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the one with the railroad tracks

Speaking of railroad, We are taking the train to Brighton, UK this weekend for a fun weekend of adventures. Apparently Brighton is the Jersey Shore of England, however, knowing that I will not see gorilla juiceheads puts a damper on the mood. =)

The notorious fresher’s week has finally come to an end, and school has started. I find myself having loads of free time. Let me define some terms before I start. I am at University, not ‘college’. We have lectures, not ‘class’, and furthermore, lectures meets once a week for not even 2 hours.

From my personal point of view, the university in England is more comparable to American graduate school. By the time students here are in ‘college’ or what we call it, high school, they narrow their classes in two main focuses, in which they will receive a degree from one of the two. As an associate student, (since I am studying abroad) I am taking classes from the School of Biological Science and Chemistry; however, I can take classes in any and all departments, the brits honoring the liberal nature of American education. In addition, the university is only 3 years instead of 4 and a masters degree takes only 1 extra year, and medicine and dental is only 2 extra years.

Here is a glimpse of my ‘time table’

10-11 and 12-1 Microbial Diversity

5-7 Cell Biology

10-11 and 12-1 Animal Physiology

9-11 Heredity and Gene Actions

with labs Mon-Thurs at various times.

Like I said, my schedule seems like its a handful of free time, but in reality if I used this time efficiently, I would be sitting in the library with piles and piles of books to read. Given that each class has 5 to 8 recommended texts. These ‘recommended’ texts are core readings, many are primary source, but they do not tell you when to have it done by. There are usually only two assignments. One assessment (worth about 20%) and a final (worth 80%).

This blog, is one of the things I am doing to avoid reading about action potentials and how cells communicate. =)


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