After 3 weeks of lectures here's what I now think of my modules:
Vertebrates: Interesting - I like vertebrates, they don't freak me out (okay, some do ), I am one, they're pretty easy to understand. Our lectures are quite manic writing-wise - I get through about 5 pages of notes per lecture (on thin ruled paper) and find it hard to keep up at times. At the minute we're going through various systems (skeletal, respiratory, circulatory etc.) each week and we have 2 lectures to cover all 5 vertebrate groups. We haven't had a practical yet but there are 4 to do and they each involve disecting an animal (oh dear Bob no )
Which brings me on to Invertebrates: I don't like invertebrates - they're interesting but on the most part they freak me out. I like insects as long as I can't see them in detail, anything without a face is okay to an extent and I hate the mouthparts of pretty much everything with one So far we've had to cut open a lugworm, which even with gloves on was horrific to hold. As far as I'm aware this is the first disection I've ever done and I did not enjoy it. Especially since the thing's gametes spewed out everywhere As far as I'm aware we have to disect a crab and a snail in the next couple of weeks - here are my issues with the crab: a crab is a big complex animal with lots of legs, horrific mouthparts and I don't want to touch it let alone cut it open. There's a reason I don't eat sea food
Behavioural Ecology is good. It's interesting, the lecturer is engaging, the subject matter isn't hard to follow, the practicals have been easy. For the next few weeks we have to keep track of bird feeders we've placed on campus so I'm going to be spending some time every day checking them. Other than that the subject's good.
Health and the Food Chain is a very eclectic module. So far we've looked at basic food webs, fungi, meat grading (), GM food, livestock and ruminants. I didn't want to take this module (but had to due to lack of a better option) but I expected it to be more about diet than food regulations.
If anyone saw my poll this week you'll know that I handed in an assignment at the last minute. I wasn't getting anywhere so I went to bed and got up at 4am to go to campus. I'm not proud of myself for leaving it that late but I was struggling to focus on it and the pressure of having such a limited time to finish it was fairly helpful.
In the last week I've seen a play and a film - Terry Pratchett's Maskerade which was very good and the Black Swan which was somewhat disturbing. Other than that my work has took up much of my time and procrastination has taken up the remainder
I go home next Friday and everything's looking good at the minute. I don't have anything on as far as I'm aware so I can go back earlier than usual. I'm expecting the weekend to go by pretty quickly but it will be nice to be home for a couple of days. Two family members have birthdays on the same day so we're travelling on that day to celebrate them together. I didn't want to have to travel during my time home but it's the only way I'll spend time with my mum on her birthday. I've still got to work out when I'll be seeing my dad and my friends.
A nice bonus of going home is that I'll finally get to pick up my Emoticon Stressballs. I ordered them just after Christmas and they arrived the day after I came back to uni I'm also intending to bring back some things as well as take down some presents so it looks like I'll be bringing back as much as I took. At least I won't be bringing back a bag full of cake this time
Last week I asked people to help me set myself a challenge. I'm still working out what I'm doing but if anyone wants to try the challenge just follow the link.
My projects are still running so feel free to join if you want to.
There are still things on my list of things to do that I have yet to start but I have to keep trying to fit them around things
And that's pretty much it. Thanks for reading (unless you didn't, in which case: )