Name: Sarah Storrs
What did you intercalate in and where: BSc Endocrinology at Imperial College London
When did you intercalate: Between 2nd and 3rd year
Why did you choose to intercalate?
I really enjoyed endocrinology when we covered it in 2nd year and I thought it, and the lab time, would be a good experience career-wise. But I intercalated mostly to meet new people, gain new experiences and spend another year in London. (Also, another summer never goes amiss!)
What did you learn from your intercalation?
I’ve learnt a totally new way of working – balancing coursework and lectures has been an interesting one. I’ve also learnt that just because I have fewer lectures doesn’t mean I have less work!
But I’m gaining so many new skills – in critical analysis, scientific writing especially and have so much left to learn with my project in the third term. I’ve also learnt that I definitely chose the right BSc!
What has been the best part of your intercalation?
The best part so far has been meeting so many amazing people! I’ve loved integrating with people from other courses, especially medics and seeing how other universities socialise and study.
The course itself is very interesting, and it’s great being able to study a subject in more detail than time allows on the vet course.
What has been the worst part of your intercalation?
The commute and travelling are added dimensions and costs. The commuter life can be a stressful one though! I wouldn’t change my decision as I am enjoying exploring new areas of London.
Has it changed what you will do in the future?
I couldn’t say if it’s changed my future career because I haven’t even started thinking about that yet. But I would definitely say that it’s opened doors, especially in terms of research. Though I’ve always been more interested in the clinical aspects of veterinary medicine, now the research side definitely has its own appeal. I’m loving the course as well, and could see myself focussing on endocrinology at some point in the future.