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My name’s Natalie-Rose Taylor, I’m from Wolverhampton and I do Medical Biochemistry, second year
and I’m currently on a placement year in-between my second and final year.
I’ve always been a little bit reserved, kind of timid,
so second year and third year I’ve been able to sort of find my footing socially
because I have made a lot more friends and I feel I can communicate with people a lot easier;
more likely to just go out there and get stuck in than I would have been likely to in my first year.
It helps been on courses with people. You find friends that way
kind of like expand your horizons; you have different social circles
that you can pick up along the way.
I’ve made quite a few friends; I mean, I’ve pretty much replaced all my friends back home with people here
but there’s a couple I live with and another girl;
she’s from my course so it’s like you’re constantly making new links with friends
living with random people and it’s just like really sociable.
There’s always something new to find out and there’s loads of different ways you can go about it.
During the alien thing last year, I remember Helen actually came bursting in with this pipette
full of all this gooey liquid. Normally we do a lot of work from theoretical
point of view so to have some actual tissue to work with was fascinating
because we had never seen it before.
Turns out it was part-humanoid part bio luminescent jellyfish.
It makes sense the amount of downtime students need
because it’s a lot of stress. You have deadline after deadline
so socialising is definitely important.
There’s the SU which offers a great range of food and they have a comedy night
which is quite good to go to and you’ve got Battle of the Bands and that’s quite fun as well.
And then you’ve got going in to town for any student offers which are always good to look out for.
You’re kind of given more leeway with independent thinking
when you’re at University. You’ve got...you can go away and read papers,
you can read around a topic if there’s specific lecturers that you like you talk to them about a topic
and it’s more people...you feel closer to what you’re more passionate about
because the people you’re actually being taught by are passionate about it as well.