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I’m Manpreet Kaur, a first year chemist. The chemistry department discovered my personal blog via a “circuitous route” and proposed this idea of becoming a student blogger and I thought – why not?!
It’s only been over a month since I’ve been here at Warwick (as you might have already gathered) and I can see how much more I’ve already started to love the subject. Initially, things were quite overwhelming due to many introductory sessions and other information that was being provided and, on top of that, the three months of summer had completely messed up my judgement of space and time but it is all beginning to settle down now, and hopefully, soon it’ll begin to flow nice and smooth for me.
Outside of chemistry, I do have a lot of other interests (that might otherwise not fit in with the personality of a scientist)! I absolutely love to read. I am an avid reader of classic novels where I’ve read many of Jane Austen’s books, Gulliver’s travels and David Copperfield. This year I’ve read ten books (and accomplished my reading challenge) where the current one I’m reading is ‘The mill on the floss’.
I love to write poetry as well. Not that I’m great at it but I do write whenever I get any inspiration. I don’t really focus on a particular topic – my poems tend to be quite abstract (I think) therefore open to different interpretations but I have tried many different forms such as Haikus and Ghazals as well as one of those ‘quick’ ones that probably don’t have a very sophisticated name, otherwise.
With regards to social life, not that I don’t have one but my idea of social life is often significantly different to that of the rest of the majority. I like going on long walks on my own, and I like shopping but not spending a lot of money and I, now, like cooking too (not quite sure if that counts as social).
I joined many societies, to begin with. But I’m active with the Bhangra society at Warwick (but I’m sure the exec would agree that I’m only a part time member) and I’m well involved with the Sikh society as well. With the ChemSoc, I enjoy ChemCafes. They’re always useful and relevant and I love the weekly RSC lectures as well. I do tend to skip all the socials with the different societies but that’s because I find working with molecular orbitals more fun.
And this is all from me, for now. I can’t wait to begin blogging about my life at Warwick. I’m sure as much as it would give you an insight into life at Warwick, it’d help me to reflect upon my experiences too.
Feel free to comment below if you have any questions!