As the end of the academic year approaches many third years find themselves panicking about the prospect of adult life. The questions ‘what on earth will I do next year?’ and ‘will my parents cry if I move back home?’ are circling through the heads of many finalists.
At Christmas I found myself in the exact same situation. I knew I wanted to continue in education and eventually complete a PhD, but where? And on what topic? Amidst panic revising for my January exams I found myself searching for postgraduate courses online. Of course Exeter University would have been a great place to continue my education, but none of the masters courses were quite right for me and what I wanted to do. Then I came across an advert for a PhD with the Centre for Integrated Research in Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA), and it seemed PERFECT. The official title was ‘Whole foods as an aid to enhance recovery, muscular strength and functional performance in older adults’. Effectively, the project was looking to find foods that could help to prevent a decline in strength and muscle mass often associated with ageing. I immediately put together an application.
Joining the boat club when I got to University was an easy decision. Rowing since I was in Year 9, my main two questions attending University open days were “how good is the boat club” and “how good is Sports Science”. It goes without saying that Exeter came out number one.
Rowing in my first year was a great way to make friends. The girls you row with become your social circle and cheesy though it is, will be your friends all through university and way beyond graduation. It’s not uncommon for rowers that graduated two years ago to come back and pay the squad a visit, with the same being said for those that quit rowing at some point throughout university life holding onto the social ties they’ve made during their time at EUBC (Exeter University Boat Club). (more…)