So, yesterday I found out that on 19th July 2018 I will be graduating with a First Class Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology. After three years of stressful days and hard work, I was over the moon to discover that the effort that I had invested in my studies had paid off. Excitingly, this means that I have met the criteria required in order to secure my place on a Masters course in Primate Behaviour and Conservation at Liverpool John Moores University in September.
The past three years have passed by in a whirlwind. I met some incredible people, a few of which I hope to be lifelong friends with. I also got to travel to take part in multiple field course in Yorkshire, Uganda, and France. These courses allowed me to gain invaluable experience of conducting research in a field setting, and massively improved my confidence in this area. Without these amazing opportunities, there is no way that I would have been able to secure a place on a Masters course, or a volunteer position as a research assistant collecting data on the social behaviour of chimpanzees.
One thing that I feel that I absolutely must mention is the level of support that I received from the staff. The head of school was my academic advisor throughout my studies, and he was always helpful and inspiring. When I was struggling with my mental health, he was understanding and would aid me in whatever way he could, whether it was setting up an informal meeting, or getting in touch with other lecturers to make them aware of the situation. My honours project supervisor was also an inspiration; she was always considerate, and would do her utmost to ensure my success. Thanks to her, I was able to attain a first in my dissertation, and as a result, a first overall in my degree.
I am excited to embark upon a new chapter in my life, and cannot wait to begin specialising in primatology. The more I think about my future, the more passionate I become about achieving my dreams, and achieving a first class degree shows that I am capable of doing so.