Ioanna Karpathiou

When I made the decision to study Biomedical Sciences at Brunel University, I was still unsure of my own abilities to succeed. The new environment, new city, new people, and living away from home for the first time were overwhelming experiences. However, this did not deter me. I was confident that with the right guidance and with the proper motivation I would excel.

From the very first day, the Biosciences Division impressed me. The modules were structured and organised. The lecturers were all active researchers, and would update their slides as new evidence came to light. This promoted dialogue between students and staff, as discussions would ensue based on the topic of interest. There was a well-defined support network of Level Two and Level Three students, who would act as mentors to those at Level One. Finally, there were numerous opportunities to take part in research projects across the university.

Close to the end of my second year, I was given the opportunity to join a team at Brunel DoC Lab. This work would test my existing knowledge of biomedical sciences and build upon my understanding of medical technologies. I hope to complete a final year project with DoC Lab next year. Such a prospect would provide invaluable work experience and a plethora of transferable skills.

In addition to studies and research, I was honoured to be elected as School Representative in my first two years of study. For my final year I have been elected Senior Representative for the School of Health Sciences and Social Care.

Looking back at my achievements, I have gained a new level of confidence and hope to be even more productive in my final year. As a direct result of this degree, I now actively seek out novel research, and am excited about the prospect of partaking in original independent projects. I have also come to highly value education and will be applying for postgraduate studies.

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