“Hey Daisy, why’s it called Back to Biology?”
Well... this is actually my second attempt at getting a degree. I went to uni in 2017 to study Cancer Biology, it was a Russell Group uni and I did absolutely no research into things like the modules or assessment methods, I purely went because (at the time) it was the only undergrad degree in the UK on Cancer.
When I got there I realised what a massive mistake I had made, but having put so much pressure on myself to get in to this uni and having worked so hard to get in I felt I couldn’t back out.
The staff were exceptionally unhelpful - I went to my personal tutor to explain my concerns, and (I kid you not) her reply to me was “well how are you going to cope in year 2 if you’re struggling already”. Not encouraging.
Unfortunately I found the pressure all too much. I decided to quit about a month before the summer exams, which in hindsight was silly but hey, you live and learn!
Being at this uni really knocked my confidence, I felt I wasn’t able to keep up with the workload, I didn’t understand every lecture, I felt I didn’t have time to read everything I needed to read, I couldn’t remember everything I wanted to remember, and overall I just felt like a big old failure.
Before quitting I applied to accepted a place at another university, with less demanding entry requirements, to start 6 months later in September 2018. However, when I got home I decided to have a complete break from anything academic, so deferred my start date to September 2019.
I think this break did me the world of good, as it made me realise how much I miss science-ing and has given me time to reflect on things from my first attempt. I am now ready to give this whole degree thing another shot, and I’m going in with a clear mind and fresh bout of motivation. I’ve got a better idea of how to prioritise and divide my time, and feel really positive that this time I will make it! I can’t wait to get BACK TO BIOLOGY 💕✨