Tahita Murray - Biomedical Sciences
Hi! I’m Tahita and I’ve just finished the first year of BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences. Preparing to start uni is really exciting, but can be overwhelming too. I've shared my advice and tips to make your transition to uni life as smooth as possible and hopefully ease any anxieties you might have.
The best discovery I've made since starting the University
I would say that the best discovery I have made since starting at BCU is listening to the advice the lecturers give you. Sometimes it’s difficult but it will really help in the long run. The first year of the course is about settling into university life and getting used to how assessments are done, as well as using all the available resources and making new friends; so, come to lectures prepared and ready to learn, make useful notes that will help you with revision, but also remember that university is about growing as a person, enjoying the experience. Don’t forget why you are here; keep your goals in mind and never give up on your dream.
My favourite thing about BCU
I love City South Campus as a whole. There are many places to eat at which is always great when you are on breaks between lectures, but there is also loads of places where you can sit down with friends and study. My favourite part of the whole course and University are the laboratories where all the practical assessments take place. The lecturers are so helpful and friendly in every module. You can also always go to them or email them at any time if you need advice, help, support or just a chat. They are here for you which makes learning feel easier as it is supported and enjoyable.
What I love about the city
Birmingham City centre is great! There really is loads to do and many places to see – museums, libraries, theatres, adventurous activities, sporting events, nightclubs, pubs, and bars. We also have The Bullring, Mailbox, and Grand Central with plenty of shops and places to eat. The transport in Birmingham is amazing too; we have trains that leave from New Street Station and you can go anywhere in the UK from there. We have excellent bus routes too, and a tram that can take you to the smaller towns between Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Getting from A to B is very easy so if you don’t have a car so you don’t need to feel stressed as you can travel very easily.
My top tips for new biomedical students
My first tip would be to organise yourself. Make sure you know what you need to do (assessments or exams) and when the deadlines or tests are. Attend all your classes because success depends on attendance. Ask questions and engage in lectures and other sessions. Take notes and keep on top of them. Revise throughout the semester – don’t leave all your studying to the last minute. Expect ups and downs because it’s only natural that starting in a new place can be stressful, daunting and a bit bewildering. So focus on your physical and mental health, and don’t ignore problems. If you need help then be sure to ask your personal tutors, the ASK desk or even your lecturers. Make an effort to meet new people. And remember to not give up!
What I didn't know before starting my course
I didn’t realise the broad variety of learning techniques that we would be using to make learning easier for biomedical sciences. We have an interactive resource called Anatomy TV which is super helpful when learning about the human body from a cellular level. I also didn’t realise how many different and interesting modules we’d cover in such detail which makes learning so fun. The course also gives you so many career options to consider for the future if you aren’t completely decided of what you want to do when you finish.
My uni essentials
My go-to lifesaver device is my laptop. I wouldn’t have survived first year without this. It allows you to make notes quickly and easily. Also, you can download or buy a recording app/device to record lectures so you can go home and make notes if you aren’t quick enough to do it during the lecture.
Can’t wait to see you around the campus!