Studying: B.Sc. (Hons) Biology (3rd year)
Ultimate ambition: To save a species from extinction
Life at University
I most enjoyed being around experts in their field, passionate about what they are doing – you learn a lot from them. I did a unit in my first year covering the different types of plants and animal and how biology interlinks. I found genetics quite challenging in the first year it gets more complicated than at A-Level. In my second year I have specialised in more environmental units, conservation and ecology. I did my field course in Mediterranean plant biodiversity in the Algarve. Before I didn’t really think about plants, but I really enjoyed working on them. I now volunteer at Bristol Museum, and am currently working on identifying a collection of plants for them. Meeting academics has made me realise how many opportunities there are that I was not aware about at school, such as the opportunity to work and travel.
How I got here
I chose biology because I have always been interested in plants and animals. I went to university straight from school, after doing my A-levels. I was thinking about having a gap year, but did not feel confident about travelling on my own. Bristol is only a couple of hours from home and it’s been a nice intermediate step. In the summer holiday after my first year of university I went away for a couple of months on my own to Greece working in a sea turtle rescue centre and this summer I am going to South Africa for whale and dolphin research. By the time I graduate I’ll be a lot more confident about travelling.
One of the rescued turtles at a rescue centre in Greece
I really enjoy marine biology and am interested in reptiles after working with turtles. I would really like to work on more conservation projects and I am also thinking about doing a Ph.D.
Research your degree very carefully. It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. Visit the city and learn a lot about the course you are going to do. If you are interested in a subject, it is a pleasure to study.