The Dissertation Blog – Week 2

How in 1200 words (which I initially thought was 2200, cue one hell of a word cut-down!) can you explain an entire research proposal, including background, hypothesis and actual plan of action?! I can’t help but feel I sound like a five year old reeling off seal facts. And hey, why doesn’t anyone just publish fun animal facts? I need to reference basic seal biology but can I find it anywhere in a peer reviewed journal unless you want to get crazy technical? No, no I can’t. Thank you IUCN for being the one website I can still use as a credible source!

The Dissertation Blog – Week One

The 11th September marked one very obvious, sombre occasion and another, slightly less obvious one – the first day of term for Aberdeen University students. And for those of us 4th year students in the School of Biological Sciences, that means the dreaded dissertation, honours project, thesis, whatever you want to call it, officially began! The next four months will be filled up by a range of experiences for everyone! Lab work, field work, risk assessments, desk based analysis, shouting at statistical analysis software, or maybe being sat out in the cold and rain for hours on end. We’re all here, all powering through.

Breaking the Mold – Why I Went to University Late

Going to university late is the best decision I’ve ever made. I know what my end goal is, and so I’m more determined to get to it. I’ve done the 18 year old party thing, so I never make excuses and go on a night out the day before a 9am lecture or a big deadline. Having already worked, I’m more organised and able to work multiple deadlines under pressure. Having lived in my own place, I knew what to look for in accommodation and had no nasty surprises about setting up bills or living costs. I already knew how to cook and do my own laundry. I knew how to exploit the experience to get the most out of it, and further my job prospects at the end.

So, you want to be a Marine Biologist?

Conjure up the words “Marine Biologist” and the image of a tanned young woman leaping from a yacht into a vibrant coral reef, where she immediately begins a happy dance with a friendly dolphin comes to mind. Sadly, that is not marine biology and trust me, if I could get paid to do that, I would! Marine Biology is a huge, diverse subject covering a range of environments, animals, plants and ecological systems. It is not just cuddling dolphins in warm climates. If that’s what you want to do, save your money. Don’t go to uni. Get on a plane and head to the States and get a job at Seaworld (and don’t update me on your progress because I hate Seaworld! #EmptyTheTanks!).