Between the monotonous days in the lab that are quickly drawing to a close and writing up results, my girlfriend and I made some time to take a break, heading up north to her parents and down south to mine. Long walks along Tandle Hill on the outskirts of Manchester felt a far cry from lasers and superfluids, and it was good to get some distance before the big hand-in up ahead. It was also a chance to begin planning for the future, as in a few months I’ll be moving down to Oxford while my girlfriend’s only just finishing the second of her four-year PhD here at Leicester. With regular weekend trips planned we decided to get a car! And by we I mean her…as I’m living off my band overdraft…but I’ll be paying half the insurance once I’m on a PhD salary..! Setting these things in motion only serves to highlight just how close it is to graduation before packing everything up and starting somewhere new. This Friday we’ll be putting the car to the test in driving down to Brighton for the weekend, after which it’ll be the library everyday till June!
David has now graduated from the University of Leicester. I’m currently a fourth year natural sciences student on the Msci course, with the aim to go onto a PhD. I have a great interest in areas of research that cross more than one discipline, in particular astrobiology and computational chemistry, so I knew this course was what I was looking for. Outside of my course I’m pretty into amateur astronomy, running and will generally be at a piano any chance I get.