Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Weeks #24 And #25 In Review (2017)

All My Exams Done, End Of Second Year And Back Home For A Week


Sweets as a fuel for revision :)/ A day out in South Wimbledon/ Mcflurry's ice cream celebration./ I fell in love with roasted peanuts which got me through revision sessions./ Studying for my anatomy exam./ Post exam home cooked meal- chicken casserole.

My Quote Of The Week

"Sometimes God has to strip you off everything you can rely on so you will have no other choice but to trust Him"

It's been two weeks since my last post and I am very happy to say that I am now officially done with my second year of university. My first exam was the synoptic essay paper as I explained in the last post and the second exam was based on material we learnt in the last semester. My last exam was an anatomy exam and it was synoptic as well. I am very grateful that I won't be expected to learn anatomy anymore. At least I hope. The anatomy exam was quite tough in my opinion but it is all in the past now.

I am back home for a week and then I will be going back to London to start my summer vacation studentship. This summer is going to be very busy for me but I am really excited to see what it is going to bring.

I hope you all had an amazing week.
Thank you for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless

Sunday, 11 June 2017

My Week #23 In Review (2017)

I Voted For The First Time, Booked Some Shifts At Work And My First Exam In 5 Days

Immunology revision/ I voted for the first time/ Reproduction revision/ Revision sessions
My Favourite Quote Of The Week

"The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays"

This week wasn't very eventful. It was filled with endless revision sessions and essay planning. I am preparing for my first exam in a few days. It is going to be an essay synoptic exam so I am expected to know everything we have learnt this year. So far I would say that revision is going well. I've got a few days left to tighten loose ends so I am just trusting and hoping that this one goes well as it is worth so much more than the other two exams I've got.

I called up the hospital and booked a few HCA shifts for the end of June when I finish my exams. My Easter break was very busy and I didn't get the chance to do any shifts at all. I am on the bank rota and so if I don't do any shifts for a period of 6 months, they will take my name off the rota. I'm really blessed to have this job so I'd like to keep it. I'm looking forward to seeing my colleagues again :)

The UK general elections took place on Thursday and I voted for the first time. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I used to be one of those who couldn't be bothered about anything to do with politics. However, I realised that the government, our leaders and those in higher power have such a massive influence in our lives. They can make decisions that could have a huge impact on us and so if I do have the right to vote, then I might as well vote. I believe that God is in control and so we can only wait and see what the future holds for us.

I did another university vlog on the day of the election and if you would like to watch that, you can see the video below.

 

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

My Week #22 In Review (2017)

Christian Union Year In Review Meeting, End Of Lectures  And Searching For New Accommodation


Home cooked meal/ Learning about some types of cancers/ Revision session with my friends/ Journal entry

My quote of the week:
"Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together"

We had a whole week filled with lectures about cancer this week. It was our last week of lectures so that means I have 2 weeks left until exams begin. This means I have to catch up on all my notes and start my revision and essay planning as my first exam is a synoptic essay exam.

The members of the Christian Union committee organised a little event this week where we invited all the church leaders form the local churches in the area. We shared with them all the work we have been doing in the Christian Union for the past year and what we plan to do next year. It was a good opportunity to look back on our year and just talk about all the amazing things God did through the CU at the university. We talked about all our events like the grub crawl, text-a-toastie, missions week, lunch bars and so much more. It was also a brilliant opportunity to encourage the churches to get involved with the CU so we could form amazing relationships with them.

I am currently searching for new accommodation for next year. Some of you may remember my struggle to find a room last year as I had a whole post about it. It was a very stressful period for me and I had to stay back after my exams just to find a room. This time around, I want to move because even though my current room is really good, it is quite expensive and living in London as a student is not cheap at all. I would very much like to save as much money as I can so I will update you guys on my search soon.

How has your week been?
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Monday, 5 June 2017

My Week #21 In Review (2017)

My 21st Birthday, Really Nice Weather, Text-a-toastie, Birthday Dinner, Microbiology Practical, Talent Showcase And Going Home For The Weekend

It was my 21st birthday on the Monday/ Lectures about viruses/ I got a birthday gift which was a mini African map charm for my key chain :)/ It was a really sunny week/ My own special toastie at our text-a-toastie event/ Making more mind maps

Celebrating a birthday party/ Went out with my friends to an African restaurant (805) to celebrate my birthday. The food was really good/ We were growing bacteria in the lab for our microbiology practical/ I went home for the weekend and my mum had completely redecorated my room. I absolutely loved it/ I went out for a meal with my parents and my siblings. The food was really good at Turtle Bay :)

My Reminder For The Week
"God has a plan for you. It is good and it is perfect. Always remember God's plan"


So this week I turned 21 and I had a really lovely day because the weather was really nice. It is almost exam season now at uni and because everyone was busy, we couldn't do anything on the day of my birthday so we had to celebrate on the Wednesday by going to an African restaurant in Peckam called 805. The food was really amazing and I had a lovely time with my friends. Moments like this remind me about how blessed I am in terms of the friends I've got and also my family :)

We also had a text-a-toastie event on my birthday at the university's halls of accommodation where we encouraged the first years to send in questions about God, Jesus and the Bible and then we would take a toastie to them and answer their questions. It was very nice to be part of the amazing team putting this together as events like this always encourage me.

We also had our last practical of the year this week. It was a microbiology one so we grew a lot of bacteria. We had to grow bacteria from our hands and from our phones and we also grew bacteria from a urine sample and a faecal sample. We did some tests to check for antibiotic resistance and we also did some gram staining so we could try and identify the bacteria under the microscope. We covered a lot of stuff which was fun. I find microbiology quite interesting but I don't think it is something I would want to do every day as my job. At least now I know the amount of bacteria I carry around with me everyday.

We also had the university's talent Showcase this week. I entered as part of an African dance group and I also sang with the Gospel Choir. The Gospel Choir won the Showcase including the £300 cash prize so I thought that was really amazing :)

Finally, I went home for the weekend to spend it with my family. We went out for dinner on Saturday evening and we had an amazing time at church the next day. I had to leave early to come back to London for uni  but the whole week was an amazing one and I am grateful to God for that.

How was your week?
Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My Week #20 In Review (2017)

Another Clinical Workshop, Handed In My Last Practical Write Up, Applied For The Transfer, Revision In The Dissection Room And I Registered To Vote

My lovely flatmates made a delicious roast dinner/ I handed in my last practical write up of the year/ Fruit pancake and ice cream/ Chicken curry pancakes and rice/ During one of my immunology lectures. The picture shows an immune cell (a macrophage in purple) engulfing bacteria (in green)

My Quote Of The Week

"Jesus gives hope. Jesus is everything so I'm going to stick with Jesus"

This week, we had another clinical workshop. This time, it was all about meningitis. We had different lectures about the cause, symptoms, investigations and we even looked at some other microbiological aspects of it. One of the lecturers kept picking on students to answer questions. He picked on me to answer a question about the symptoms of septic shock and it was kinda scary but I survived.

This week, I also handed in my last practical write up for this year. It is kind of crazy to think that exams are getting really close as each day passes by. Very soon, I will be done with my second year of university. I also finally sent off my application for the transfer to medicine so I just need to try and work hard now to get the required grades (God willing).

My friends and I had a revision session in the dissection room and it was really helpful for me. We haven't had any DR sessions since before Easter and are going to be examined everything we  have learnt from September. It is not surprising to say that I don't remember any of the things we covered at the beginning of the year and so these revision help me remember all the material I might have forgotten.

I also met up with one of my friends from college over the weekend. We met up in Central London and we went to eat at ta really nice pancake restaurant. I had a chicken curry pancake and rice. It was really good and I never thought that I would have loved that combination but I did. It was nice to see my friend again and catch up. Hopefully we will be able to meet up again over the summer.

I also finally registered to vote this time around. I remember how I forgot to register last year and that meant that I could not take part in the Brexit voting. I normally don't bother with anything that has to do with politics but this time around, I am actually making an effort to get involved and know what is actually happening around me.

How has your week been?
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Week #19 In Review (2017)

Passed My Driving Test, Got Allocated A Research Project,Time To Apply For The Transfer To Medicine And Charity Danceathon

  
I have done a lot of mind mapping this week/ Omelette for breakfast/ My most colourful mind map yet/ Mummy's food still keeping me going/ I took part in a charity danceathon raising money for SWAN UK/ My first proper braid out attempt/ So done with mind mapping :D

Quote of The Week

"Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God"

I have to say that his week was my favourite week so far this year. I mean God works in our lives constantly but sometimes you just have those moments when things happen and you can clearly confirm that it was God working all along. So many things happened this week and I was not even ready for it.

First of all, I passed my driving test on Monday. I started my driving lessons during the summer and I had to do my driving test asap as my theory expires next month. There were times when I felt really discouraged as I felt that things weren't going as well as I would have liked them to. I started to accommodate the possibility of me failing my test and then having to spend more money to register for another one. But God is faithful and He always comes to our rescue when we need Him. On the day of my test, I wasn't nervous at all. I did make a few mistakes but overall, I wasn't afraid because I had decided to let God take control. When I drove back to the test centre, the examiner told me that I almost made a mistake that would have caused me to fail my test but thankfully that did not happen because God didn't let it. It seems like such an insignificant event but I was truly overwhelmed by how God stepped in and how He did not let me down. I was again reminded about the fact that He does hear us when we pray because He cares about our needs- even the little things that others may think are insignificant.

The second thing that happened to me this week was that I got allocated a research project for next year. I mentioned in a previous post that the research project titles had been released and that I had set my heart on one. This one is very similar to the summer vacation studentship project I applied for so I thought it would be really good experience to do a project over the summer that would potentially help me with my project next year. I contacted my supervisor and asked if he would be willing to consider me for the project and he immediately told me to just choose the project I wanted and he wasn't going to offer it to anyone else. The reason why I thought this was such a blessing was because the process is not really that simple. A lot of my friends have to write essays, go for interviews and even sit exams to get a research project and I was handed one just like that. I can't begin to explain how grateful I am to God for this.

The other amazing thing that happened to me this week was that I found out that I had gotten the summer vacation studentship funding from the Soceity of Reproduction and Ferility. I had mentioned a few weeks ago that my supervisor and I applied for funding from external soceities since we could not secure one from the university. It had been a while since we applied and I was starting to worry but they finally replied and I got it. Again, I am so grateful for this opportunity. I get to work for 6 weeks in a research lab over the summer which will be amazing experience for me as I am interested in research.

 Also, the application forms for the transfer to medicine scheme were released this week. That means that I have to start thinking about preparing for interviews now. There is just so much going on all at once and it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes but I am just believing God for strength to pull through.

I also took part in a 12 hour charity danceathon this week. I didn't stay for the full 12 hours but it was nice to be part of something like that. We were raising money for SWAN UK which is a charity that helps families with children that have rare genetic conditions. It was a fun experience and I am glad that I decided to take part.

Finally, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I watched a movie called "Have A Little Faith" and that the movie taught me a very special lesson. I also mentioned that I was going to talk a bit more about it but since this post is too wordy, I thought I would share the video instead. I did a short Bible Study video on the topic "What's Your Glory?" and you can watch it below if you are interested.



What has God been doing for you recently?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A Day In The Life Of Joanny- A Second Year Biomed

Hello lovely people,

I decided to do another "Day In The Life" video last week Wednesday because that was the day we got our module allocations for next year. I thought I would share that with you guys and a bit more about my student life. You can find the video below. I love making these videos so hopefully I will be able to share more in the future.


Thank you guys so much for reading or watching.
Hope you all have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Week #18 In Review (2017)

Back To Uni, Start Of Lectures, Getting More Sleep, Module Allocations, SSP2 Presentations And Research Project Titles

Flu serotyping practical/ Rainy start to the week/ After my SSP2 presentation

Quote Of The Week
"You may have seen God's goodness in the past, but you have not even touched the surface of what God has for your future"

This week, I went back to uni and started lectures on Tuesday. We started the term with immunology and also cancer lectures. I am loving it so far but it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes as there are a lot of pathways and drug names that we have to know. We also had a flu serotyping practical which was kind of a waste of three and half hours as a lot of our serotypes ended up not working. We are expected to do a write up for that practical and that will be my last practical write up ever for this term and maybe even this degree. I survived the week and I am also hoping to stick it out till the end.

I made a decision to go to bed at 11 p.m this week or before 12 a.m as I have a really bad habit of going to bed in the early hours of the morning and then turning up to lectures the next morning feeling really tired. It really helped me a lot. I wasn't tired during lectures and I was also able to get up early and do some work before my lectures in the morning. So moral of the story is, go to bed early friends. Especially if you are a student. Trust me, you need those hours of sleep.

On Wednesday, we got allocated our module options for next year. I got 2 from my top 3 choices and got another which was my 5th choice. Overall I am glad I got my first choice which is the Science of Reproduction module. I also got the Biomedical Research Techniques Of Drug Development module which I wanted too as I am interested in research. I also got the Clinical Neuroscience module instead of Biology of Cancer but I think I am going to be sticking with Clinical Neuroscience. 

You see in my life, things have not always worked out my way and I have received many disappointments in the past but through it all, I have learnt to trust that God knows what I need better than I do so I want to keep letting Him take control. That is why when I didn't get the third module I wanted, I prayed about it and found that I had peace within me. God gave me that peace because I believe it was His will. I learnt something amazing this week that is not about the ability of God for He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ever ask or think. It has always been about His will. His good and perfect will and that is what I am after. If God is willing, He will let things happen so trust His will because He knows best. He is God after all.

We also had our SSP2 presentations this week. It was my first ever presentation at uni and I have to say that my group did really well. I'm glad that God favoured us the way He did. The titles for research projects for next year were also released this week. There are a lot of interesting titles but I have my heart set on one which I really want to do. I have contacted the supervisor and I will update you guys about it when I get a reply. I also will update you guys about my summer vacation studentship application when I get a reply from them. 

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Week #17 In Review (2017)

 Watching More Christian Movies, The End Of Camp NanoWrimo And Back To Uni Tomorrow
Watching a movie called "Have A Little Faith"/ My new Bible cover finally came and I love it/ My dad made pepper soup for us and it was really good/ I won Camp NanoWrimo

My Inspiration For The Week

"He's been God a long time. He knows what He's doing."

This week, I had one of those moments again where I was feeling a bit discouraged because of certain things that were going on around me. I let it weigh me down a little bit and I found that I couldn't concentrate when I tried to study. So I took a journalling break and listened to some worship music and soon I was encouraged by the lyrics to the song King Of My Heart. I find it very comforting that we can always rely on God as our ever present help in time of need so that made me grateful for God's presence which never leaves us and which reminds us that we are never alone.

I love watching Christian movies because they encourage me and they make me think about certain things or look at them in ways that I probably would not have looked at them before. So this week I watched a movie called "Have A Little Faith". It was recommended to me by YouTube and I thought it sounded like a good movie so I decided to watch it. The movie is based on a true story and it is about a writer who was asked by his childhood Rabbi to write a eulogy for him. Over the course of 8 years, this writer got to know this Rabbi and he unknowingly went on a journey to rediscover his own faith. Soon enough he began to ask himself questions and in his quest to do good and make a difference, he was led to Jesus. He soon learned a lot about how grace works and what our purpose is on earth.  The one question that kept coming up throughout the movie and which I ended up asking myself at the end was "What is my glory?" I am going to doing another post talking about this question soon but for now, I would recommend the movie "Have A Little Faith".

My Easter break has finally come to an end and I will be going back to uni in London tomorrow. I start lectures again on Tuesday and I can't believe a month has gone by just like that. I am grateful for this month of April though and I think it has been quite a productive one. One of the reasons is because I took part in a virtual writing retreat which has now come to an end.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 4 Vlog

So Camp NanoWrimo is officially over and I am so happy to say that I won. I exceeded my word count goal of 10,000 words and ended up with a total word count of 12,062 words. If you would like to see what I got up to, then you can watch the video below.

Hope you all had a lovely week.
Thanks so much for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Medic Mind UKCAT Course

Hello everyone,

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might know that I have applied for medicine in the past and I am still thinking about applying in the future. One of the things I have learnt is that the medicine application process can be very daunting especially if you go into it without much help. I remember not getting very much help the very first time I applied and that had a lot of impact on my application. I have been looking out for good resources that can help me better prepare for the whole application process and I recently came across the Medic Mind website. Medic Mind is an organisation that offers services which can be very useful to anyone looking to apply for medicine in the future and so I thought I would tell you guys all about their UKCAT course and the other resources on their website.

UKCAT Course

Medic Mind offers UKCAT courses in different locations all over the UK and they have expert teachers that give advice and cover all aspects of the UKCAT. I know a lot of other UKCAT courses that cost about £300 and these are not affordable for many students. Medic Mind offers their courses at only £35 for the full day which I think is so much more affordable than the others. They also provide useful  materials including practice questions and other interactive sources that can be very useful to applicants. They are also going to be sharing some BMAT study resources on the website including practice questions, study guides and useful tips.

Free talks and workshops

Medic Mind also offers free talks around UK schools to provide students with information about UCAS, personal statements, admissions tests and interviews. They are also looking to set up workshops in London where applicants can talk to current medical students and get advice from them.

Free resources

The website contains A Level resources which include free past paper questions that have been organised by topic and you can access those here. They also have free revision notes for GCSE, AS and A2 and they are also going to be sharing some resources that will help prepare applicants for medicine interviews.

The mission of Medic Mind is to provide assistance to students who are struggling with their application and as they are not profit motivated, they provide services that are so much more affordable for students. Medic Mind also raises funds for charities and so by paying for the UKCAT courses, you help raise funds for these charities as well.

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I think these resources and services offered by Medic Mind could be very useful to any potential medicine applicants or anyone interested in a career in health care so if you would want to find out more about all of these resources and services, you can visit their website. I think I certainly would want to make use of some of these resources too.

Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)