My Week at Uni – Reflection

Another week down and next week is our “student engagement week” otherwise known as half term or a week of no lectures.

This week was also my first week without a Wednesday lecture/lab session (these sessions will be every other week from now on) so I found myself with an extra day in my week!

I’ve found reflecting back on each week to be a really interesting and useful tool. When first thinking about any given week it’s easy to think it went quickly or that it was a blur or to actually think…hang on, what did I even do? So, it’s nice to look through and process what has actually been achieved or what hasn’t been, what you liked or what you didn’t and also what you can learn and grow from. Reflecting on the past is useful to process and move forward but is only truly relevant if you take things forward to use in the present. We don’t live in the past, we live in the present.

This week was a pretty hormonal one, for any period-having people out there you may know what I’m talking about. Lots of stomach cramps and feeling a bit emotional (even more so than normally!) Despite all this, it’s been quite a productive week. University study is focusing towards the in-class essay assignment for Chemistry which has been useful and in Biology there has been a lot of information thrown our way as usual! For work I’m trying to build my marketing knowledge, this is not something I know about or have done before so it’s new to me. I’m learning and trying to work on this.

Next week will be a great opportunity for me to further both these areas and possibly work on another little project I want to look into! Very excited going forward to implement things I’m learning and really move forward in all areas of my life.

Personal learning from this week: The power of reflection. Take time to look back and plan for the future but spend most of your time enjoying the present as that is the only time you have any control over!

Interesting facts learnt this week:

  1. Colon positioning can vary – not talking about grammar here! A colon (organ in the body) can be positioned differently in different people’s bodies. It can also get twisted (ouch!) but this can be sorted out with a massage (nice!)
  2. Bay leaves are awesome – Bay leaves can improve digestive health as they are a diuretic helping reduce toxicity in the body, the enzymes in bay leaves also help to breakdown some of the complex proteins we consume which are harder for the body to digest also increasing nutrient absorption. Bay leaves can help our heart health: caffeic acid helps eliminate bad cholesterol from the body and rutin strengthens the capillary walls in the heart, both are found in bay leaves! Bay leaves are anti-inflammatory, they contain a phytonutrient called parthenolide which can reduce inflammation and irritation. Bay leaves can help reduce anxiety and stress; linalool, found in thyme and basil as well as bay leaves, can help lower the level of stress hormones in the body. Bay leaves are anti-cancer, the antioxidants and compounds including phytonutrients, catechins, linalool, and parthenolide, protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals can alter normal healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. Bay leaves can manage diabetes improving insulin receptor function and lowering blood sugar levels. Basically… Bay leaves are awesome!
  3. All cells start the same – all cells start as stem cells, the way they divide out changes the type of cell it becomes. We humans start as embryonic stem cells and as the cells go through their cycles and divide and multiply we get all the other types of cells which make us the developed humans we are.

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