A day in the life of a Natural Sciences student

Melanie Etherton, Natural Sciences (Biological)

6:30 Wake up. (What? I like mornings.* Strange but true.) *This may not be an accurate representation of every science student…

7:00-8:00 Basketball training with my team at a local court. Major adrenaline rush.

8:00-8:58 Shower and eat breakfast.

8:59 Throw myself out the door, onto my bike and whiz to the science department in 30 seconds flat.

9:00-11:00 A psychology practical - today we’re learning about brain structure. On display are numerous rat brains and (best of all) we get to hold and examine some genuine human brains. Practical sessions last anywhere between 1 and 5 hours and normally occur around three times a week. Some are assessed via a short write-up afterwards.

11:00-12:00 Lecture. Each lecture is an hour long and it’s normal to have about two lectures a day, Monday through to Saturday.

12:00-13:00 Cycle back to college (longer journey: 37 seconds) and eat lunch in the servery. Chat with friends.

13:00-16:00 Studying, either by revising past lectures or doing set work for one of this week’s supervisions. Often one of my friends comes round and we work together over tea and biscuits.

16:00-17:00 Chill-out time.

17:00-18:00 Supervision. Natural Sciences students get a one hour-long supervision for each module every week (so that’s 4 supervisions a week in first year), usually in groups of two or three. We discuss the essays we submitted that week, look at some cool new research papers and clarify any problems with the information presented in the lectures.

18:00-19:20 Eat a quick supper and read over the lecture notes for tomorrow.

19:30-onwards Free time! Today I’m going to the theatre with my friends, tomorrow it’s a talk organised by the Peterhouse History Society. I sometimes end up working in the evening but generally I’m out and about doing something social, such as going out clubbing or listening to one of the many (excellent) talks on offer round the city.

00:00 Fall into bed. Not all of my days are as busy as this one!

[Updated: 06/03/2014]