An Open Day? I know, you must be thinking “why would she want to write about a day where people just come in and look at brochures?” Talk about boring, right?
Well, the Open Day on Saturday 21st September was different. I was asked to lead the Medical Engineering lab tours for prospective students and their parents. Although on paper there appears to be not much more than a chemical lab, a mechanical workshop and a gait lab, I was astonished at how much I knew about the details of what happens in these labs. Without the correct information, the prospective students and their parents may have thought that the labs looked just like….labs! But to me, and hopefully now them, my tours of the labs gave me the opportunity to appreciate all of the various machines and the broad range of projects that are facilitated in those labs; the importance of some of the projects is just mind-boggling to imagine!
On top, I was further impressed that my knowledge of the labs didn’t stem from the prep talk given to me by the staff running the Open Day; instead, I gained most of it from the third year selection process where I chose my research project. Because it was so easy to talk to my lecturer about the research taking place at SEMS, I was able to find out all about what my options were. I researched and asked around and as a result, now know about the Nano medicine project, the materials that can potentially cure blindness, a robotics project and many more!
What made the Open Day special, was working with all the different SEMS Ambassadors that I wouldn’t get to meet otherwise. I hadn’t expected to have so much fun…it was great to meet people from different degree programmes and talk about our experiences of being at SEMS, amongst other things! The next Open Day is on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June 2014 and I hope that I will be able to give the lab tours again.
So let’s finish now and I will tell you guys about something new next time.