Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My Week #11 In Review (2017)

Mental Health Awareness Week, Text-A-Taostie, CU Lunch Bar, Urine Sugars Practical And Teaching Children At Church Again 

One of the verses that really encouraged me this week/ Text a toastie/ Free hot chocolate and a biscuit/ My splits progress/ Making chicken for the CU lunch bar/ Stress ball that changes colour/ Practical on urine sugars/ Practising my drawing skills/ More drawings during study time

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit"
-Psalm 34:18

This week at university was Mental Health awareness week and there were a lot of events going on. The university was offering free gym sessions for the whole week and also there was a text-a-tea event going on. We were able to order a free hot drink and a biscuit and it would be delivered to us anywhere around the university. I was able to use this opportunity to get back to exercising as I made use of the free gym sessions.I was so consistent that I lost 3 pounds which was really nice. Hopefully I can be able to continue and not give up. I also was more consistent with my stretching regime to help me do my splits. I am still quite far away from the ground but I believe I will get there eventually.

We also had a text-a-toastie event which was organised by the Christian Union and also a lunch bar where we had a speaker come speak to us about religious faith and medicine. These were all really good opportunities to speak to non-christians at my university about Christ. 

We also had a practical this week where we were measuring blood sugars in urine and using the results from the thin-layer chromatogram to diagnose the metabolic disorder of the patients. I thought it was very fun even though we had to wait around for a long time.

I also was able to teach the chidren in the sunday school at church again on Sunday and they were very willing to participate and answer questions. I was glad to see that they were very open talking to me about the issues they faced about honouring parents. I love teaching the kids and I am looking forward to teaching them more in the future. 

How was your week?
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Thanks for reading. 
God bless.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My Week #10 In Review (2017)

Sending Off First Application For Summer Studentship, Working On Special Study Project 2 And Tooting Show 2017

I finally made an omelette for myself after a long time/ Chilli con carne in the making/ My special breakfast treat after Tooting Show/ McFlurry ice cream after Tooting Show day 1/ Peanut butter and chocolate waffle at Kaspas/ Chocolate waffle at Kaspas

"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD"
Psalm 31:24

This week was a very busy one for me as it was the week of Tooting Show 2017. We had to stay till the early hours of the morning on Monday night trying to rehearse and practise the dances, acting and singing. The show had to be put together by the Monday night because a lot of the cast were going to see The Weekend in concert for the 2 days before the show. I didn't feel the excitement of the show as we didn't have rehearsals the day before but when it came to the day and I saw all the people who were waiting to see it, I  became excited for it. The Thursday crowd was really good and of course the Friday was even more amazing. I have had so much fun choreographing the African dance for this year's show and it is so sad that it is all over now.  Hopefully I will be able to choreo for Fashion Show in November but until then, I am just happy that I have gotten all my free time back and I can now focus on my uni work.

As some of you may know, I want to do a summer vacation studentship this summer at one of the research labs at my uni and so since we were not able to secure funding via my university, my supervisor and I are going to apply for funding from external sources. We sent off one application a few days ago and we are working on the second application.

We also have been working on our special study projects for this term. This time around, we are working in groups and don't have to write an essay but we need to produce a poster and then do a presentation in May. We have gathered a lot of information but then so far, we are having a bit of difficulty fitting it all into the poster so we are going to have to cut down a lot of information. I love my group and each and every one of us participate so I am excited to see what we come up with in the end.

How has your week been?
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Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Friday, 10 March 2017

My Weeks #8 And #9 In Review (2017)

Weekend Rehearsals, God Speaking To Me, Discouraging Dreams, Semester 3 Results, And Tooting Show Coming Soon

My flatmates made creme brulee for me and it was the first time I tried it. It was really good/ Cooking after midnight/ Food after a church event/ Blood grouping practical/ Celebrating my friend's birthday/ Tooting Show stage prep

"There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still"
-Corrie Ten Boom
 The last 2 weeks have been very busy as I have had a lot of rehearsals for the show we are doing at my uni for charity. The show is only in a few days and we have been working really hard to make sure it turns out to be the best it can possibly be. This means that we have been having a lot of hours of rehearsals and it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. God has been faithful through every step of the way though and He has kept me in good health- both physically and mentally.

A few weeks ago I attended an event at church and the message from the speaker was very encouraging as it challenged me to focus more on God during my quiet times with Him. The speaker talked about distractions when we study God's word and even when we pray and how to deal with these things. At the end, there was a prayer session and during the session God gave a word to me. He spoke about the situation I was currently going through and how He wanted me to deal with it. He even revealed to me a bit about His plans regarding me and my family. I was so blessed after that message and went home really encouraged.

That same night after that church event, I had a dream and it was a very discouraging one. It was one I knew was certainly not from God because it totally was against His will and against the Word He had given to me the night before. It was very disheartening but I prayed about it and asked my friend to pray with me. I have since seen that God is faithful and He is making His word come to pass.
We always have to remember that God is not a God of confusion. His yes is yes and His no is no. He is not man and He certainly does not lie.

Another amazing thing God did for me was my exam results. Some of you may remember that I wrote my exams at the end of January. I had no idea how well I was going to do and I had so many doubts and fears even though God had been teaching me a lot about not worrying. I am very happy to say that He came through for me and I did so much better than I had expected. God is so faithful and true and He knows all our needs.

"God is not a God of confusion. His yes is yes and His no is no. He is not man that He should lie. He always comes through for us. Those who hope in Him will never be ashamed"

I did a short Bible study on my YouTube channel about 7 reasons why we should not worry so you can check it out below.

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

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

University: Second Year Room Tour

Hello lovely people,

Today I will finally be sharing with you a tour of my university room in London. Some of you may know that I am a second year Biomedical Science student at St George's University in London and this year I am living in a student house with other students as opposed to last year where I was living in the university's halls of residence. You can check out my room from last year here.
I thought it would be easier to make a video showing you around the room so below is the video of my room tour. 

Thanks ever so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

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

Hello my lovelies,

So I tried something a little different and I actually gave vlogging a shot. This is my first official attempt at vlogging and I am still learning how to get the hang of it. In this vlog, I show you what I get up to during my week at university. There's a bit of footage from lectures, studying, lab practicals, birthday dinners, dance rehearsals and many more. Please do check out the video and let me know what you think.

If you want to read my other "Day in the life" posts, you can click here.

Hope you all have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

My Week #7 In Review (2017)

Third Week Of Tooting Show Rehearsals, Third Year Modules And Research Projects Open Day And A Day Out In Brighton


 Day out in Brighton. Bus ride, the Brighton stadium./ My friend was a really good host. She made us jollof rice and chicken, pizza and chips/ We also had a delicious Belgian chocolate cake for dessert.

Quote of the week
"Don't treat others the way they treat you. Treat others the way God treats you."
-Dave Willis 

This week was a very busy one for me in terms of dance rehearsals and taking care of other university related stuff. It was the third week of Tooting Show dance rehearsals and as usual, it was a bit overwhelming but I manged to pull through by God's special grace. Everyone asks me how I seem to be able to manage my time during these hectic periods of my life but the truth is I don,t know how I do it- only God does.

 On Wednesday, we had a third year module open day at uni where we had talks on the various research projects and modules that the university offers in third year and we have to make a decision to which ones we would like to do. I went into the talks thinking that I knew what I wanted to do but after the open day, I was a bit more torn between some of the modules. The process is a lot harder than I thought and there are many factors that I have to consider before making my final decisions. Fortunately, the deadline to make our decisions is at the end of March so I guess I have still got a bit of time.

I went to Brighton on Saturday and met up with my friends. One of them goes to the university of Sussex and she was kind enough to give us a tour of her university. The weather that day was really lovely and it was their uni open day as well so we got to see a lot of parts of the uni that we wouldn't have been able to see on a normal day. After the tour, she took us to her place and gave us some jollof rice, pizza, chips and we also had a delicious chocolate cake. After eating we went out into Brighton town and explored a bit more of the city and also went to the pebble beach and we watched the beautiful sunset that evening. It was a beautiful sight and so lovely to see God's handiwork :)

I had the privilege of having one of the most wonderful experiences in Brighton with my friends. While we were in Brighton town, we had the opportunity of speaking to and helping out a homeless man and then at the end we were able to pray for him as well. This experience thought me a lot about thinking about the needs of others and not just ourselves. We are all part of God's creation and when we made to love and be loved so when we receive God's love, we should not hesitate to share it with the world.

What was the highlight of your week?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

My Week #6 In Review (2017)

Cameroon Winning AFCON 2017, Start Of New Semester, First Week Of Tooting Show Rehearsals, Standing Up For My Faith, Catching A Horrible Cold And Sharing My Poetry

A salad kinda day/ I did my mum's hair when I went home and I absolutely loved the results/ Cameroon won the African Cup of Nations 2017/ Chinese noodles and chicken salad for lunch. It was really good./ I started reading a new book called "Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I'm really loving it so far./ I came down with a horrible cold this week and I have been fighting it off ever since./ My mum's food really helped me as my week was quite busy so it was nice to have a home cooked meal after my long days/ Having soup for lunch and still trying to fight off the cold.

My Bible Verse Of The Week

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Last week Sunday, the finals for the African Cup of Nations were held in Gabon and it was Cameroon going against Egypt. I haven't watched Cameroon play in a long time but I was really rooting for them this time. I remember that these two countries have gone against each other a couple of times before with Egypt always emerging victorious so I didn't really know what to expect this time. To our greatest surprise, Cameroon actually won and it was a great day for all of us. I couldn't stop jumping and skipping around in my room forcing my friend to jump around with me. I am so proud.

So we started a new semester this week and we started with the life cycle module so we're going to be learning all about reproduction for the next couple of weeks. I quite enjoy reproduction and I think the lecturers are really good so I would say that I am enjoying this module so far.

This week was also the first for Tooting Show rehearsals. I am choreographing the African dance for this charity show so it has been a really busy week for me. There were times when things started to get a little bit overwhleming but in those moments I had to just have some quiet time and find solace in the Lord's presence.

I was also put in a very compromising situation this week that involved standing up for my faith. I'd rather not share the details here but it was a very disturbing situation and I was troubled for days and spoke to a couple of my friends about it and also prayed about it. I am glad that in the end, I was able to stand on the side of my faith and it was so nice to have so much encouragement around me during that period. It was one of those times when I really saw that God is infact at work and His love never fails :)

I also came down with a horrible cold this week. It affected me really badly especially on Friday. I have never really had a cold like this before and it took me a good couple of days to recover but thank God it's almost all gone now and I am getting better.

I mentioned last week that I was able to share my poetry with the Christian Union for the first time which was a huge thing for me so if you want to read any of my poetry, I will leave a link on the tabs above which will take you to my wattpad page and you can read it from there if you are interested.

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Monday, 6 February 2017

My Weeks #4 and #5 In Review (2017)

Last Days Of Revision, My Semester 3 Exam, Not Worrying, Reading Out My Poem To An Audience For The First Time, My New Journal, Third Praise Dance Ministration And Going Home For The Weekend

I made chicken soup/ We were playing a game to help us memorise drug names and what the drugs did/ I finally bought new gloves but they are too big for my hands/ Post exam celebration with chicken stir fry/ More post exams celebration with chocolate gateau/ My friend cooked for me.

Happy New Month everyone.
So we had 2 weeks off for revision for our semester 3 exams and I thought it was really nice of the university to allow 2 weeks for us rather than the usual 1 week we got before every exam in first year. There was a lot of volume to cover but I had lots of revision sessions with my friends and we really helped each other through it all.

When it came time for the exam, I realised that there was this unusual peace I had within me. This is the first exam I have ever written where I felt so calm especially the day before the exam. I try not to stress too much about things but this time around, I know it was God. I was constantly reminding myself of His promise in Matthew 6:34 about not worrying and I knew that since worrying did not add any value to my life, there was not point in doing it.
"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's troubles are enough for today."
Matthew 6:34

I believe that God has got it under control and I guess that is why I can let His peace reign in me. You see this year is one where I am believing God for so many things but I know that if it is His will, He will open doors for me and as long as I keep working hard like He wants me to, He will take care of me. So really, I do not have any reason to worry. God's got me and He always will. 

"But without faith, it is impossible to please God; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him"
Hebrews 11:6

I also did something that I have never done before during this time and this was the fact that I read out one of my poems to an audience for the very first time ever. I probably have never mentioned it on here on my blog but I used to write poems when I was younger but I stopped writing them for a while. I have been trying to get back into writing them for a while now and recently while going through some of my old stuff, I found an old poem of mine which was written over a year ago.

When I read it, I thought it was really going to encourage someone so I decided to read it out during one of our Christian Union meetings. This was the first time I had ever done anything like this before and truth be told, God moved through that poem and He used it to encourage a lot of people which was such a blessing to see, God has bee showing me a lot of things about myself and I have discovering new things about me this new year that make me so excited to be used by by Him for His glory. I have been thinking about sharing some of my poems here on my blog and very soon I will add another tab on my blog that will be able to link you guys to my wattpad account if any of you are interested in reading the poems I write.

We also did a third praise dance ministration at a bigger church this time around. It was just an amazing time as always and I just really love dancing for God. I am looking forward to it everytime I do it now and God is indeed doing great things among us which is so amazing to see.

I also received a new journal from my friend who lives in the US. She was very kind to get me a journal which was on sale and it arrived just at the right time becaus emy old journal will soon be completely full. I can't wait to use start using it.

We had a few days off after our exam and I was able to go home and spend this time with my family. It was really nice to relax at home and eat mum's food again. I helped my mum do her hair and she was very pleased with it.

My Writing Series #2

Here is the second video in my writing series and in this one, I am talking about my outlining process, how I plan out the chapters in my book and I also give an update on how I am finding the writing process so far. Please do check it out if you can and let me know what you think.

Song Of The Month
"While I'm waiting" by John Waller
I have been reading books on wattpad a lot recently and I discovered a song on  one of the books I was reading. This book was titled "Writing For Jesus" and it is about all the struggles that Christian writers face but it reminds us about why we write, who we write for and why it is important to write. This new song I found applied not just to my writing but it applies to many areas of my life where I am waiting on God and belieiving Him to come through for me. I hope that this song blesses you as much as it blessed me.

How has your week been?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks ever so much for reading.
Have a lovely day and God bless :)

Monday, 23 January 2017

My Week #3 In Review (2017)

Revision Study Sessions, Second Praise Dance Performance, 1 Week Till My Exam And Writing Series #1

Revision session with my friends and study buddies/ Pizza break after intense revision/ 4 am revsion struggles/ First week of Primary Practice.

"Always choose God's perfect will and not His permissive will"

Since it's only about a week left for our exam, I had a study session with my friends where we each allocated ourselves topics to go through over the weekend and then we met up and taught each other these topics. I found it quite useful as we were able to cover a whole module thorughly in 2 days.

Last week, I had mentioned that I did a training for the Primary Practice project my university is doing this year. We basically teach primary school children over a period of 6 weeks all about science, first aid and other interesting topics to get them interested in the sciences. We had our first session this week and even though we did encounter a few challenges at the beginning, we were able to work together to deliver the session on time.

I also did my second praise dance performance at church and it was so amazing. I really do love dancing for God  and the fact that He can work through us and use us for His glory makes me want to do it more. I feel this is one of the ways that God wants to use me this year and I am so ready for what He has in store. 

My Writing Series #1

Just in case anyone missed my very exciting announcement last week about me witing a book, there's a video up n my YouTube channel talking a bit about the book, why I decided to write it and also about my writing journey so far. I am so excited to share this journey with you all and can't wait to see how it is going to turn out in the end.

Also, if you are not already subscribed to my YouTube channel, please do so as I post a lot more than just my uni life like Bible study videos and a lot more.

How was your week?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for  reading.
God bless :)

Friday, 20 January 2017

University: Second Year Biomed Term One Review

Hello lovely people,

This is a long overdue post that I was supposed to have put up over the Christmas break but since I was occupied with many other things, I didn't have the time to write it. I have finally gotten a bit of time so I decided to let you all know how my first term as a second year Biomedical Science student went.

Being a university mum
My uni has a mum and dad system where they assign freshers to second years who would be their uni mums and dads. This system is basically to help the freshers to be able to settle in nicely so they can get help when they need it. I initially only wanted one child but I ended up with three daughters. I love every bit of being a uni mum. I think it comes naturally to me as I am the oldest child so I am used to looking after siblings. I just love helping out my daughters with academic work in any way that I possibly can and also organising outings with them when they need a break. 
It's been really nice to watch them grow and settle in nicely into uni so when they do well in their uni assignments, lab practicals and stuff, it makes me really proud. 

Special Study Project
One of our big assessments for this term was the first part of our special study project which was basically an essay we had to write. This essay had to be between 2500-3000 words and the big thing about this project was that it was the first real essay we wrote at uni. We did write an essay at the beginning of first year but it was not assessed. This SSP was therefore kind of a big deal for some of us. I loved every bit of this process and I was very happy with my results in the end. Apart from the fact that the whole process was time consuming, it helped develop a lot of my writing skills and I learnt a lot while writing the essay. 

I was able to find out more about how to carry out research, how to analyse information and data from research papers, distinguishing between primary and secondary research papers, picking out the relevant information from all these papers, organising my thoughts and writing out the structured essay. It took me a longer time to do research because there were just too many papers out there about my topic and this made the process a bit tedious but once I found the information I needed, writing wa not a problem.

Another challenge I faced was with paraphrasing and just rewriting information in my own words. I was still scared of being accused of plagiarism even when I was submitting my final draft but thank God that went well and my similarity report was fine. I learnt a lot about organising my writing to make it flow better and my supervisor was really helpful throughout the whole process. This has gotten me a bit excited for third year dissertations and just carrying out research in general so I am looking forward to it now.

The modules we have for this semester are kind of similar to what we had for first year. We still have a module where we learn the same material as the medics but we also have our own Biomed specific module which I didn't like at first. This module of ours is focused on therapeutics and investigations so we have been learning a lot about techniques used in research in the labs and also about how some imaging techniques work. It is a quite complicated to try and understand but I find it quite interesting. The more I learn about these, the more I get interested in research. We also had a few interesting practicals this term. Some of you might have read about my experience during my aspirin practical and also the paracetamol practical. They were fun to do and I actually enjoyed the practicals.

Fashion Show
Last but not the least is my Fashion Show dance charity show which took place at the end of November 2016. This was the first time I choreographed a dance for an actual show here at my uni and it was an amazing experience. The theme of our dance was centered around the black lives matter movement and it was nice to see that the message was passed across and well received. I love choreographing and I am looking forward to more of the fun when I choreo for our next dance charity show in March.

Are any of you at university/school/college?
How did your first term go?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading
God bless :)