If you’re a prospective student you might be wondering what we students actually get up to on a daily basis, so I thought I’d share a typical “day in the life”. This year there doesn’t seem to be such a thing as a typical day for me, but I’ve tried to choose a fairly normal day. The day I chose was Friday 24th November, so here’s what I got up to.
The day started with breakfast (a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee) followed by heading into uni for an Igneous Petrogenesis lecture at 10 am. Today we were learning about evolution of magma in magma chambers. As usual, the class ended up as more of a discussion than a lecture as there’s only ten people taking this module (only 20 people are doing 4th year geology) which means there’s more participation than when there’s 100 people in the room.
Afterwards it’s midday which means lunch time. I grabbed a bagel from the Students’ Union Food Market then spent some time writing up some notes in my MGeol Project diary and reading over my notes for my seminar in the afternoon. At 2 pm I had a seminar for Hot Topics, a module where we discuss current issues in geology and debate the best solutions. Today’s topic was whether money should be invested in earthquake prediction or if it would be better spent on preparing for disasters instead. Each session has 2 presenters who give presentations on the opposing sides of the argument then we have a group discussion and are assessed on our contributions.
Afterwards I caught up with some emails then met some friends for a coffee before heading home. As it’s the end of a busy week I didn’t feel like cooking anything so me and my housemates went to our local chip shop instead. Usually I’d be doing some work in the evenings, but as it’s Friday Night it’s time to unwind, so I headed out for a bar crawl with SLUGS (Students of Leicester Universities Guides and Scouts). We’re quite a small society meaning that it was a fairly relaxed bar crawl compared to some other ones I’ve been on. After a trip round a few of our favourite bars in Leicester complete with challenges themed around scout badges I headed to Mosh (one of Leicester’s nightclubs) and met up with my housemates and some of their friends who were visiting for the weekend.
After a busy day I enjoyed a nice lie-in on Saturday morning!