“I chose the course at Birmingham because it enabled me to specialise in the areas of biology that interested me right from the first year, which was not the case at most universities. The practical sessions and high number of contact hours also attracted me to study here.”
Why I chose Birmingham
I came to study my course at the University of Birmingham as it is a well-established university. The course itself also suited my interests, as unlike most other universities, it has enabled me to specialise in the areas of biology that I am interested in. Practical session high contact hours were also a drawing point to the course at Birmingham.
What is unique about my course
I chose the course at Birmingham because it enabled me to specialise in the areas of Biology that I am interested from the first year, which was not the case at most Universities. As a result I have completed a module in Human Biochemistry, rather than Plant Science. Since I am interested in pursuing a career in a Hospital Labs, this was much more suited to interests.
My personal highlight
The highlight of my first year at the University of Birmingham is Tandem Skydiving, which I have always wanted to do, at Langar Airfield as a result of signing up to partake in Carnival RAG’s “Carnival Chute”. This also came with the challenge of raising £395 for The Children’s Society; I achieved this through bucket shakes, cake sales and donations from friends and family.
Living in Birmingham
I love living in such a big and vibrant city. Not only is there is so much to do during the day, there is also a night out to suit everyone.
Clubs, societies or events I've been involved in
I have tried to get involved with as many societies and sports clubs as possible. For example, I am an active member of the Carnival RAG society. This has resulted in me partaking in a RAG raid in Birmingham City centre, completing a Tandem Skydive for The Children’s Society and helping a number of societies to raise money for their chosen charity as part of the Adopt a Charity Week. I have also been a member of the Social Netball Club, which enabled me to compete in a tournament at the Copper Box Arena. This year I have also taken up Korfball as a sport. However, in terms of course related societies, I am a member of BioSoc. This has been a great way to meet and socialise with other people on my course from all year groups. I am also proud to represent the school of Biosciences as a Student Ambassador and a Student Rep.
My aspirations for the future
After completing a Masters, I am hoping to gain work in the field of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
My top tip for prospective Birmingham students
My top tip for anybody considering coming to study at the University of Birmingham would definitely be to get involved with as many societies and sports clubs as possible; there are events held within Welcome Week that are a great way to find out about the wide range of opportunities, but even if you miss these events almost all societies welcome new members at any point throughout the academic year. Not only are Societies and Sports Clubs a great way to spend a proportion of your spare time, they are also great at enabling you to get to know like-minded students from all different years.