Student Life

Things You Realise After (at least) Four Years in Dundee

Homage to the class of 2014, here are some things that we have come to realise after (at least)four years at university in this fine city.


You'll have no idea what is going on in the world without Hermes.










If you thought you could speak English then you're wrong; who knew it's Nice-a not Neesa(aka the centre of the universe if you're a westender).



The bridge to Tesco will never be built, that is until the year after you graduate.



Riverside apartments are a mythical land.



Free heating in the library should not be taken for granted.



















You'll never stop wishing you could still have pre-drinks at Templelane.












RIP Tay Mills.



















Perth Road has an end.













"Going to Tesco" is a acceptable pastime.














You'll feel old at Skint by second year.












Nobody told me they actually charge you to graduate.


















North of Dundee does exist.




All of the No.5 buses have a name.
(Sorry about the crappy photo...)



At Grad ball you'll suddenly realise all the people you wished you'd got to know better. And those you're glad you'll never see again. 










(I'll happily see this lot again!)



It's about time you visited Newport but you'll only ever remember how long the Tay Bridge is when you are already halfway along it.












The library security guards are top of the food chain.












You'll never really be ready to leave...



---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Read about my exchange in Canada!


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

10 Things You Must Do During Your First Month In Dundee


1. CLIMB THE LAW

I say climb, but realistically I mean walk. Although at times you'll be shocked that paths can be this vertical without the need for harnesses. At the top you will experience the best view in Dundee as well as realising the city is much bigger than you thought.

Dundee gets phenomenal sunsets, and that's coming from an Orcadian!

2.VISIT CLARKIES AT AN UNGODLY HOUR.

Clarks 24-hour bakery is the compulsory stop on the way home after a night out and provides it's drunken clientèle with not only baked pastries but also chips with any topping you desire or if your arteries are feeling extra elastic then try their helicopter... Between 1am and 4am Clark's is also a great entertainment venue with music, comedy and the occasional fight.

Some of the Creatures in Clarks in the early hours...



3. ENJOY SUNDEE IN MAGDALEN GREEN

Dundee doesn't often get a good reputation, people think its a pretty horrible city. However, like any city there are good parts and bad parts but Magdalen Green is the jewel in the crown. You will come home with more pictures of the Magdalen green bandstand than you will have of anything else, including yourself, in Dundee. 
After the first glimpse of summer Magdalen Green becomes mobbed with pale bodies.

4. BOARD THE DISCOVERY

This is Dundee's main tourist attraction and is the abandoned ship from Captain Scott's expedition to the South Pole, we won't say what happened next as you can find that out for yourselves when you visit. Even if you don't learn anything it's fun to just look around the boat, just try don't get scared of Ernest Shackleton's ghost who has never left...

5. CROSS THE TAY BRIDGE 

This can be the rail bridge by train or the road bridge by car or preferably bike or foot - but beware as it is much longer than you think. The town on the other side is called Newport-On-Tay and the locals get to enjoy a wonderful view of our fine city all year round. Another option is to walk along the waterfront in Dundee which is just as enjoyable and doesn't give you the feeling of a point of no return.


6. BE A SKINT STUDENT

Skint is Dundee Union's ultimate student night where every Tuesday there is £1 entry, £1 drinks but that's not the cheapest thing in there - just check out Mono's dancefloor. Saying that, Skint is one of the craziest nights in Dundee but it's not suitable for the sober. If you don't like going out you can still benefit from skint by watching the dishevelled students on Wednesday lectures.


7. EMPTY YOUR WALLET AT G CASINO

I'm not 100% sure why, but for some reason poor Dundee Students think it's a great idea to go to a casino after a night at Fat Sams or Liquid and gamble away the rest of their overdraft. Alas everyone should go once even if you only last one round of blackjack. Grosvener Casino is open 24 hours-a-day and is right next to Dundee's biggest nightclubs and since it offers food, students naturally head in that direction. Although they leave with a full stomach more often than not that comes with an empty wallet.



8. LOOK UP AT MILLS OBSERVATORY

Other than the Law the other big hill in Dundee is Balgay Hill which is home to Mills Observatory which has regular star gazing sessions. You don't necessarily need the observatory to see the stars though as Dundee is one of the few cities with a fairly starry night. Balgay hill is also a fantastic place for a game of 1,2,3 or manhunt but not a night time walk by yourself as it looks like a classic horror-film setting.


9. TRY BABA'S SAUCE

Sunny is a local Dundonian with a bangladeshi takeaway en-route to Broughty Ferry (He used to be across from Clarks bakery so was well known to the students). As well as producing amazing curries, pizzas and kebabs he has created his own sauce to accompany them which follows a secret recipe which is almost impossible to even guess. He is currently trying to follow in the footsteps of Levi Roots by getting his sauce into supermarkets which shouldn't be too difficult!
Apologies for the poor photo, it was the only one I had thanks to
my flatmate tormenting me all the way in Canada.

10. RECYCLING CENTRE

Tayside recycling is a treasure trove of old furniture, books, maps and anything else you could possibly not need. However if you do need to get something for the household, this is a great cheap place to start. However if you're someone, like me, who just likes to rummage then you will easily enjoy a whole day rummaging through the warehouse.


Things I didn't have room for: The botanics, Frasers Fruit and Veg, Grouchos and the DCA)


____________________________________________________________

Tis the Season to be S.A.D

Winter is the time for Christmas cheer when everyone gets excited to eat their body weight in food and cosy up on the sofa to watch Murder on the Orient Express. But this isn't for all people, yes you get your usual Chrismas Grinch who has a phobia of Tinsel but some people dread winter before it's even begun.
The winter blues is a somewhat colloquial term for when the weather is getting us down and we've forgotten that daylight isn't always laced in cloud and washed down with rain. Feeling low from time to time in winter is perfectly normal but some people get a much more serious seasonal depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or more conveniently - SAD.

SAD affects over 12 million people in the Northern Hemisphere and 2 million in the UK alone, yet it is surprisingly unknown. It is found predominantly in people between their late teens to thirties and symptoms are similar to depression:
 - a lack of energy during the day to get anything done
 - sleeping problems from too little to too much
 - prone to illness
 - mood changes - manic stages in Autumn and Spring which means SAD is often wrongly diagnosed as manic depression
 - Anxiety and social problems - panic attacks, stressed, doesn't want to see people
 - loss of labido
 - Craving of carbohydrates and weight gain
 - alcohol and drug abuse


In winter it is likely to wake up while it's dark and by the time you leave work/school it's dark again. Before the invention of the light bulb, people would sleep when it was dark and be active when it was light outside, simple. Nowadays we revolve our lives around a rota to keep up with someone else's demands and we ignore our natural body rhythms. Light tells our bodies that it's not time to sleep and we trick our brains on a day to day basis using laptops screens, tv screens and light bulbs. SAD is becoming more common and I predict it will become more-so in the future thanks to the facebook generation and the growing habit of staying up late in front of a computer screen.
You'd think all this artificial light would mean people shouldn't be getting SAD but this isn't the case. It is just meaning we are not getting "real light" from the biggest light bulb there is: the sun. Two chemicals in the brain are thought to effect SAD: melatonin and seretonin. Melatonin is related to our sleep cycle and high levels of it make us sleepy. Suffers of SAD have often described a need to hibernate over winter. Studies on melatonin production in sufferers shows that they produce a higher-than-normal level of melanonin in Winter, similar to hibernating animals. People with SAD will struggle to get out of bed on the sunny side of lunchtime, if at all during the day. Seretonin is a happy chemical and it is produced in bucket loads when we have a really good hug. Sufferers of SAD and depression have lower levels of seretonin and it is thought that the seretonin in these people may not actually work properly.


Most people just have a mild form of SAD but at least 2% of the UK have a much more serious form of the condition where they cannot study or hold down a job over the winter. Treatment is available but there is currently no real cure other than willpower. One of the most effective forms of treatment is the use of a lightbox which uses a special lightbulb giving off 2500 lux -10,000 lux (to put that in perspective since you don't really need to know what  a lux is: an office gives off about 400 lux but the sun ranges from 32000 - 100,000lux). There are several different models but can be quite expensive and they are not currently available on the NHS. However more affordable models in the form of "sunrise clocks" are now available. The light can be switched on at a desk while you do work etc and simulates a little bit of sunshine indoors and has been proven to vastly improve symptoms when used daily.

To just prevent the winter blues or to help reduce the effects of SAD there are a few tricks you can live by:

 - When the sun is out, GET OUTSIDE!   I know here in Scotland even if the sun's out it doesn't seem strong enough to sunburn a ginger without their suncream, but it will make you feel better even if you don't notice it instantly. Try to get outside at least once a day while there is day light.Stick a note on your laptop to remind you.  If all else fails book a holiday to somewhere warm and sunny for a few weeks, after winning the lottery that is.

 - Exercise - This can help tick off two things at once, go a run or a cycle outside but if you prefer running in a room full of body builders then that's fine too. As we are all told, exercise releases endorphins which do make you feel good afterwards even if you feel like and asthmatic sloth in the process. Plus if you keep it up you'll start to get addicted and miss it when it's gone. Eating those green things they call vegetables helps too.

  Ignore stress in Winter - Now I know most people have exams around Christmas and they can't really be ignored but make that your biggest stress of the season. Plan ahead in winter, just like you were going to hibernate: get your presents sorted early and stock up the cupboards. Major life-changing plans should definitely be put off for a time when you will be feeling much more proactive, that is if you can sometimes things happen just when you don't want them too.

 - Morning Sunshine! - Try to get in a routine of waking up before the afternoon, you will get more out of your day and might even get outside. It may sound simple but in the height of winter it can seem so horrible outside there is no point getting out of bed. There is no use feeling sorry for yourself because everyone else will be pitying you, and not in the good way. In the end nobody is going to drag your carcass out of the bed but yourself.
Although SAD is prevalent in high northern and southern latitudes, you probably don't have it.  You probably have the "winter blues" I mentioned at the start, but if you are worried then go and see your GP or a counselling service.





------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Read about my climb up Mount Kilimanjaro through the University of Dundee here...


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The following article was recently adapted and published on the website for the Independent news paper. Safe to say that's a career high so far! See it all shiny and posh here!

Dear 6th Year/Form Me...

I just filled in a survey for uni and they asked me what advice I'd give a future student from a similar background as me. I thought I would take it as an opportunity to share things I wish I knew when I started the UCAS process; the tedious prelude to one of the most important chapters of your life...


Make sure you choose your course wisely and go for something you think you'll genuinely enjoy, not just something you think you will get you a job. If you do your degree well you should get a job regardless, plus it is more likely you will end up doing something you enjoy. If you have to take a year or so out to figure this out then go ahead. Don't let a school force you into applying for something you are not sure you want to do.  If it turns out university isn't for you then that's fine and don't let your school try to change your mind just so they get an extra tick on their inspections. Some of the most influential(and richest!) people I know never went to university at all.

When it comes to picking a university, choose a university which has a good reputation with their students and not just with the league tables. Meeting new people and discovering who you are are one of the best reasons to go to uni, otherwise all you will get out of the experience is a bit of paper with your name and a crest. It's time to stop being who you think you should be and just be yourself, it's not school anymore and nobody really cares what clothes you wear.

Don't be scared to live up to the student stereotype, it's the only time you can!
Don't stress over lectures and coursework too much in first year. I'm not saying don't go or work hard, it's just you probably aren't going to miss much that you can't read up on later. First year is a prime time to join as many societies than humanly possible and add all those drunken toilet best friends on facebook. Do something interesting with your time and learn something you've always wanted to learn or get a part time job to add to your infinite list of skills. Employers will be more interested in the people who can show they know the world outside the library. You have all of third and fourth year to slave away in the library and complaining how young everyone is and how little money and time you have, as that's when the grades start to add up.


If you apply and hate your course, it's not the end of the world. Some people are guilty of just sticking it out to not cause a fuss, eg yours truly. Don't listen to other opinions and do what makes you happy, it's much easier to realise this sooner rather than later. Its surprisingly easy to change course in first, or even second year.


If you make good friends at uni, stick by them as they are probably going to be in your life from now on. It's likely you'll make hundreds of new"friends" in your first few years but only a few will last the distance and those you thought would might just change come third year and it could sneak up on you. Sometimes you don't meet your best friends until third and fourth year when the classes get smaller and you start hanging around with more like-minded people. Sometimes you don't meet the best people in the world until it's a month before you're about to leave. However, don't be deceived by the fact that because you are friends means you will be great flatmates, everyone has (surprisingly) different living standards and they don't always correspond to yours.


Your time at university will undoubtedly be full of memories, or lack of them ;). Getting the most out of university is all about finding a perfect balance of the work hard play hard ethic. Unlike a lot of people's experience at school, you will find somewhere to fit in even if it isn't straight away you'll know when it happens. Don't hold back and just make the most of what's on offer to you, never again will you have so much opportunity just served on a plate right under your nose.

Uni allowed me to climb Mt Kilimanjaro for crying out loud! Get out there!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Memoirs of an Air League Scholar


On a New Year’s resolution style whim I applied for a scholarship from the Air League which offered 12 hours flying towards gaining your Private Pilots Licence (PPL).  Shortly after applying I got invited to an interview at Tayside aviation. I was petrified for technical questions or some mental maths but all they were testing me on was my interest in flying.  I was interviewed by Kate Watt who is the Scholarship manager at Tayside and Michael Todhunter from The Swire Charitable Trust who would be my sponsor. Although I was 15 minutes early my interview, it finished before it was even meant to start. I left feeling confident as the only note Mr Todhunter made was “v. good.”

A few days later while I was passing Dundee on the train on the way back from Edinburgh I got a phone call from Tayside Aviation telling me I had won the scholarship! I couldn't believe it and I spent the rest of the train trip smiling like an idiot.

Three months later at 8:30am on the 21st of August I was starting my training. I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea what to wear or what to bring except for sunglasses. I was training alongside Air Cadets who had travelled from all over the country to carry out their Air Cadet Pilot Scheme training. It turned out even though they were 3 years younger than me, they all had gliding scholarships under their belts.  The other Air League scholar was a girl who had already done the ACPS course and was also studying Aeronautical engineering.  Even the introductory lecture made me feel like the dunce of the class.

The next day I got to meet my instructor and get into a plane for the first time since a Groupon trial flying lesson. I was both terrified and excited.  I can't say I got on amazingly well with my instructor as I don't think he was quite aware that I was not as clued up as everybody else. However his cruel-to-be-kind tactics got me studying harder which in retrospect was very useful.

On my first day in the sky I had to get taught all the basics of flying and there wasn't really time to run over things twice. The amount of work I had to do in the first three days of my scholarship was more than I felt like I had done the whole summer including climbing Kilimanjaro and working at Wimbledon. Even though it was hard work and I dreaded what my instructor was going to tut at next, when I was up in the air I enjoyed every minute! Remember that buzz you had during driving lessons when your instructor stopped clinging onto the edge of the chair? Well try that buzz 3000ft in the sky.

In the first few lessons we flew out of Dundee airpace to practice climbing, descending and stalling out of harms way.  Once we had ticked the boxes on the basics we spent time learning the circuit around the airport for landing and take-off. The cadets and myself were aiming to go solo within 12 hours of flying which involved doing one of this circuits without the help of an instructor. I wasn't thinking hopefully as I just couldn't catch up as quickly, I would rather get hold of the basics properly than rush them just to go solo. After seven days  I had clocked up my 12 hours and I had learnt more in the past few days than I had in two years of a degree, as well as realising a childhood dream.

Pretty much anyone is eligible to apply to a scholarship as long as they show enough enthusiasm and can afford the annual members fee(about £30 for students). The current price for getting your PPL is currently around £6000-£7000 and if that scares you don’t even think about the price of the full commercial licence. Other than entering through the RAF, becoming a pilot is a posh boys game and those with access to Mummy and Daddy funds. However scholarships are becoming more readily available and the RAF Air Cadet scheme is also a great way to get a foot in the door.

If anyone wants tips or advice on applying for a scholarship then please leave a comment and I will get back to you!



---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Internet Broke, so I did this - 9/5/12




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

May 4th 2012
If there is every a day to wear this bracelet, today is it. 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Daily Battles -04/12

                                      Win of the Day: 5 PPL textbooks for £2.30



Loss of the Day: Antimalarials set me back £73.53...



------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Home Comforts -04/12

What makes you feel most at home?
Heading North
My Local Chippy (& a Patty Supper)

The Dog

My Dear Cleo
Expriencing all the seasons


Central heating ;)


































---------------------------------------------------------------------

Rose's Day Out In Perth - 03/12

After waking up every hour from 6am to 11am my alarm finally went off and I allowed myself to get out of bed, I didn't want to be tired today as I was going to be put behind the hands of one of man's most impressive feats of engineering.

I was finally getting to fly a plane, something I have wanted to do since I first looked up into the sky. I was getting a half-hour "lesson" with Leading Edge Aviation which have a base in Scone, just outside Perth. After realising both my pilot's jacket and pilot's hat was going to be a little bit over zealous , I buttoned up my jacket and headed to the station.

It was a perfect day for flying; there was barely a cloud in the sky and no noticeable wind. I was so eager that I arrived at the station a good half-an-hour early so to pass the time I talked to the pigeons, they were extra photogenic today; posing with breadcrumbs the kids were throwing. After getting strange looks from mothers as they edged their children away from the crazy lady, I got onto the train.
The Poser Pigeon
The train from Perth to Dundee is a mere 20 minutes and the walk from the train station to South Street (where I was catching my bus) was expected to take the same amount of time, in retrospect I should really remember that Google Maps is probably overcompensating. With plenty of time to spare I waited for my bus to Scone and I realised I should probably google how to pronounce Scone, turns out it's Scoon. Saved myself from looking like an ignorant tourist there.

Perth takes you by surprise, it has a group of grand buildings making up it's centre that you would expect to find in Paris and Vienna, not central Scotland. The silvery Tay splits the city in two, again mimicking the blue Danube in Prague and Vienna, with a procession of bridges linking them together. Perth, although being around since the first stone circles were set down in the area in 4000BC, has just regained it's title as a city to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Perth's Grand Museum and Art Gallery

Examples of Perth's Waterfront



To go with the rest of the day and my keen spirit I arrived in Scone a whole hour early, mainly because the bus service was determined not to let me arrive at the airport for 3pm. I  decided to use this extra time to my advantage and go and explore Scone. Unfortunately you can easily walk the length of Scone and pick up a sandwich from Tesco in under half-an-hour. In the Taxi up to the airport I realised the airport was just around the corner from where the bus had left me off, and the driver made sure I did realise this. However the actual complex was a bit of a maze and I would have got lost in a field and before I knew it I would be on the runway. However, even the taxi driver sent me to the wrong building.
Perth Airport

Just as I entered the building I was essentially just whisked off onto the runway. My instructor reminded me somewhat of the lead singer of Keane and some Cambridge rich kid, so essentially the same thing, however surprisingly lacking in arrogance. It felt like my first driving lesson all over again as I fumbled about with the seatbelt, shutting it in the door several times and not entirely sure what to do. There were numerous pre-flight checks both inside and outside the plane and then there was the initial gibberish between the plane and the traffic control tower and then before I knew it we were off.

I know I was in a measly Cessna 152 but taking off was well, easy. Open the throttle full, get up to 60mph and then start to point the nose upward and you barely even feel it! I am sure I didn't notice something but it was amazing how simple and effortless it seemed. Even though I was only up for half-an-hour and there is not much you can do, I still got solo control of a plane which was a dream come true. I got to steer pretty much up until landing and my instructor said that if there wasn't such a strong tail wind he would be tempted to let me try to land! I wasn't nearly going to trust myself though... Flying a plane, superficially, was a lot easier than made out; it's just a series of small adjustments as if you were driving a car, except you are well off the ground -although I am sure on the big planes it's a lot more complicated. The half-hour went far too quickly but it gave me a taster of something I will be addicted to, as unhappy as my bank balance will be about it, well my parent's bank balance.


Some photos mid-spin to make my Mother's stomach turn.


After the lesson and thanking my instructor, especially as he said I seemed like a natural, I walked back to Scone with a huge smile on my face like a child who just found out they were going to Disneyland. The bus back to Perth was late but I didn't mind, it was sunny and I had a good book. The bus wound through Scone and I noticed there were some parks to explore, just off the main road. By the time I got back to Perth there was only 5 minutes until my train home and I don't think I could beat GoogleEarth, especially as the bus dropped me somewhere different... Everytime I go into Perth I miss someform of connecting transport and I began to wonder if this was some kind of ploy by the Perth and Kinross council to make you explore more of the city. There was a good hour and forty-five minutes before the next train north but the sun was still shining, my camera was fully charged and I hadn't finished my book. As I wandered along the waterfront I eyed up several nooks and crannies but I noticed a certain little garden on the other side of the river which I decided would be my base for the next hour at least. I perched on a staircase and sat and read in the sun as jet-ski's flew past on the river. It was the most relaxed I had felt in such a long time, sitting in the sun and making an everyday feel like a holiday.

My Spot
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Jedi Studies 03/12










Who said students were a waste of space?

We realised toy lightsabers and slow shutter speed photography = endless fun.

--------------------------------------------------------------------


Kilimanjaro Article For The Orcadian 11/11


Here is the article I submitted to my local paper in Orkney about my new adventure to climb Kilimanjaro next summer.


Anyone who knows me knows that I can't stay still for long; I always have to have an adventure planned. I have no real long term goal and no proper career plan in mind as being stuck doing the same thing makes me shudder in fear. For example; Although I am studying biology at the University of Dundee I think being an airline pilot would be the best job in the world but that is only if I fail at becoming a wildlife photographer or travel journalist. All in all I just want is too have an interesting story to tell at the end.

I was into my second year at university and it had been two years since my last big expedition, I had spent the summer working every-day in my mother’s cafĂ© in Hoy and the novelty of being at university has begun to wear off. I needed a new fun project so set my sights on, and an exciting new place to go. Then one day in September, I got an email tempting me with an information evening for a charity climb up Mount. Kilimanjaro. The email didn't say much more than that, and naturally I spent a few days “deciding” but I think at the moment I read the email I knew what my answer was going to be.

At the information evening I found out that the charity Childreach International were offering around twenty students from the university of Dundee to climb the world’s highest free-standing mountain next summer. The trip will cover 10 days; 6 days including the trek and 2 days either side to prepare/recover and to visit projects where the money we raise will go as well as 8 days independently funded travel around Africa. Childreach International is a registered international development charity providing community based development for children around the world including access to healthcare, education and human rights. They work in nine countries around the world with companies to establish community-based development projects to help children reach their full potential no matter their background, race or gender.

Kilimanjaro is found in Tanzania; sitting proud next to the border with Kenya. Kilimanjaro is made up of three-volcanic peaks; Kibo, Shira and Mawenzi, where Kibo is the highest of the three at 5,895m above sea level. The trek will take me through three different eco-zones starting with a lush rainforest at the base, a dry lunar landscape and finally the snow-capped peak. There are six official trekking routes each with different difficulties and success rates. We will be taking the Machame route which is one of the longest but this is due to having a higher summit-success rate. Four days are spent walking through the day, on average six hours per day, until the fifth day where we will endure a night climb starting around midnight and aiming to reach the summit in time for breakfast to watch the sunrise. The descent will only take one day as we don’t have to take acclimatisation into consideration and we can finally have a well-earned rest in the hotel.

Other than the initial buzz of a spontaneous decision, I took up the challenge because it is one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities and I don’t think I will get many chances to go to Africa again! Myself, like most children, dreamt of experiencing the real “Lion King” after exhausting my parents of the film, either that or repeatedly asking for a pet Lion or Zebra.

Compared to mainstream adventure travel companies, this charity offers a very reasonable fundraising target which is a very important factor as a student! It’s like getting a reward for raising so much for a good cause! I also get the chance to go with people I know and a group of like-minded people all studying at Dundee. Other than actually climbing the mountain I am most excited about the opportunity to fund our own independent travel for 8 days afterwards. Here we can do anything from a safari to sunbathing on the island of Zanzibar! I am currently looking into doing a safari for a few days to keep my camera happy and if my savings allow me, perhaps a trip to Rwanda or Uganda to see Mountain gorillas.

Our departure date is the 14th July 2012 when we will depart from Heathrow and fly to Nairobi, Kenya before a 6-7 hour bus ride to Moshi, Tanzania at the foot of the hill. However like any adventure, the adventure starts before you arrive. The trip will be physically demanding for my muscles, asthma and immune system; I have to get a total of eight vaccinations as well as taking anti-malarial’s. Although the success rate of the route I am taking is high there is still a one-in-five chance of not reaching the top, but with plenty of aerobic training it is more likely. The thought of having to turn back a mere 300m from the famous wooden sign at Uhuru Point would be devastating, so I have begun training already by getting on the treadmill for a half-hour run every-day! Each of us have to raise around £2,500 each, where £1,990 will go straight to projects by Childreach international and the rest is for flights. We are hoping to reach our target by having some group fundraising events in Dundee as well as some at home, sponsorship and out of our own pocket. For my expedition to Norway with the British School’s Exploring Society I experienced the generosity of people in Orkney as they helped me raise over £4000 towards my scientific research adventure in the Arctic. However, as I am based in Dundee for the majority of the year, organising events in Orkney is rather difficult but watch this space! At the moment I am only hoping to generate an interest with those at home and I hope they are excited as I am!

Anyone who is interested in donating something towards my(Rose’s) climb can do-so at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rosematheson
For more information on the charity and what they do you can visit their website: www.childreach.org.uk

No comments: