That’s right ladies and gents, it’s time for the World Cup. Oh, you didn’t know? Where have you been, in a cave?! I didn’t watch the England match live, but I did catch-up on iPlayer. Toby asked who I will be supporting - England and South Africa. I’m dual nationality! But if they both get into the final (ha) then it will be the Lions. I only lived in SA for five years, most of which I don’t remember, after all.
The weekend consisted of my own packing, and scoring a big TV and a load of stuff off Minyi, who moves back to Korea today. This is very bad news as she finished her degree and possibly will not be back, ever. We are all hoping and praying she gets a PhD in Australia, but also hoping she doesn’t she she tries to get one in England. Selfish? Yup.
Monday was busy. My old school, Ivybridge Community College, came to London to the Science Museum. I went and met up with my ex-physics teacher and the rest who had come on the trip, and had a bit of a catch-up. He is the reason I’m doing what I’m doing (“Corrie, girls don’t do physics…” “Where do I sign up?”) and I feel I owe him a lot. As a result, I became a ‘mystery celebrity’ – this entailed wandering the halls of the museum being spotted by kids and having my photo taken with them. The scariest thing about it was I don’t recognise most of the Year 9′s and 10′s from my school…I only left three years ago!! They got prizes for it, and it was quite funny watching them all catch on when I was hovering in the background after they’d been in the Launchpad so that I didn’t lose them, and them trying to take surreptitious photos. We went and saw Hubble 3D in the IMAX and they headed back to the Shire.
It was lovely to see how enthusiastic the teachers got about the practical science in the Launchpad. When they are your teachers, you don’t think of them as scientists - when we were watching the ice melty thing, one of them started explaining nucleation and dendritic growth to me (which we covered in first and second years). I was too polite to interrupt (but it was fun feeling like I know stuff) because I got the feeling they were revelling in being able to talk about something a bit more complex than GCSE/A Level Science.
If you have any doubts about applying to IC and studenting here, I have one thing to say to you. Free weekday IMAX tickets at the Science Museum. That’s right folks, if you flash your ID card at them, you get in. Free.
To get another Materials Scientists view about internships, Ashton’s blog is updated to include America. He’s all-round better at blogging than me, but please don’t leave me either! Haha.