We sent a Sociology fresher to a medicine lecture

Turns out it’s pretty hard


Everyone at uni seems to think that medics have the rawest deal. They slave away with their crazy contact hours and get very little in return. Well, apart from admiration from everyone and their mum for choosing to do the most noble of professions. But how hard are their lectures anyway? I’m at a Russell Group uni, I worked hard to get in, surely there can’t be that much between me and the white-jacketed squad?

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crossing the bridge of sorrows

I wanted to see what a “hard” lecture was like for myself, so I decided to go undercover and push myself into the deep end and go a medicine lecture on genetics.

Qmc has the quality of being the most hygienic and filthiest place of all time, it’s a truly bizarre place, kind of smells like fear.

It was very hot, the warmth smacked you in the face, but I must say medics keep themselves looking sharp despite the incredibly sweaty environment

It is a dark, dark place

I arrived to a much larger lecture theatre to the ones I’m used to, the desks strewn with countless handouts. I overheard the familiar chit chat of the pre lecture, however being in a seemingly more masculine environment I noticed phrases like “bros before hoes” being used more frequently and to my horror, more seriously. The lecture itself was on genetics, and I hoped that understanding the context of the lecture would help me understand the content more clearly. I was very, very wrong.

The lecturer was not like other lecturers, he had this smugness about him that in any other person I would totally hate but because he whipped out all these classy anecdotes of being a doctor I felt like I had to respect him. It seemed like most social science and humanities lecturers will ignore sleepy students, but this guy had the balls to call out every single person who was not paying attention. I was sitting in fear hoping he didn’t notice I was imposter.

She's had enough

She’s had enough

As the lecture played out I felt like I sort out knew what the guy was talking about. I have never heard the word “protein” used so much in one sentence. What I did pick out from the lecture was that scientists love acronyms. Their world made all the more exclusive if you don’t already know what they stand for. I feel like the main difference from STEM to other subjects is the required background knowledge. I feel like anyone could walk into one of my sociology lectures and understand them because the content is based upon the everyday happenings of human life, things we all experience and notice, whereas science is always looking at the specific aspects to how things work and the things we don’t yet understand.

Ready 2 Lrn

Ready 2 Lrn

I thought I had the whole thing cracked, but when my medic friend asked me to summarise what actually happened I didn’t really have a clue. All I really took from the lecture was that protein was a big deal, and amino acids weren’t just something to do with Gaviscon. So in fairness to medics you live a tough life, a life I wouldn’t want to lead.