Hello, I am the new physics blogger for the website and I’m pretty excited about getting to write about my university experience in the form of this blog. I just finished the first year of my BSc Physics course at Leicester, which focused on some of the most fundamental topics in physics – dynamics, light and matter, electricity and magnetism, and waves and quanta. Alongside these core modules we also had two maths modules, lab work, and four optional modules. Since I didn’t pick a specialty such as astrophysics I was free to pick whichever modules I wanted out of the five options each semester. I opted for an interesting mix of space technology, great experiments, digital electronics and modern physics.
What I found most surprising about the course was that I actually started enjoying the lab work, maybe because it seemed a lot more independent than anything I did in college and felt like we actually achieved something from doing the experiments. The optional module assessments were also fun for me because we could take as much time as we needed to do them and I got to write essays for the first time ever. After finishing my end of year exams in May, I received my results about a month later and I am very happy about passing all my modules.
Outside of the course it was quite hard to settle into university life, especially in the first term, because I had chosen not to stay in halls but later on in the year it became easier. I ended up doing quite a lot with the Oxfam Society and met some great people through it and I also joined Parkour Society later in the year. Although the first year of university wasn’t the easy ride that many people expected it to be academically, I know that second year will be a new challenge altogether. This time however, I think I will be more prepared for it. I want to try out more societies, keep being involved in things in Leicester outside of uni and I want to try to attend every lecture I can. I know Leicester the city and Leicester the university pretty well now and I can’t wait to come back. I’ll be blogging everything I think will be of interest along the way!