, it did make me feel pretty lonely. All through uni you’re told about making those “friend’s for life”. And in that moment I just felt like I’d failed.

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Everyone You’ll Definitely Meet in a University Freshers Facebook Group

Everyone You’ll Definitely Meet in a …

The lead up to university is an exciting time. No longer will you be an awkward teenager, bound by the curfews of mum and dad, and unable to do what you want without permission. You’ll…

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My Master’s Applications – My Journey

My Master’s Applications – My Journey

About this time last year, I started looking at masters programs to get a better idea of which ones I wanted to do. This term alone, I planned to apply to about 8 masters programs. I’ve ended up applying to 2. My priorities have changed, and I needed to start thinking practically.

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Your Average University Ball

Your Average University Ball

As it’s my final year, I’m going to all the balls I can. I’ve already been to my university’s Sports Ball, and next up is the Biological Sciences Ball. They’ll also be a graduation ball, but that’s to think about at a later date. So many balls, so little time…

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Musings of a Marine Biology Undergrad – What to Expect From Field Trips

Musings of a Marine Biology Undergrad – What …

Most unis will draw you in with a big field trip (Aberdeen’s was Florida – a course which they cancelled before I could take it… thanks!), but that’s likely not the only one. Getting you out into the field is part and parcel of a biology degree, to put you in real-life data collection situations. I was out on a field trip last week, and realised that so many people will only think of the big trips to a tropical country, they may forget about all the local ones. So here’s a low down on what to expect on your average, day out field trip!

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Getting Back into Studying After 6 Months – A Blogging Update

Getting Back into Studying After 6 Months – A …

I was going to make an informative post but honestly; I’m exhausted! Both physically and emotionally. After 6 months of not having to attend a single lecture I’m back into it. Back into the standard…

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My Last Term of University before Graduating… Wait, WHAT?!

My Last Term of University before Graduating… …

Today, I’m sat here, staring at the screen, trying to figure out how to put a series of panicked noises of pure disbelief into words. On Monday, I start university for the spring term after Christmas break. This is all very standard.

Expect it’s the last time I’ll be doing it as an undergraduate.

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Getting a Pet Whilst a Student – Pros and Cons

Getting a Pet Whilst a Student – Pros …

Think about it; this is your first real chance at independent living! You’ve chosen your housemates. You’ll choose how to decorate your own room. You’ll pay bills. You’ll almost be a proper adult. And that pretty much means getting that dog or cat your parents never let you have, right?

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The Dissertation Blog – Week One

The Dissertation Blog – Week One

The 11th September marked one very obvious, sombre occasion and another, slightly less obvious one – the first day of term for Aberdeen University students. And for those of us 4th year students in the School of Biological Sciences, that means the dreaded dissertation, honours project, thesis, whatever you want to call it, officially began! The next four months will be filled up by a range of experiences for everyone! Lab work, field work, risk assessments, desk based analysis, shouting at statistical analysis software, or maybe being sat out in the cold and rain for hours on end. We’re all here, all powering through.

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