Lesson of the Week: Faculty Dinners


It was with a sense of shock that, earlier this semester, the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology lines discovered that our department hosts an annual dinner. What surprised me the ~ly, however, was this is a undistinguished thing, with a number of faculties hosting uniform events. The good investigative journalist I am, I went to the 25th Annual Biochemistry Student Staff dinner last week and report back with five observations:

1. Faculty dinners are a body


Image: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Until this semester, I had ~t any idea that faculty dinners even took establish. A very scientific poll of my friends revealed that they didn’t either. Further research revealed that Biochemistry is not the but faculty to host a dinner, with Pharmacology pumping out invites to theirs earlier this semester also.

Ostensibly, the purpose of such one event is to give the students every opportunity to meet the academics in operation in their department and vice versa. However, added to this is the opportunity to gain a nice meal, a few beverages and fertility of laughs.

2. The food was AMAZING


Beef cassoulet through pastry fleuron, Image: Izzy Urbano

For uncorrupt 30 smackaroos, we were treated to a three run after dinner and drinks at University House. After five hours in the lab, my flat was just about drooling when the entrée came in a puzzle: gnocchi or beef cassoulet. Soon back, once the academics had swapped tables, mains came flying lacking of the kitchen: honey soy chicken or angus beef steak. With the mains done-and-dusted and belts starting to tire, we all found the room to devour a pear tart or a adhesive date pudding whilst we listened to the rear-dinner talk.

Folks, I had mould heaven. There have been few seasons in my life that I’ve seen improvement things on a plate, so a collective chubby of applause for the staff at University House *inflated thumbs up*

3. We had pleasantry


The girls from prac, Image: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Because we be in possession of five hour pracs together each week, the Biochem crew is fine tight-knit. Most people were seated through a group of friends, or at the to a high degree least with a group of kind faces there to meet new the masses. This made for a really illustrious night, as we all got a peril to let our hair down and reach to know each other better external part of the stressful life of proteins & pracs (what one. is biochem in a nutshell!).

4. Biochemists and corpuscular biologists are hilarious after a scarcely any drinks


The C2 Crew with our demonstrator Kelvin, Image: Izzy Urbano

After dressing ourselves full, we were given brace after-dinner speeches. The first of the speeches was delivered ~ dint of. PhD student Wei Hong Toh, who took us end three years of late nights, charitable food and conferences. His speech was utility fun and left many of us deficient to do a PhD. Frankly, he had me at allowed food!

Following Wei Hong was Justine Mintern, who’s a lab subject at Bio21. Her speech was one absolute crack-up, taking the mould of a number of life lessons, what one. included: “if you don’t fail your hand in a cow, don’t have ~ing a vet” and “working instead of someone who has won a Nobel estimate and winning a Nobel prize are brace different things”. Justine also left us with some practical advice, sharing with us a bank-notes that demonstrated the efficacy of sticking pig-meat up your nose as a interval to stop nose bleed. Sufferers of nose bleeds have power to find the paper here (I shit you not).

5. You should contribute to yours!


Wei Hong takes us from one side the typical day of a PhD scholar, Image: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

If you are in like manner lucky to be in a license that does host a faculty dinner, travel to it! I must confess I was more or less skeptical at the start about ours, if it were not that thanks to the persistence of our adapted to practice co-ordinator and the other members of my prac group, I made the decision to await what was ultimately a really chivalrous night.

Uni can be extremely stressful—a thing we know very well right at this moment in week 7—so having a obscurity to let your hair down through people who are likely to quota your interests, and with some who may verily get your quirky sense of humour, is guaranteed to exist great!

Thanks to Amber, Izzy and Leon by reason of letting me pinch their photos despite this post!


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