Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Reflection and Relaxation

Finally modelling week is over or should I say fortnight?  We had 1 week to do our group presentation and 1 week to write up our report. My group and I received the brief on Monday afternoon and had to perform our presentations on Friday afternoon. Talk about pressure. After completing the presentation we had to complete a written report. I don’t know about you, but I find writing a group report extremely difficult. It’s so easy to have contrasting viewpoints on the same topic, especially when you’re working with 5 other people.
The scenario for our presentation was that the company we were representing was selling Christmas trees alongside another two companies also selling Christmas trees within the local market. The aim of the project is to come up with the best possible price to sell our Christmas trees for. 
The really surprising thing was that even though I submitted the report before midnight Friday, we received our results before our 2pm lecture on Monday. Now that really was fast. The good news is that I did get a first class mark, one that I worked hard for. Even though I am pleased with my mark, I would have like to achieve a higher mark. Nevertheless, I aim to achieve better marks in the remaining assignments and of course the final exams.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Back to Uni

The first week of term has started and I had my first class of the New Year. My new project for this term is a modelling week assignment. This assignment is a weeklong and involved working in groups of 6/7 (in my case 6) on an unseen, unknown real life based problem. Our real life problem is quite interesting yet challenging at the same time. I won’t go into the details today but stay tuned to next week’s blog to find out the topic of my group project.
I am pretty glad to be back to uni life as I get to see my closest friends again. Of course we did keep in touch with each other through phone calls and texts, but it’s just not the same as seeing each other face to face. We had so much gossip to catch up on, that we preferred to talk during the actual lecture rather than listen to what the lecturer had to say. However, seeing as yesterday was the first day back, our lecturer gave us a half hour break in between the two hour lecture so that we could go out and buy some snacks and also complete some questions based on what we had learned during the first hour of the class. Furthermore instead of having a tutorial class lasting one hour, my group and I finished our discussion on how to organise the project pretty early and so I got to go home half an hour earlier than I usually do. So overall my first day back was pretty great.
Keep reading my blog to find out about my modelling week project and also how I performed on the presentation. Till then ciao ;)

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

NEW YEAR!

Well it is the first week of the New Year and I thought it would be fitting to begin with a few New Year resolutions. Yes, I know that this seems like the thing we used to talk about during primary school, but you know there is a child in me somewhere and I’m eager to let it out.
My new year’s resolution is to spend more time with my family. You see the thing with me is that even though everyone was at home this Christmas holidays, I was in my room. I had bought a laptop a few days after Boxing Day and therefore have spent the last week or so in my bedroom getting better acquainted with my laptop. I don’t even watch TV anymore because I know I can catch up with everything on BBC iplayer.  Currently my favourite television programmes are; Eastenders, Holby City and Silent Witness.
I enjoy watching Silent Witness because although it’s a criminal drama investigating murders, the characters do so in a scientific way; through pathology and forensic experiments. As you may have guessed, I am really interested in science. I find it fascinating and intellectually stimulating. My favourite character for sure is Nikki Alexander, portrayed by Emilia Fox. She’s really passionate and determined when going about her work. Even though she’s extremely skilled and confident in her profession as a forensic pathologist, she’s really down to earth and lively. She’s easy going and makes friends quickly.
The best thing about having a laptop is that I can use it whenever I want and I don’t have to share with my brothers (as they can use the house computer) and also I can catch up on my favourite dramas whenever I feel like it.