Looking Back on 2017: The year I became Dr Kimmy!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I can’t quite believe I’m writing this post…. how is it the end of 2017 already?!? This year has FLOWN by. 

I got to travel to some pretty wonderful places…

This year has been pretty awesome for travel. We started the year in the Lake District, where we were treated to beautiful frosty sunrises and pretty walks. Then, in June, we spent a lovely weekend in Paris. Paris honestly exceeded all my expectations – I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, and given how easy it is to get there on the Eurostar…. I feel another trip on the horizon? Maybe? Aled? PLEASE? Hehe. I think the absolute highlight for me this year travel-wise was our trip to Norway in August, where we hiked the epic Trolltunga! It was one of those pinch-me moments, because it had been on my bucket list for so long and it was a really challenging hike! Norway is another country that I’m desperate to return to and explore some more. If anyone else loves hiking, mountains, and beautiful scenery…. Norway ticks ALL those boxes. Then, our final travel highlight of the year was our two-week trip to the States. Which was tiring, but AH-MAZING. We spent a couple of days in NYC, which is a city that I never tire of. I’m not normally a city person, but for some reason I am ALWAYS in the mood for New York, and when I’m there I get all the fuzzy feels. Then, we spent a week-and-a-bit roadtripping around New England living our best grandma/pa life, doin’ some leaf-peeping! I LOVE autumn – it’s my favourite season. I love the coziness of it all…and since the people of New England do ‘Fall’ better than anyone, this trip was my idea of heaven!

 

 

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After 3 great years, I’m finally a Dr !

At the ripe old age of 26…. 11 GCSE’s, 4 A levels, and 3 degrees later…. I think I’m finally done with education! I’ve finished my PhD! For the last 3 years, I’ve been working hard in the lab, where I’ve been researching the molecular mechanisms of inflammation! And a few days ago, I passed my Viva! *Fist pump!!!* I actually really enjoyed my PhD. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few months in my second year where nothing was working and I thought “Why am I putting myself through this?!“, but for the most part, I had a great time. I worked in a brilliant lab with pretty great people, and I had a really awesome project. Over the last three years, during my masters and PhD, I’ve got to experience the quirky University of Cambridge college lifestyle – the fancy gowns, formal dinners, and May Balls. It’s been super fun!

 

So… 2017 was a pretty great year. No wonder it went so quickly… time flies when you’re having fun after all! And 2018 is set to be even better… 

 

 

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