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Posted on 25 July 2015 by Iain

Last week I took the last few steps and changed from a Cardiff graduand to a Cardiff graduate, as I walked the red carpet and collected my degree. The graduation ceremony is the culmination of a student’s hard work over the course of the degree and the day gives them a chance to celebrate with
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I think I’m turning Japanese….

Posted on 1 July 2015 by Iain

Konichiwa. Senshuu, Nihongo wa benkyoo o shimashita. Watashi wa Iain o desu. Or for those of you who don’t speak Japanese: Hello. Last week I studied Japanese. My name is Iain. Yes, rather than spend the first few weeks of my holiday proper (after saying goodbye to all my friends) just moping around I decided
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And relax….

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Iain

Just over a week ago (at 3pm on Monday 1st June) I finished my final exam, and promptly did what most students do at that point. I breathed a huge sigh of relief that it was all over, felt emotional that it was done and so everyone would be moving on and then headed to
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Practical exams, revision and handovers

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Iain

Optometry is a very practical subject so it should come as no surprise to hear that we have the joys of practical and oral exams. These normally take place just after the Easter holidays in a lovely welcome back present. All 4 years have an element of this to build you up to the practical
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Eyeball 2015

Posted on 2 April 2015 by Iain

After election season comes the Bristol visits for third years and then just before Easter it is time for the OPSOC annual Eyeball where everyone gets dressed up to the max in long dresses, tuxedos and the odd kilt. The Eyeball includes a 3 course meal, annual awards and the announcement of next years committee, as well
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Bristol Eye hospital visit

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Iain

One of the final parts of the optometry course at Cardiff is a trip to Bristol eye hospital. Every third year spends 2 1/2 days in Bristol going round the various departments. This is both an exciting and interesting part of the course as it allows you to see a wide range of pathologies and
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Election season

Posted on 5 March 2015 by Iain

Last week it was the madness of the Students Union sabbatical elections which consists of wannabe sabbs coming up with random slogans, dressing up in silly costumes, sticking banners and posters all over the place, bribing voters and coming into occasional lectures. Although we missed most of this due to being slightly out the way
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First year

Posted on 15 February 2015 by Iain

Time to cast my memory back two years ago to give an idea of what first year is like studying optometry. There is now a preliminary year, called Year 0, for those on 4 year course, but I didn’t do it and only started last year so can’t tell you personal experience of it. It
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Open days

Posted on 24 January 2015 by Iain

A little while back I posted about making the all important decision about what to study and where (see here). In which I made the point that you should go and visit any university you are thinking of studying at, ideally before you apply there. The first open day gives you a feel of the
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Welcome back

Posted on 11 January 2015 by Iain

This really should start with happy New Year but given that it’s a week and a half into the January it feels a bit wrong but it’s been done now, I think I got away with that. I spent Christmas down in Cardiff before heading up to see my family in Scotland and then back
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