Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Week #19 In Review (2017)

Passed My Driving Test, Got Allocated A Research Project,Time To Apply For The Transfer To Medicine And Charity Danceathon

  
I have done a lot of mind mapping this week/ Omelette for breakfast/ My most colourful mind map yet/ Mummy's food still keeping me going/ I took part in a charity danceathon raising money for SWAN UK/ My first proper braid out attempt/ So done with mind mapping :D

Quote of The Week

"Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God"

I have to say that his week was my favourite week so far this year. I mean God works in our lives constantly but sometimes you just have those moments when things happen and you can clearly confirm that it was God working all along. So many things happened this week and I was not even ready for it.

First of all, I passed my driving test on Monday. I started my driving lessons during the summer and I had to do my driving test asap as my theory expires next month. There were times when I felt really discouraged as I felt that things weren't going as well as I would have liked them to. I started to accommodate the possibility of me failing my test and then having to spend more money to register for another one. But God is faithful and He always comes to our rescue when we need Him. On the day of my test, I wasn't nervous at all. I did make a few mistakes but overall, I wasn't afraid because I had decided to let God take control. When I drove back to the test centre, the examiner told me that I almost made a mistake that would have caused me to fail my test but thankfully that did not happen because God didn't let it. It seems like such an insignificant event but I was truly overwhelmed by how God stepped in and how He did not let me down. I was again reminded about the fact that He does hear us when we pray because He cares about our needs- even the little things that others may think are insignificant.

The second thing that happened to me this week was that I got allocated a research project for next year. I mentioned in a previous post that the research project titles had been released and that I had set my heart on one. This one is very similar to the summer vacation studentship project I applied for so I thought it would be really good experience to do a project over the summer that would potentially help me with my project next year. I contacted my supervisor and asked if he would be willing to consider me for the project and he immediately told me to just choose the project I wanted and he wasn't going to offer it to anyone else. The reason why I thought this was such a blessing was because the process is not really that simple. A lot of my friends have to write essays, go for interviews and even sit exams to get a research project and I was handed one just like that. I can't begin to explain how grateful I am to God for this.

The other amazing thing that happened to me this week was that I found out that I had gotten the summer vacation studentship funding from the Soceity of Reproduction and Ferility. I had mentioned a few weeks ago that my supervisor and I applied for funding from external soceities since we could not secure one from the university. It had been a while since we applied and I was starting to worry but they finally replied and I got it. Again, I am so grateful for this opportunity. I get to work for 6 weeks in a research lab over the summer which will be amazing experience for me as I am interested in research.

 Also, the application forms for the transfer to medicine scheme were released this week. That means that I have to start thinking about preparing for interviews now. There is just so much going on all at once and it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes but I am just believing God for strength to pull through.

I also took part in a 12 hour charity danceathon this week. I didn't stay for the full 12 hours but it was nice to be part of something like that. We were raising money for SWAN UK which is a charity that helps families with children that have rare genetic conditions. It was a fun experience and I am glad that I decided to take part.

Finally, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I watched a movie called "Have A Little Faith" and that the movie taught me a very special lesson. I also mentioned that I was going to talk a bit more about it but since this post is too wordy, I thought I would share the video instead. I did a short Bible Study video on the topic "What's Your Glory?" and you can watch it below if you are interested.



What has God been doing for you recently?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A Day In The Life Of Joanny- A Second Year Biomed

Hello lovely people,

I decided to do another "Day In The Life" video last week Wednesday because that was the day we got our module allocations for next year. I thought I would share that with you guys and a bit more about my student life. You can find the video below. I love making these videos so hopefully I will be able to share more in the future.


Thank you guys so much for reading or watching.
Hope you all have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Week #18 In Review (2017)

Back To Uni, Start Of Lectures, Getting More Sleep, Module Allocations, SSP2 Presentations And Research Project Titles

Flu serotyping practical/ Rainy start to the week/ After my SSP2 presentation

Quote Of The Week
"You may have seen God's goodness in the past, but you have not even touched the surface of what God has for your future"

This week, I went back to uni and started lectures on Tuesday. We started the term with immunology and also cancer lectures. I am loving it so far but it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes as there are a lot of pathways and drug names that we have to know. We also had a flu serotyping practical which was kind of a waste of three and half hours as a lot of our serotypes ended up not working. We are expected to do a write up for that practical and that will be my last practical write up ever for this term and maybe even this degree. I survived the week and I am also hoping to stick it out till the end.

I made a decision to go to bed at 11 p.m this week or before 12 a.m as I have a really bad habit of going to bed in the early hours of the morning and then turning up to lectures the next morning feeling really tired. It really helped me a lot. I wasn't tired during lectures and I was also able to get up early and do some work before my lectures in the morning. So moral of the story is, go to bed early friends. Especially if you are a student. Trust me, you need those hours of sleep.

On Wednesday, we got allocated our module options for next year. I got 2 from my top 3 choices and got another which was my 5th choice. Overall I am glad I got my first choice which is the Science of Reproduction module. I also got the Biomedical Research Techniques Of Drug Development module which I wanted too as I am interested in research. I also got the Clinical Neuroscience module instead of Biology of Cancer but I think I am going to be sticking with Clinical Neuroscience. 

You see in my life, things have not always worked out my way and I have received many disappointments in the past but through it all, I have learnt to trust that God knows what I need better than I do so I want to keep letting Him take control. That is why when I didn't get the third module I wanted, I prayed about it and found that I had peace within me. God gave me that peace because I believe it was His will. I learnt something amazing this week that is not about the ability of God for He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ever ask or think. It has always been about His will. His good and perfect will and that is what I am after. If God is willing, He will let things happen so trust His will because He knows best. He is God after all.

We also had our SSP2 presentations this week. It was my first ever presentation at uni and I have to say that my group did really well. I'm glad that God favoured us the way He did. The titles for research projects for next year were also released this week. There are a lot of interesting titles but I have my heart set on one which I really want to do. I have contacted the supervisor and I will update you guys about it when I get a reply. I also will update you guys about my summer vacation studentship application when I get a reply from them. 

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Week #17 In Review (2017)

 Watching More Christian Movies, The End Of Camp NanoWrimo And Back To Uni Tomorrow
Watching a movie called "Have A Little Faith"/ My new Bible cover finally came and I love it/ My dad made pepper soup for us and it was really good/ I won Camp NanoWrimo

My Inspiration For The Week

"He's been God a long time. He knows what He's doing."

This week, I had one of those moments again where I was feeling a bit discouraged because of certain things that were going on around me. I let it weigh me down a little bit and I found that I couldn't concentrate when I tried to study. So I took a journalling break and listened to some worship music and soon I was encouraged by the lyrics to the song King Of My Heart. I find it very comforting that we can always rely on God as our ever present help in time of need so that made me grateful for God's presence which never leaves us and which reminds us that we are never alone.

I love watching Christian movies because they encourage me and they make me think about certain things or look at them in ways that I probably would not have looked at them before. So this week I watched a movie called "Have A Little Faith". It was recommended to me by YouTube and I thought it sounded like a good movie so I decided to watch it. The movie is based on a true story and it is about a writer who was asked by his childhood Rabbi to write a eulogy for him. Over the course of 8 years, this writer got to know this Rabbi and he unknowingly went on a journey to rediscover his own faith. Soon enough he began to ask himself questions and in his quest to do good and make a difference, he was led to Jesus. He soon learned a lot about how grace works and what our purpose is on earth.  The one question that kept coming up throughout the movie and which I ended up asking myself at the end was "What is my glory?" I am going to doing another post talking about this question soon but for now, I would recommend the movie "Have A Little Faith".

My Easter break has finally come to an end and I will be going back to uni in London tomorrow. I start lectures again on Tuesday and I can't believe a month has gone by just like that. I am grateful for this month of April though and I think it has been quite a productive one. One of the reasons is because I took part in a virtual writing retreat which has now come to an end.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 4 Vlog

So Camp NanoWrimo is officially over and I am so happy to say that I won. I exceeded my word count goal of 10,000 words and ended up with a total word count of 12,062 words. If you would like to see what I got up to, then you can watch the video below.

Hope you all had a lovely week.
Thanks so much for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Medic Mind UKCAT Course

Hello everyone,

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might know that I have applied for medicine in the past and I am still thinking about applying in the future. One of the things I have learnt is that the medicine application process can be very daunting especially if you go into it without much help. I remember not getting very much help the very first time I applied and that had a lot of impact on my application. I have been looking out for good resources that can help me better prepare for the whole application process and I recently came across the Medic Mind website. Medic Mind is an organisation that offers services which can be very useful to anyone looking to apply for medicine in the future and so I thought I would tell you guys all about their UKCAT course and the other resources on their website.

UKCAT Course

Medic Mind offers UKCAT courses in different locations all over the UK and they have expert teachers that give advice and cover all aspects of the UKCAT. I know a lot of other UKCAT courses that cost about £300 and these are not affordable for many students. Medic Mind offers their courses at only £35 for the full day which I think is so much more affordable than the others. They also provide useful  materials including practice questions and other interactive sources that can be very useful to applicants. They are also going to be sharing some BMAT study resources on the website including practice questions, study guides and useful tips.

Free talks and workshops

Medic Mind also offers free talks around UK schools to provide students with information about UCAS, personal statements, admissions tests and interviews. They are also looking to set up workshops in London where applicants can talk to current medical students and get advice from them.

Free resources

The website contains A Level resources which include free past paper questions that have been organised by topic and you can access those here. They also have free revision notes for GCSE, AS and A2 and they are also going to be sharing some resources that will help prepare applicants for medicine interviews.

The mission of Medic Mind is to provide assistance to students who are struggling with their application and as they are not profit motivated, they provide services that are so much more affordable for students. Medic Mind also raises funds for charities and so by paying for the UKCAT courses, you help raise funds for these charities as well.

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I think these resources and services offered by Medic Mind could be very useful to any potential medicine applicants or anyone interested in a career in health care so if you would want to find out more about all of these resources and services, you can visit their website. I think I certainly would want to make use of some of these resources too.

Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Week #16 In Review (2017)

In Search Of A New Filofax Wallet, Seeing A Baby Being Delivered, Preparing For My Driving Test And Camp NanoWrimo Week 3

I love the pocket malden Filofax in turquoise blue but it is so expensive/ My new drawing of the Lion and the Lamb/ Making more mind maps/ Lovely sunset

Quote Of The Week
"Once you realise how valuable you are, you will find it hard to keep the company of those who do not"

This week, I was in search of a new pocket Filofax to use as my wallet. My mini Filofax which I shared my set up with you guys here is now getting really old as I have been using her for over 2 years now. I am hoping to get a planner made with real leather but a lot of them are really expensive and I don't have the money for it yet.

I restarted my driving lessons on Thursday and since my practical test is next month, we have been going through a lot of little things that I am doing wrong that we need to work on so I don't make many faults during my test. I can say that I am now way more confident behind the steering than I was when I just started learning over the summer so thank God for that.

I had a shadowing shift yesterday on the neonatal intensive care unit and they let me into theatre to see a baby being delivered. I have to say that the miracle of life is disgustingly amazing. One of the reasons I went back to NICU was because I was hoping I could get the chance to watch a delivery as I missed it the last time I was there and thank God I was able to see one. I really do love children and babies and as I study more about reproduction and neonatology, I am getting more interested in the paediatrics side of things.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 3 Vlog
There's only one more week left till the end of my first Camp NanoWrimo and my journey has been an interesting one. If you would like to see what I got up to in week 3, then you can watch the video down below.


How was your week? Hope it went well.
Thanks so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Friday, 21 April 2017

University: How I Make Mind Maps

Hello everyone,

Today, I am bringing you another study with me vlog and in this one, I am showing you how I use mind maps to summarise information from my lecture notes. If you would like to see how I make my notes after lectures, then you can watch my other video which I included in another post here. I find mind maps really useful and they are so much fun to make so I hope this will serve as some sort of inspiration or motivation for anyone out there wanting to use mind maps as an effective study tool.


Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

My Week #15 In Review (2017)

Camp NanoWrimo Week 2, Dad's Birthday, Learning To Draw, Good Friday And Easter Celebrations

Delicious meal my mum made for me/ My Jesus drawing for good Friday/ Good Friday quote from Our Daily Bread Devotional/ Making mind maps and studying

Quote of the week:
"The best gift you can give yourself is time alone with God"

This week, I was working on a drawing project of Jesus, it was a picture I saw online and I thought it was really beautiful as the picture told the whole story of Jesus. I really loved the end results. If you would like to see more of the drawing progress then you can watch my camp nanowrimo vlog below.

We celebrated my Dad,s birthday on Tuesday. We bought him a cake, prayed for him, had a little meal at home and it was a nice time to spend with the whole family. 

Happy Belated Easter to all of you. Hope you had a lovely time. I always love the Easter time of year because it reminds me of the hope and strength we have in Christ. Every single time, I never get tired of being excited about the fact that Jesus is alive and because He is, we can have life in abundance.

Camp NanoWrimo Week 2 Vlog

This week was the second one of Camp Nanowrimo which is the virtual writing retreat I am taking part in. If you would like to see more about what I got up to including my daily word count then you can watch the vlog below.


Thanks ever so much for reading
Hope you have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My Week #14 In Review (2017)

Camp NanoWrimo Week One, Driving Lessons, Really Nice Weather

Out for lunch with my friends from college/ Going for a run/ A really sunny beautiful Saturday importance/ Having Malaysian curry for the first time/ I had to learn to use chop sticks too/ More bacon and cheese sandwiches/ On my way to Southampton to meet up with my friends/ Dessert- cheesecake

"My Hallelujah belongs to You. You deserve it"

The weather this week has been so lovely. It feels like it's summer already and I'm grateful to God that we can enjoy some sunshine especially after the cold winter months. Hopefully, summer would be even better. 

I've been home this week so I have been having more driving lessons. My test is in early May so I have only got a few weeks till I can take it. I am hoping and praying that I pass it first time as my theory test expires in June.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 1 Vlog

This week was the first one for Camp NanoWrimo which is the virtual writing retreat I am taking part in this month. I am vlogging my way through this month to show my progress as I try to finish the first draft of my poetry journal. If you want to see how well I did this week, you can watch the video below.
If any of you are doing Camp NanoWrimo too then please do let me know in the comments down below.



Hope you all had a lovely week.
Thanks so much for reading.
God bless.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

My Week #13 In Review (2017)

Handing In Practical Write Up, End Of Term, My First Blood Donation, Start Of Camp NanoWrimo, Going Home For Easter

Filling in a questionnaire before blood donation/ They finally put the needle in after all the checks/ The end of the blood donation/ They gave me free snacks,/ Packing to go home/ A sneak peak into one of my poems on instagram

Quote Of The Week
"It's time to start listening to the only voice that matters. The voice that says "You're loved""

This week, I handed in one of my last practical write ups of this semester. We will have one more write up after Easter but this only means that we are nearing the end of second year.

I donated blood for the very first time this week. I was a bit scared at the beginning as I hadn't had a good night's sleep but I made sure to have a really good breakfast. The nurses were really nice and the whole process went on quite smoothly. I think it is nice when you have the feeling that you might be able to save someone's life.

It is the end of term now and I am back home for the Easter break. The term was quite a busy one so I am glad that we get this month off to rest a little bit at home.

This week marked the start of Camp NanoWrimo on the 1st of April and this is a virtual writing retreat that is taking place throughout the whole month. I am going to be attempting to write 10.000 words this month as part of my poetry devotional and I will update you all as I go along.

I learnt a very important lesson this week about how to deal with rejection and negative thoughts. I shared a video on my channel talking all about this topic so you can check it out if you want.



Spring is finally here. The weather has been really lovely over these past few days and the flowers have started to bloom. I really do feel like we are going to be having a really good summer this year. Hopefully that will be the case.

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Song Of The Month
Victory Belongs To Jesus by Todd Dulaney


How was your week?
Please do let me know in the comments down below.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)