We’re all a bit overeager and overexcited and overstressed in our first few weeks, with our first few projects, so mostly we’re struggling with what may turn out to be one of the most important lab lessons of all: How To Not Spend Too Much Time in the Lab. Yes, how we fare over the next two years will probably dictate our futures, the lessons about swabbing and desk comfort and X-Ray developing will stand us in good stead for many years to come, but I think it is important for us to learn now that figuring out when to pack up our tools and books and go home to watch Bake Off is very important for our sanity, and certainly for Phil’s sanity. (Sorry Phil).
So, over the course of the year, we hope to provide you with a variety of glimpses into the lives of conservation students at Cardiff University. Some, like this, may be brief and informal, while others may delve into topics like corrosion chemistry or solubility parameters or how to (and how not to) X-ray iron small finds.
Please feel free to leave comments/questions below! This blog will have several student contributors, and contact details will be provided as applicable. This year’s Blog Managers are Stephanie Whitehead (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Aliza Taft (email@example.com).