Ten Miles to a New World (2020/21 GYG)

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MidnightSymphony
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Don’t worry about sounding ‘smug’ or whatever, it’s your blog! I’m glad the first exam went well, and I’m sorry to hear that today’s one didn’t go to plan :yep:

Holding up okay, just impatient for when the gov says more about what’s happening with our exams :lol:
Ah, thank you (I'll still feel conscious about it though but thanks xD)

Oh God, yeah, that must be an absolute nightmare. The inconsistency is annoying even me, and obviously I'm not in Year 13. Is there an outcome you're hoping for with regards to the plans? I can't personally see how they can go ahead with anything. End of the day, my exams last year were cancelled with 7 teaching weeks left of the year well after we had begun revising, and most of the students in the country would have been in the same position with, other than a few exceptions for modules taught in a different order, the same knowledge of our courses which we had almost completed in full. My point being, that was our situation, in which on reflection they could possibly have gone ahead with full exams virtually if desired, but they opted not to which I was very grateful for, so to do it to you guys who've missed almost your entire A-Level years seems offensive.

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Ahhh very well done with Structure and Bonding! pity about the other exam, but in the long run it's unlikely to matter.

Yeah I also miss being able to talk about non-academic things for longer than one sentence :emo:
Thanks! Yeah, true.

God yeah, I never think about it too much normally but when I come to write updates it hits me how little I do nowadays, or at least how little of my days I can remember because I remember nothing, either, probably down to sheer monotony
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Well done with the Structure and Bonding exam and the very high overall module mark! Sorry to hear that the other one didn't go as well, but it probably won't matter much in the long-run.

Haha, I've not really been out of the house since the new year so can relate. Just finished a Zoom seminar for politics which went really well and I need to get through some pre-recorded lectures for tomorrow's Zoom seminar for my Policy Process module. I'm still working on assignments and have written 200 words so far for my Victimisation and Social Harm assignment (I hate the recommend structure they've given us).
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WELL DONE on completing your exams :woo:

Hope you get chance to relax the next few days
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Well done with the Structure and Bonding exam and the very high overall module mark! Sorry to hear that the other one didn't go as well, but it probably won't matter much in the long-run.

Haha, I've not really been out of the house since the new year so can relate. Just finished a Zoom seminar for politics which went really well and I need to get through some pre-recorded lectures for tomorrow's Zoom seminar for my Policy Process module. I'm still working on assignments and have written 200 words so far for my Victimisation and Social Harm assignment (I hate the recommend structure they've given us).
Thanks! Yeah, hope so. Hope your assignment goes well! How big is the assignment overall?

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WELL DONE on completing your exams :woo:

Hope you get chance to relax the next few days
Thanks very much! Yes, I'll try. I've been lost today, I won't lie. I'm not at all used to having nothing to do
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Thanks! Yeah, hope so. Hope your assignment goes well! How big is the assignment overall?
You're welcome, mate! The politics assignment is looking good, I've made a minor amendment to the penultimate paragraph and cut out necessary words elsewhere to briefly add in some more points and re-wrote the conclusion. I've made a start to the second assignment which is for my victimology module which I'll aim to complete tomorrow and then I aim to get on with the third which is for my policy process module. The big 2,000 reflective journal for research methods, I'll save till last as it shouldn't take me long to do - it's just daunting.
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well done on your module mark!! :woo:
glad to hear both went at least okay :hugs:
i'm doing alright thank you, back in cardiff but doesn't feel hugely different from home!!
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Mon Jan 25-

Another relatively brief update coming up here because I actually have a lecture in 25 minutes so I'm writing this to fill time until then.

To round off last term, I had my module mark back today for the module which included Tuesday's exam. I had 61% overall, which is a drop from my pre-exam average but not terrible by any means and I will happily take that going forward, especially given the car-crash of an exam I assumed last Tuesday's exam to be, as I made really quite clear on here xD

We have begun Term 2 work today and have started two of my three new modules, with the third starting tomorrow. I'll give an overview:

Chemical Reactions 2
This is going to be a 100% organic unit for a while now until some inorganic comes in later and eventually some physical stuff crops up just before and just after Easter. This morning was the first in a very long lecture series on substitutions, involving developing on our concepts of electrophiles and nucleophiles and learning 4 mechanism series' for different ways to synthesise halogenoalkanes, and why they are very important components of many substitution reactions. On Thursday we will be looking more in-depth on nucleophilic substitutions involving developing our knowledge of SN1 and SN2 reactions.
...OK, did I sound sciencey enough there? Good.

Structure and Bonding 2
This started earlier with the maths and physics component of the course, looking at differentials and integrals in real-world application, and in 20 minutes we're going to look at another part of the unit, analytical techniques, which sounds easy but I find it to one of the harder areas of chemistry. In practice, obviously, analysis of a sample is a relatively simple process, as is using analytical data to predict a structure, but to break down an analytical technique in-depth and look at everything it can do and why it's used and why would we use this as opposed to that etc. is something I find hard to grasp. Nonetheless, I will throw myself at it all I can.

Tomorrow, then, we will be starting probably my favourite unit this year, Chemical Practice. This is designed for us to explore what we want to do upon graduation and focuses on three areas of chemical practice: research, industry and teaching. For this, we have to do such things as prepare teaching materials, attend (virtual, welcome to 2021) visits to chemical industrial companies, and all bar one of the departmental lecturers will be leading seminars on their research, allowing us a good insight into what we are dealing with in the research field. I find the whole concept incredibly interesting and am pretty excited to get started.

In terms of non-academia, it snowed yesterday here which it legit never does, and today everything is frozen. When I have not been in lectures, I've spent a fair portion of today with my sister (she's 12) in the back garden doing such things as throwing chunks of ice against the fence and de-icing the decking which was literally just an ice rink this morning. Yes, I may well be childish, but that's fun. I also went for a walk with my mother yesterday afternoon down to an area we walk to at least weekly; this place that used to be the site of a chemical works but since it was demolished 18 years ago has been a massive empty space which has since been reclaimed by nature. It's been a really nice place to go during covid because it's so open and empty- even on the rare occasion someone else is there, there's space in absolute abundance. I'll have to take pictures when I'm down there next, and shove them in an update. It was so beautiful there yesterday because the snow was basically unbroken in some areas which looked beautiful.

I'm always looking for more activities to take up right now but I know I need to take care not to overload myself in that sense. I think one of the major activities I ought to take up is some kind of fitness regime. Will think about that later. Either way, lecture is now in 5 minutes, so I will now disappear off to Zoom and stop writing this update. I hope you're all having a good day and lockdown isn't hitting too hard (btw, who's enjoying this lockdown more than the other one? Just me? Everyone's complaining about it coming around yet again but I actually find it more enjoyable in the winter because there's not really an incentive at this time of year to go anywhere anyway? And I can stay inside in the warm and do nothing? Eh, maybe it's just me)

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Well done on the exam mark, 61% isn’t bad at all and is very respectable. I’ve updated my blog today and I’ve now completed all my Autumn summative assignments which is a huge weight of my shoulders.

Not sure I can say that I’m enjoying being stuck indoors given England’s third national lockdown, but the Winter weather does warrant us staying in the warmth. Atm, I just need to find stuff to do in my spare time and work more effectively because currently, time doesn’t seem to mean anything to me anymore. Haha can defo relate about needing some form of a fitness regime. 😛
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Sat Feb 20-

OK so er it's been a while, shall we say? I will try and not leave it this long next time, because a month is slightly pushing it, let's be honest...

Work update first:

Structure and Bonding 2
This has very much been a mix. Part of it has been an analytical unit which I found quite dull initially but with the last week of it being this week coming, I don't really want to move away from it because actually it's been really good and insightful, and I seem to be doing rather well at it. The same cannot be said for the really hard maths and physics component we have to do this term. Again, the last week of that is this week coming and I cannot wait to leave it behind. It's difficult, it's dull as all hell to me (if I wanted to do pure maths I might have done a maths degree. I didn't) and in all honesty I've yet to work out the relevance of some of it? Like- the complex exponent- when do I need that in chemistry? Also this term we've had a co-ordination chemistry unit and rather excitingly we have returned to labs this week, and I have done co-ordination chemistry as my first lab back. It went terribly, but hey, it's one early sign of things looking up with regards to being let back outside. On that note, up to four people from two households can meet up in Wales as of today outdoors, but I've decided I'm not yet taking advantage of that. Next week's lab session is labelled "The Fat Lab" which sounds...messy, somehow. I have a lab report which I need to write by Friday now, so there's that, and we've also just gotten an email for our SB2 presentation which will be a group presentation though I assume obviously still done over Zoom, just before Easter.

Chemical Reactions 2
So far this has just been a very long series on organic substitutions, but this is nearly over now (if you hadn't noticed, almost everything is nearly over now, because this term is split in half on content). It's not been bad, and my marks for it have been good (especially for my general not-understanding-organic standard) but good God the lecturer has the ability to just talk and talk and talk and our organic lectures are double the length of some others as a result which stretches well beyond my attention span for a Zoom lecture at 10am.

Chemical Practice
So this is the kinda "what do you actually want to do with this degree?" unit, which is split into three components- teaching, industry, and research. We've had 10 of the 12 seminars we have planned for research now, with the other two in late April, and these have been interesting and a very good insight into the kind of research done in the sector- though a small catch has been that we've had to answer questions and complete a workshop associated with each seminar and that's been an issue because sometimes we've been more focused on finding the question answers than listening to what is being said. For industry we've had an overview of industry requirements and have started to complete a career development course, and on the 2nd and 5th of March we will be doing virtual visits to multiple chemical industries such as GSK and Perkin-Elmer. In a way, this is better than normal, because we are able to "visit" places which the department has previously not been able to visit when these were in-person due to long-distance constraints, but now we can quite freely online. The teaching element involves preparing resources which actual GCSE-level teachers can use in their virtual classes. Usually, the teaching element involves local schools visiting and us actually showing them lab techniques and them doing simple practicals but again what a year we live in. Usually, this would be spread out across the whole term, every other week in conjunction with labs, but the lack of lab access this term has meant most of the module was crammed into the first three weeks. It is now quieter and I get my Tuesdays off again which is great hehe I like days off who doesn't

Elsewhere in my life, I am going to get myself re-insured on my mother's car, so I can drive to labs (decided not to move back to halls, as I would be alone in my flat for weeks, which is rather not nice). I've been not-that-well for weeks now, as well, and obviously that has been depressing, and I wonder if the lack of going outside literally at all plays a part in it. I've taken two covid tests in this time period and both have come back negative so it doesn't seem to be that, but obviously no number of negative tests is going to magically cure whatever is actually wrong. I probably need to call the doctor, but I keep either forgetting or feeling like it's too much effort. I feel fatigued most of the time and largely just want to sleep.

Obviously it is not like much of anything else has happened, because we have been in lockdown, and kind of still are but not fully but kind of yeah, Wales is being weird again but at least it's not England amirite haha aaaanyway I'm going again but before I do I'm gonna reiterate something I said back in April last year which now feels like a stupid thing to have said then but I will repeat: this is all really hard, but remember that every day is a day closer to freedom. You're welcome. Or not.


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Sounds like you have a lot going on in your academic life since you last updated hehe. The career development course sounds interesting, especially the bit where you're able to learn more about chemical industries such as GSK in a virtual environment which may be better than doing so in-person due to various constraints.

I think you've made the right decision for yourself to make back to halls based on the fact that you'll essentially be alone for weeks and not really see anyone during the day, etc. which isn't nice obviously. I wish I got my driving licence already lol, Covid has literally put everything on hold. Sorry to hear that you've not been feeling that well in the past few weeks, maybe it's just the lack of physical interaction due to lockdown which is understandable - for me, each day just feels the same and my sleep pattern is really ****ed lol. Glad to hear that both your Covid tests came back negative - that's always reassuring! Defo speak to your doctor about how you're doing.

You're right in your concluding remarks about how we're gradually getting closer to freedom again when things are hard atm. For me, I'm currently struggling to keep up with the uni workload as I've fallen behind a little - apparently, 2nd year of second term is intense smh. Also, it's crazy how I'm already halfway through my degree when my first year ended abruptly last March. Absolute madness...
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sorry to hear you're not feeling great :console:
yeah i wouldn't like to be alone in a flat either! feels like a lot of people are back at cardiff uni but a sizeable amount of them are medics which makes sense :rofl:
i've been going on walks about 3-4 times a week and i do come back feeling miles better- might be worth going on a walk if you feel comfortable doing so?
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