I’m so excited to be back interviewing our students about their life at Suffolk. I recently caught up with Raquel, a second year Bioscience student, who told me all about her experience so far at uni.
It’s really interesting for me, as a Sociology student, to hear about other student’s experiences, especially when they are so different from my own.
What does your time in uni look like?
So sometimes I have lectures that start at 11am and finish at 3pm. We get a long break during the day and after every hour or so we get a 10 minute break just to refocus and get a drink.
Sometimes the day is longer and sometimes shorter, so you get a bit of variety.
Do you get a mixture of practical and theory?
Oh, yes, we do! What I really like is we learn the theory and then we apply what we’ve learnt in our theory onto the practical. So after a theory class, the next will be a practical. We get to see the practical before and we read through all the steps.
On the day, they show us how to do it and we often work in pairs. It depends on the module, but it’s usually 50/50 between theory and practical.
What would you like to do in the future?
I’d like to be a neuroscientist. In Bioscience, I’m learning about the whole body and then neuroscience will narrow it down to one part of the body.
What made you choose Bioscience?
With Bioscience, we learn different things about the body, like the anatomy and physiology. We look at every system in the body, from the nervous system to the cardiovascular system.
It’s quite a broad course, so for those who aren’t sure about what they want to go into, they can choose what they like throughout the course.
What do you do outside of lectures?
I like art, drawing, and I really want to learn how to sew. I also go to the social sports classes by the Students' Union, especially HIIT. Outside of lectures, I also have to get my work done, revise and look into my subject, but of course, you need a balance.
Do you balance your work and social life?
There’s days that you have to sacrifice your “me time” especially when it’s close to exams or deadlines. I think it’s still really important to balance your time, otherwise you get too stressed out.
What advice would you give to a Bioscience applicant?
For those who are worried, just don’t stress! If you’re worried you won’t be able to cope, just make sure you go to lectures.
Lecturers are really good if you don’t understand something, you can ask them straight away if you have a question because it’s a smaller class size. Just persevere through it and you’ll learn lots of skills like writing assignments and time management. I’m sure you’ll love it!