I’ve been a third year for 4 weeks now, and I can already tell this year’s going to fly by. With lectures, socials, keeping up with friends, and the scary scary task of finding a job, I’m certainly making up for my quiet summer holidays, but so far it has been great fun.
One of the best things about third year is being able to choose your modules. The first two years here at Leicester have an almost fixed set of modules, and although it’s great that I have a really good basis in most areas of mathematics, I’m very excited about being able to concentrate on just the parts that interest me most. This year I’m taking number theory,which studies whole numbers (especially prime numbers) and their properties.
I’m also trying to take a bigger role in the maths department by taking a place on the Euler house committee. At Leicester, our department is split into four houses, just like Harry Potter, where we meet up to discuss maths, have related talks, and, best of all, eat lots of free pizza. They’re all named after famous mathematicians, and Euler was definitely the best one. If anybody is taking further maths a level you may have come across his famous formula
In first and second year you will also have computer classes and some problem classes with the rest of your house, and it is a great way to meet friends in a smaller group than in lectures. I also love that it’s a way of meeting up with students from other years, especially the older ones who have all been there before you. The houses are also run by students, for students, as are many things at Leicester. I am social representative, so this year I’m hoping to organise trips and activities for the whole house to enjoy.
Overall, I’m having a great year so far, and can’t believe I’m so far in already. I’ll be updating this blog regularly to let you know how things are going, and a few bits of information about life at university.