Can’t believe I’ve nearly finished Uni.
It has FLOWN BY- I’m not ready to leave the Uni nest and enter the proper world of work… luckily I’m doing further study so don’t quite yet have to deal with responsibility of being an adult!

I can’t believe I’m almost finished at Leicester though. I arrived here as a clearing student after not getting into Medicine, thinking oh god I’m going to hate it. I had never even been to the campus, nor had I spoken to anyone about Leicester. Fast forward 3 years, and I can honestly say it’s been the best experience of my life. I love living in Leicester and have definitely made friends for life who I am so lucky to have. They have supported me throughout my highs and lows and I’m not sure where I’d be without them.

I tried to throw myself in the deep end and get involved with societies to help to build up my shattered confidence after not getting into Medicine. I then found out I had Dyspraxia, which was awful, but I was lucky enough to have great friends and a fantastic department to support me despite the setback.

Even though Chemistry was not my favourite A level, and at points of this degree I have hated it (including not loving revising for 4 exams right now!) it has definitely been the right decision. Chemistry has given the ability to think about WHY something happens not just accept it happens and regurgitate for an examination. My lecturers have been fantastic, helping me at many points in my degree to understand concepts I found difficult, even though they may have had multiple other things more pressing to do.
It’s that extra mile that they go to that really makes the difference, which is reflected in student satisfaction and results.
So, after these exams are done, I’ll be graduating, and although Leicester wasn’t my initial choice, it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.

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Hello, my name is Katie and I am a final year Chemistry student (yes, can't quite believe it myself!) I will be blogging about what I get up to in the Chemistry department and how to balance workload with sport. When not in lectures, even though it does seem like we spend all our time in them... I'll be either in the gym/ out at Mosh/O2 spending money on countless VKs (obviously tropical/ orange as green VKs are horrid!) I am also both dyslexic and dyspraxic, so will give an insight on what it's like and what you can do if you too have been diagnosed with a specific "learning difficulty" of similar nature.

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