Tuesday, 24 November 2015

All about The Hunt!

love a good documentary, particularly if it is about nature, intriguing creatures and even more if it is narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Ever since I was young I would hurriedly turn the TV channel to whatever was the current animal documentary pick on the BBC.  I've worked my way through numerous episodes and series' including Africa, Frozen Plant and Life Stories, however out of all these, I must say I am particularly enjoying The Hunt.
So far in the series, there has been 4 episodes: The Hardest Challenge, In the Grip of the Seasons, Hide and Seek (forest) and Hunger at Sea (Oceans). My favourite episode is without a doubt Hunger at Sea. How can this be case, when there were tiger kills filmed, a hilarious polar bear attempt at creeping up on a seal and beautiful autumnal and winter scenes I hear you cry.
I loved Finding Nemo as a child, and this episode, really brought alive the animated film, and the way in which the underwater dwellers work together to find food or battle off predators! It also highlighted the sheer amount of research the Disney production team carried out in order to try and make their animated oceans as true-to-life as possible. (I actually managed to name a number of species purely through my Finding Nemo knowledge). Moreover, seeing the blue whale and how it feeds on krill was an incredible experience and I am exceptionally jealous of the camera people who experienced this first hand.
I eagerly await the next episode, where I will be live tweeting at @thesciencetree and will write a blog post after sharing my favourite parts from that episode.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Fear

I thought coming back to university would be a walk in the park, in comparison to working a 9-5 job (I say 9-5 but I was in at 7.30 and left at almost 7pm on occasions). I was looking forward to the safe haven which uni provided, a routine of lectures, labs and tutorials. Only, I had forgotten the stress, the deadlines and the complete difference between university labs and working in an industrial laboratory.

This academic year I embarked on the first year of my integrated masters' course. At first, I was completely terrified of the expectations required from me, the jump in what they expected me to be able to do, and just generally worried about having forgotten everything in my year out. However, after the first week, I settled down, realised I knew more than I thought and now 7 weeks in, I've actually been enjoying all aspects of this course. I am so glad I changed my degree! Not only do I get to spend another year at uni (which is my favourite place) but I am able to work towards a higher level degree which will be so beneficial in the future, particularly as I do not know whether I want to undertake a PhD currently.

I'm not too sure where I was going with this post today, but I felt the need to share my little fear factor. I think I've learnt that you should aim for goals which terrify you in order to receive the greatest reward.

'Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.' 
Marie Curie