Now that I’ve shaken my annual winter cold and enjoyed the usual Christmas Day activities, I’ve decided to make my first entry in to the Imperial blogosphere and introduce myself; thus, hello. I’m Jacob.
Oh dear, a semicolon already - and not a piece of code in sight, unlike my blogging colleague Anas. As you may have guessed from the blog header, I’m one of that rare breed of Imperial students undertaking a Humanities degree, namely the MSc in Science Communication. There are a disproportionate number of us blogging for Imperial, but whether that is due to our love for the written word or the fact that one of our lecturers handed out student blogging fliers in the first week of term, I’m not sure.
So, that’s what I do now, but perhaps you’d like to know a little bit more about me. I have lived in North London for all of my life, except for the previous four years which I spent in Bristol. After finishing school the thought of studying at a London university seemed horrifying, so I headed west in search of a Mathematics degree. Having learnt about the wonders of prime numbers, cryptography and general relativity, I decided a career in maths was not for me, and graduated in 2007. After a short stint trying to make it as a TV script-writer, I found myself working for a bank - things weren’t exactly going to plan.
Then, I discovered the Science Communication course and realised that this was exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Combining a passion for both writing and science seemed perfect, and after four years away from the capital I was ready to return. I applied immediately, and managed to land myself an interview. It ended up being conducted in the car park (I’ll tell you about that another time) but I must have done alright, because here I am.
I hope to be blogging here fairly regularly, though I’m still working out the tone and content of future posts in my head. I also blog daily (yes, daily) at my own site Just A Theory about science and the media, so I can safely say I’ll be exploring other areas on this blog. You can also find me in Imperial’s science magazine I, Science, for which I am reviews editor, and both behind and in front of the camera at Stoic tv.
Other than that, I’m your typical Imperial geek: I play too many video games, worship at the throne of Joss Whedon, and dabble in Linux. Hopefully current and prospective students alike will find this blog entertaining, and maybe even useful. See you around campus!