Archive for February, 2011

Winter in Glasgow

Hello everybody 🙂

 New year, new hopes, new assignments, new courses… Yep, this is the second semester!

Just for a quick recap, at the end of the last semester, we had an extraordinary amount of snow and ice; consequently some of the exams from the December exam diet were postponed since the university was closed for 3 days. That is exactly what happened with one of my exams. I can assure that having exams in December is much better than in January, cause then you can just relax and enjoy your winter break.

 I hope that all of us did pretty well on the exams, well, at least from the people I talk to everybody seemed to be quite happy with their results, which apparently is a good indicator of the quality of education here. I hope that all of you had a wonderful winter holiday and a lovely Christmas, just like mine 🙂

 Now, however, is the time to go back to studying. The deadline for the first essays is approaching and some people /like me/ are having class tests next week. Having gathered a lot of wonderful emotions from the Christmas holiday and the ReFreshers’ week, it’s time to delve back to the piles of books 😉

And now – some unilife  news and gossip. Last week the Sports Association organized a Health Week, a wonderful event which allowed all students at the university to embark on a healthy lifestyle… even just for a week 🙂 This included a free access to the sports facilities to all students and staff members. And indeed, the gym was pretty crowded that week, but it is definitely encouraging to see so many people in the middle of an intense workout.

The event was very successful since a lot of non-members came to try the various classes and facilities offered by the Sports Association and almost everybody had a very enjoyable time.

So, even though the Health Week is over, going to the gym is undoubtedly the best way to combat the stress related to writing essays and dissertations or preparing for tests and exams. Plus, it is a brilliant way to get to know more people, especially if you join one of the clubs, or even to go for a run with a friend.

Wish you all a very enjoyable second semester!!!!


Happy New Year!

HELLO!!!  Did you have a good Christmas and New Year!? Because I did!

I had a fantastic holiday back at home! As usual, I spent a great deal of time with the family but, isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Catching up with long lost acquaintances!? I had a quiet Christmas dining with the family this year. Though I did get some awesome pressies! Highlights included a pair of those glasses with the springy eyes coming out of them!! YEAH. New Year was much the same though my dad’s EX-girlfriend did turn up completely out of the blue. AWKWARD.

But, alas, the festivities had to end eventually and here I am: back at university. It’s not that bad really though the workload did hit me pretty hard again. Quite the shock.

As to medical school information. I’ve literally JUST submitted my Longitudinal Care Project Submission One and by Jove am I glad that’s over! It’s been a real strain maintaing some sembelence of a free time between trying to perfect that, visiting the hospitals, doing PBL, going to lectures and then going to the GP. The LCP evidence-based medicine research was quite daunting but, having delved into it, I have concluded that it all sounds and looks much scarier than it actually is.

On the plus side, as it’s now over I plan on celebrating by buying myself some new headphones. I know it sounds lame, but I’ve had the same pair for like 5 years now. They’ve been mauled by a dog, given me electric shocks, had numerous things spilt on them, lost their ‘grip’ coating a good two years back and have gone from their original white to an off-brown…nice……So anyway, I kept putting of replacing them but I feel now is the time as I was actually quite pleased with how the essays had gone and felt I could do with a wee reward. =]

Other than LCP, the course has continued in much the same vain as last term. Our new block is a bit of a mish-mash of different pathologies from rheumatoid arthritis to HIV, but I’m really enjoying it. In particular, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Leukaemia as I’ve got quite a keen interest in Oncology. In fact, I’m actually considering an intercalated degree in Cancer Studies (ideally) at the end of this year. Fingers crossed I get that.

Outside of medical school, I signed up to Chinese cookery course with a Chinese friend of mine who works in a Chinese take-away…..weird right? But it’s all about the fun for us so he doesn’t care. Anyway, it started last Monday and I’m so glad I went. It was just fantastic fun last week!! I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s session, where we are making the exotic, flambuoyant dish ‘Salmon Yakitori’, with the not quite so exotic side of ‘Sesame Prawn Toast’. Get in.

I’ve also started reading Ben Goldacre’s book “Bad Science”, which is truly insightful. I don’t know if anyone’s familiar with it but if you ever get the chance to read it, it’s pretty frickin sweet.

Right, I need to go to some lectures now so have fun and I shall right next month!



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