It’s that time of year still when you may be thinking about what subject to do at university and I would just like to share with you some of the reasons I chose to study Biological Sciences and why it was the right decision for me!
I chose biosciences after previously starting a different degree at a different uni which I didn’t enjoy because it wasn’t the right course for me! I chose to study bio because I looked back to school and thought about what had interested me and then spent some time watching videos and reading articles in the subject area. Turns out it all fascinated me and I decided to apply for a bio course. I picked Leicester for a few reasons but a big one was because it offered a common first year for all bioscience students and this year also included biochemistry. This mattered to me because I wanted the option to study some biochemistry as I hadn’t done Chemistry at A2 level, but I also didn’t want to have to pick modules in my first year because I didn’t know what I was most interested in at that point.
I am so glad I picked this subject for many reasons, here are just a few:
- Contact hours – we have a lot of taught contact hours especially in first year which was really good for me. I need to have taught sessions to keep me focused, interested and motivated!
- Labs – I loved that we got a lot of lab time in each of our modules. It’s an area I never felt comfortable doing in school and I never really understood what I was doing. Uni was totally different to this for me and I got a lot out of the lab sessions and it made me want to do an experimental final year project (dissertation) which I have been doing this term.
- Job prospects – science graduates are generally quite sort after which is great, not only that but this course doesn’t tie you down to one career, there are loads of options from research, to industry lab based jobs, to completely unrelated field such in business.
- Making friends – because you have a lot of contact hours and lab sessions you get to know people on your course really quickly – some of my best friends and my current housemates I met on my course during first year!
- Module options – at Leicester you can either chose to specialise onto a degree stream which will dictate some of your modules (genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, neuroscience, zoology, physiology with pharmacology, and that’s not to mention the medical sciences streams!) or you can do the general biosciences degree and pick whichever modules you want (assuming they don’t clash in the timetable) which is what I do. I love this because I’ve been able to pick modules that interest me and I mostly do genetics, ecology and zoology modules. Plus if you do some modules you may even get to go on a field trip or two, I went to Majorca last year (I’ve also written a post about this – go and check it out!).
I obvious I love my course and I think it’s a great option for what you could study at uni, but the most important thing is that you pick the right course for you, maths, drama, whatever it is, because it’ll make such a big difference to how much you enjoy your time at university!!