Author: Rhetoric & Mythos

What Will I Do When I Finish My Degree?

I started my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Keele University in September 2016. It was a long process to get here, I originally applied to and had an offer from  King’s College London – my first choice university for the same course, but unfortunately due to a lack of motivation I didn’t bother studying for the Biology A Level I had decided to finish by self-studying during my gap year. I missed my offer, and I was gutted. I had soon looked up the best courses on offer through clearing and promptly contacted Keele who offered me a place right away. It was a relief to say the least. In this whole time, not once did I stop to consider why I was struggling so much to motivate myself to study… I think the easiest place to start this story is right back when I first began school. I loved reading. I loved writing. I loved art. Maths was easy, but that didn’t mean I loved it. My parents tell me stories of me …

BUCS XC and a Night Out in London

After a thoroughly exhausting weekend I am now sat in the university library trying to catch up on life. I left campus at 6pm Friday evening with the Cross Country team and we travelled to Brunel University for BUCS cross country arriving at just gone 10pm and then sorting our race kit ready for the following morning before eating and stretching and then heading to bed. My friend and I woke at 4:30 the next morning (almost 4 hours before our alarms were due to go off) and spent the next few hours restless and nervous for the day ahead. We got up at around 7:30 giving up on any hope of falling back asleep and started getting ready to leave. The team got taxis to the race location and all met in a group close to the finish line. Once the team had regrouped we found a spot on the field and set up the gazebo and groundsheet to try and keep our bags and kit dry – it was raining and there was …

I Made My Goals for 2018 in the Middle of January

It shouldn’t matter when we set our goals and intentions – what should matter is that we actually follow them up and stick to them. I originally made some quick, off-the-top-of-my-head “New Year’s Resolutions” on the 31st December, but by the 3rd day into the new year I had already forgotten what they were! So, whilst taking a short study break after sitting my second (out of four) exams for the January exam period, I decided that I would sit down and think properly about what I really hope to achieve this year – somehow I ended up with 8 (some of them are pretty small changes I would like to make). I’ve categorised them all and explained each goal/intention, perhaps you might like to borrow a few of mine? Let me know in the comments what your goals are for 2018. [Environmental] No wrapping paper, paper gift bags or sellotape (use fabric, natural twine and decorations such as foliage from the garden). This one is not only an environmental goal, but also a challenge …

Final Day of Skiing – Finland

Sadly, today was our final day skiing in Finland. The slopes opened later (at midday) as it was New Year’s Day, so we left the chalet at 10:40 to catch the 11am bus to the ski resort. The 11 o’clock bus didn’t come, so at about five past, we started walking in the direction of the slopes. We walked about 3km before stopping for hot chocolate and catching the 12 o’clock bus the rest of the way. Turned out the walk to the ski resort from the chalet was actually 7km – a lot further than we thought! After reaching the ski resort we kitted up and hit the slope. I spent the first half hour with my mum and then when she went inside to warm up I went off on my own and bumped into my dad at the bottom of the T-bar lift where I was deliberating whether or not I should do a very long blue run from the top of the mountain. I went through the lift gate before giving …

Third Day Skiing + The Snow Village – Finland

After two days of ski lessons in the morning followed by further practice in the afternoons we hit the slopes on our own right from the start this morning. My mum came back today after being ill yesterday so I spent the first half hour with her going through braking and turning again. When she headed inside to warm up and get a hot chocolate I went off to explore some of the rest of the slopes available. After one or two runs down the easiest slopes right next to the resort I met my brother and we went off to explore some of the slopes further afield. After a few easy runs down some fun blue runs we hopped on a T-bar lift together and headed up to another blue run further up the mountain. Little did we know how bad the visibility was going to be, or how steep and how much more technical this run would be! We started off slowly, lots of controlled turns to maintain consistent speed, but being unable …

Second Day Skiing – Finland

Our second day of skiing involved a chilly walk to the bus stop followed by a short bus journey to the slopes. Unfortunately my mum didn’t join us today as she was feeling sick, but hopefully she will come tomorrow! We got our kit on and headed outside to meet Saara (our ski instructor) for our morning lesson. We started with the baby slope again, practicing our turns and did a fun drill that required trying to traverse across the slope on only one ski! Then we moved on to a fun bumpy slope, the visibility was really bad and I fell going over a bump I missed – oops! After a a few runs down the bumpy slope we moved on to a much steeper slope, this was so much fun! However, the extreme cold due to high winds, and the low visibility meant that we decided to leave the slopes and catch the bus back to the chalet when our lesson ended. Another great morning of skiing though!!

First Experience of Skiing – Finland

After a late night viewing the aurora last night (unfortunately I didn’t get any good photos), we were up and out early to get to the slopes for our first lesson! The views were stunning and completely unforgetable; as was the experience of skiing for the first time. Our lesson started at 10am with Saara instructing us in the very basics including how to put on our skis and how to position ourselves. Once we had the skis on we learnt how to go forwards and how to brake (using the snowplough method). Then we traversed across  to the top of the easiest slope to practice our braking initially, progressing on to learning how to turn. After a few runs down the slope our lesson was over and we headed back to the main building where we warmed up a little, bought our ski passes and drank hot chocolate! Then back to the slopes we went for an afternoon of practicing all the new skills from the morning. By about 2:30, it was so cold …