UCL Earth Sciences


When it all fits together - why I study geology

9 January 2018

Arjun Anand, 2nd Year MSci Geology student's perspective on studying Earth Sciences.

Arjun Anand, on a peak in Durness, Scotland.

About a year back, a young and confused student walked out of terminal 5 at Heathrow knowing only that he knew nothing and no one. The point of it all eluded me. Well, I’m glad to say that I’m finally starting to get it. As I stood on a peak in Durness, warding off midges and fighting the cold, a ray of sunshine fell on the valley before me and just for a brief second it all made sense – the lines on my damp tracing paper came to life in the scenery before me and I finally understood the sheer scale of it and why I was there to learn it.

Of course, the next moment I was hit by a sudden torrential downpour but to all those first years out there asking yourself why you picked geology – Trust me on this, it’s worth it. I can’t say that I can now identify every rock and mineral in the world but I can at least see a rock and understand to some degree where it’s from and how it was formed. First year was quite a challenging experience but with the help of our very passionate teaching staff I can say that it definitely prepared me for facing this second year

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