What to blog…

Standard

Hello, me again, and yes so soon! I’m actually procrastinating, I have a deadline at 3pm tomorrow and two of the eight questions to finish, but alas, I just can’t be arsed. Bad, I know, but its Sunday morning, it’s beautifully sunny outside and the last place i want to be is in the library.

I never really know what to blog about. Back when I was working offshore blogging about what life at sea was like, I felt like I had something interesting to say. Now I’m back at university spending the majority of my time in lectures or working on the mountain of coursework I seem to have, I struggle to think of interesting topics, or even make the time. However, when I actually sit down to write, It always flows pretty quickly. I never really know if people will be interested in writing about my studies. I was considering keeping a blog whilst I work on my dissertation, where I should be working on a project with a company. Obviously the actual dissertation wont be discussed due to confidentiality, but the general experience.

I also spend a lot of my free time crocheting ans I never write about that. Probably should. I love to travel, but have little time for it at the moment. Maybe I’ll go back and write about the places I’ve been and any, maybe slightly outdated, recommendations for inter-railing around Europe.

Anyway, I’m not really sure what the point of this post is. An insight to the workings of my Sunday morning procrastination brain. Seeing as it’s 11 and I’m sat in the library and still yet to get on with work, I think I’ll go!

Ex

 

Highlights, 2016!

Standard

So I have just remembered, on the 10th February, that I never finished and uploaded this post! So anyway, i thought, even if its of no interest to anyone else, its a nice reminiscent post that I’ll be able to look back on!

 So here we are, very nearly at the end of 2016, where has this last year gone? So much has changed, this time last year I was stressing myself out over handing in my undergraduate dissertation just after this Christmas break. Now, here I am stressing over the three deadlines I have due in January… Okay, so maybe not that much has changed.

I’m now currently studying Energy Engineering rather than Geophysics, still at UEA however, how could I leave my beloved city… I was beyond lucky to have been awarded a full scholarship from the Scottish Power Foundation which has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to meet some wonderful people, maybe I’ll write a post about it sometime…

Anyway, getting to the point, I thought I’d document my highlights of 2016, too look back on in the future;

  1. My first (and only) outdoor climbing trip to the Roaches.

cropped-12821561_10208579782761490_1187238348100194430_n.jpg

I’ve definitely written a post about this previously. After finally submitting my undergraduate dissertation I had the opportunity to spend the weekend climbing with UEA Climbing Club in this beautiful setting!

2. Edinburgh for mine and my sister birthday

So if you’ve never been, I highly recommend going. Ruby and I went and spent several days of  March up in beautiful Edinburgh exploring the castle, climbing to Arthurs seat and relaxing in the birth place of Harry Potter!

3. Post-exam Lake Bled mini break

The day after finishing my final undergraduate exam Matt and I jetted off to Lake Bled, Slovenia for a wonderful few days exploring the stunning landscape, climbing hills and following gorges to waterfalls.

4. Working Offshore

Looking back I always have mixed feelings about working offshore. This year I went back to the company who I worked for for my year in industry and spent two months back out in the North Sea. I enjoy the work and the atmosphere can be fun, however weeks away from loved ones, bad food and confined conditions can get to be a bit too much!

5. Glastonbury

After years of wanting to go, myself and some wonderful people set off to Glastonbury and had an extremely muddy weekend of fun! I can’t wait to go again!

6. Being offered the Scottish Power Scholarship and meeting the King and Queen of Spain.

_MG_0150.jpg

I was so lucky to have been offered a full scholarship from ScottishPower to study my masters at UEA. As they’re part of the larger Spanish company, Ibedrola, the award ceremony was in Madrid and the certificates handed out by the king and queen of spain! Pretty exciting huh!

7. Graduation Day

So this is what the last four years were building up to! I had such a lovely day surrounded my some of my nearest and dearest celebrating our achievements!

8. Whistable and Herne Bay

I’ve already blogged about this, but it deserved another mention. It was lovely to have a short break before starting the manic masters degree!

9. Talking at EEEGR’s Offshore Wind Week

16667989_10211724355333839_536506954_o-copy

Although completely nerve racking, I was lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to talk on behalf of Scottish Power and UEA at offshore wind week!

10. Glasgow with the Scottish Power Scholars and Zozo!

Unfortunately I don’t have too many pictures of this adventure, but the Scottish Power Foundation invited us up to Glasgow for a networking opportunity and the visit they pumped storage hydroelectric plant, which was pretty damn cool! It was lovely to catch up with the other scholars for the fist time since Madrid and also lovely to see Zoe!

So that’s it, my top events of 2016, here’s to 2017 and many more  adventures and hopefully a successful second half of my masters degree!!

Much love. Ex

Sun, snow and rock climbing?

Standard

Hello guys!

As always, I must apologise fort he lack of posts, after a stunning weekend in the peak district I was inspired! How could I not share this beauty!

12821561_10208579782761490_1187238348100194430_n

Over the past academic year I have taken up climbing with the UEA climbing club and I love it! So after the stress of my dissertation was finally over, I jumped at the opportunity to give it a go outside when the club ran a beginners trip! So, a couple of weekends ago, I bundled in the minibus with the eleven others and began the journey to the Roaches in the Peak District!

We arrived in the snow at the Don Whillans Memorial Hut late at night, unable to fully appreciate how awesome it looked until the next morning. We bundled into the kitchen, which was built into the rock itself, and enjoyed an evening drinking beer and getting to know each other, deliberating whether it’d be dry enough to climb the next day! Unfortunatly, it wasn’t! However, as you can see, it was stunning, and it turns out, bouldering pads make pretty good sledges! So we set out, wrapped up warm to explore!

10589256_10208653392081677_1928291066_o

Finally, in the afternoon it brightened up and we managed to climb! The hut was minutes from the nearest climbs, so it wasn’t far for us at all!  Once the leader had set the ropes (theres no way I’m anywhere near that good yet!) we gave it a go! It was so much fun, freezing cold, in minutes of putting on flimsy climbing shoes and taking off my gloves, I could barely feel my fingers and toes! But, I made it to the top and had so much fun doing so!

12790987_10208579784201526_6536351424218173240_n

It wasn’t long before we were all too cold to climb and we retreated inside for food and an evening of veggie chilli and drinking games, retreating to our alpine style bunks once the beer had run out! After another coating of snow overnight, the next morning was again to wet to climb! However we strolled up to some bouldering problems, which were surrounded by bog! Unfortunately a few were claimed by the bog man (he has his own song now, the bogra is a work in progress!) but I managed to complete my first outside bouldering problems. I definitely prefer bouldering inside, outside I’m still undecided!

12783513_1034466609946699_8266117342684174741_o11062340_1034466563280037_469444359602691094_o

After a few more chilly hours and more bogman casualties, we retreated back to the minibus and ended our snowy climbing adventure! It was without a doubt one of my favourite weekends of my final year at UEA, thank you so much to the UEA Climbing Club and everyone else who came along!

Much Love!

E x

Back to Blogging and Degree Progress…

Standard

Hello! (Especially to Mum, as I best she’s the first person to read this!)

 On January 11th I handed in my dissertation! Yes, its ‘over’, everyone keeps asking me if I’m happy.relieved, but honestly, no, I’m really not. I’m still a little stressed – I don’t actually find out how I did until the 22nd February, despite my supervisor telling me yesterday that she’d marked it – frustrating right! But most of all, I just feel a little lost.

After months of living in the library 9-5, going home and working some more, I feel like I have nothing to do! I know that’s not true  – I still have two modules and a job, but nothing to work towards almost. I quite like having imminent deadlines, whether they’re set by myself or not. Its now week 4 (I think) of my final semester of final year of university (scary) and even though I have things to be getting on with, like looking for a job, starting coursework due in April etc etc, its not the same…

 

Hence, back to blogging. My aim (If I can actually stick to it, I don’t seem to be that great at keeping up with blogging) is to write a weekly blog post. If I succeed, I’ll try increase that to twice weekly! I’m hoping this will help me have something to work towards and help me feel a little less lost! I think my main issue with blogging is I don’t feel like anyone will actually read my posts or be interested in what I have to say. But I guess that’s not really important. For now, I’m doing this for myself, not for others!

 

In terms of degree progress… Its nearly over! Scary or what. Three and a half years I’ve been a student at the University of East Anglia. I can’t say its been plain sailing, but its been fun. I feel like the worst must be over now, what with the dissertation, first and second year complete. All I have remaining is a course test, an exam and a report! That’s it and, hopefully, I will be an Environmental Geophysics graduate! Crazy!! Lets hope it goes well!

 

Anyway, I’ll stop with the boring post now and (hopefully) you’ll hear from me again soon!

 

E x

The Working World…

Standard

So, what seems like blog attempt number one million, doesn’t seem to be going all too well. To be fair, a lot of the time I hardly have anything interesting to write about, but today was the end of my second of 52 weeks on placement and seeing as I have named my blog ‘A Travelling Geophysicist’, I might as well tell you about my time playing grownup.

You know, I never imagined myself with a desk job… I just cannot sit still. But actually, I’m really enjoying it! The unlimited tea and the fact I don’t have to wear my shoes at the desk undoubtedly contributes.  The people there are really friendly and so willing to help! It’s a really nice environment to work in, very relaxed, way more than I imagined!

Do you ever get that feeling during your degree that you just have no clue where its going or how you’re going to apply it when you eventually graduate? I spent the last two year of thinking that, but now, I finally understand what that crazy Italian man they called my Geophysics lecturer was talking about. Okay its lots of staring at a computer screen, which I probably wont be able to do forever, but its really interesting being able to learn so much about below the ocean from just some images.

My job title for the year is ‘Offshore Geophysicist’ so, hopefully, I’ll get a few opportunities to  go out on a ship whilst they’re collecting data! My role will be to quality check the data as its recorded, pretty scary how important my role would be! Thank god I won’t do it alone for a while! But how exciting, living on a boat for a month, potentially anywhere in the world. That’s the main reason I went for this job in particular. The chance to do something so different. I love exploring, this is a chance to explore, okay, it’ll be at sea, and for long periods of time all I’ll see is more sea… YAY… but there are opportunities to visit new countries.

These past two weeks have already made me feel so much more confident with my degree choice. I changed my mind a million times over what I wanted to study and what I wanted to be ‘when I grow up’, but you know what, I think I got it right. Lets hope I still feel this way 50 weeks down the line…

E x

P.S Did I mention there’s unlimited tea!