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Welcome to PRISM, SCISOC's fortnightly newsletter! This week, we look into our upcoming event, Level Up, as well as a quick overview of our "What to Study" series that we've been posting recently. For Find Your Future, we've interviewed Manish Srijam, a Medicinal Chemistry graduate. Finally, in the Fun Corner, we've documented ways to make your study notes more aesthetic and easy to read in preparation for your finals!
Level Up
Congratulations, “Level up” successful!
Come and join us at SCISOC's latest event, LEVEL UP! This is your chance to collaborate together to complete a range of mini challenges across a range of categories, with the goal to end the most points by the end of the day.
You have 24 HOURS to compete, with a list of challenges being released at midnight on the 1st August. To win a copy of JACKBOX for the platform of your choice and be featured on SCISOC's Facebook Page, all you need to do is submit individual clips of you and your teammates completing each of the challnges to earn points!
Register here to confirm your place in the competition!
Location: SCISOC Playground Discord
Time: Saturday 1st August (Week 9) from 12:01am to 11:59pm
What to Study Series?
Don’t know what to pick for your science major or what a certain major does? Check out the “What to Study Series” on our Facebook Group to read about the various types of majors and what each major means.
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Find Your Future is your guide to choosing a major that will benefit you the most by interviewing different science graduates, alumni and UNSW Science faculty staff for their unique experiences in the field. For this week’s issue, we interviewed Manish Srijam, who studied a 👨‍🔬🧪Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry🧪👨‍🔬, and used it to pursue a PhD in Chemistry and Nano-Medicine. 
Check out our interview with him below to learn more about the journey he underwent throughout his career, and how both his degree and passion for other fields helped contribute to the position he’s in today.
Manish Srijam
What degree did you study?
I studied a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) and then went on to pursue a PhD in Chemistry and Nano-Medicine.
How did you choose your major? Did you ever consider changing your major throughout your degree?
When I finished High School, I was in two minds. Part of me was intrigued by the world of chemistry and science, the other part by computers and technology. The two degrees that I considered were Computer Science and Chemistry. After attending a Career’s day, I spoke with Associate Professor Jonathan Morris, and from there decided that Medicinal Chemistry was the path that I wanted to pursue.
During my degree, I never thought that I would spend another 3.5 years pursuing research and was fairly adamant that once I finished honours, I would go get a job. However, I really enjoyed my Honours research year in the Gooding group and the passion for my research project is what led me to continue on to do a PhD. I never really considered changing my major but I often had doubts about what I wanted to do long term. In the end, it always came down to following my interests and passion, which always (even now) led me in the right direction.

How did your major influence the intern/research/grad roles that you applied for/currently working in now?
My PhD was centred around working on creating a diagnostic tool for early disease diagnosis. What I do now and what I studied at uni have very little connection. However, when I started applying for internships and jobs, I initially started looking for things to do with science and commercialisation. The only internship I applied for (which in hindsight, I wish I had applied for a lot more) was for a biotech commercialisation company. I did end up getting offered the internship but a year after I applied and 6 months after I started my full-time job... (cont.)
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As final timetable dates and times were released on Monday 20th July, finals are approaching soon and we’ve decided to share with you our top 4 tips on how to make pretty (and effective) study notes. In the Fun Corner this week, we've provided you with some of our study notes as examples on how we make notes. Remember, we all have different studying styles, so hopefully this will either provide you with practical tips, motivate you to study or merely give you an enjoyable article to read. 
Tip 1: Add colour
Using colour throughout your notes can easily increase the aesthetics of your study notes. I personally find colour coding each course, or each topic in a course can really help section your notes and add to the overall appeal. For me personally, colour helps me with memorisation and it makes studying a little bit more fun.
- Erica Jin
Tip 2: Incorporate diagrams
Diagrams again help make your notes more appealing and are a great tool to help visualise processes or things we cannot see with a naked eye, like different parts of the cell. I find enjoyment drawing the diagrams and colouring it in, which allows me to learn but also take a break from writing or reading. It is also a good way to consolidate your notes into a picture.
- Erica Jin
Tip 3: Use a binder
A binder makes it easy to remove, add, and reorganise sheets into your own mini study guide. A good quality A4-sized binder is worth the investment, especially if you get a lot of hand-outs or worksheets. With a binder, you can remove your initial scribbling and rambling and replace it with more efficient, edited notes that you can revise from.
- Aileen Heal
Tip 4: Don’t stress about it!
There’s no need to make your notes pretty the first time around! When listening to lectures or participating in tutorials scribble down everything you find important. Cross things out, circle key words, mark important points, and cover the whole sheet in question marks! The best thing about making messy notes is that it allows you to concentrate on processing the information - not on perfect handwriting. This gives you the opportunity to go back and create stunning and well-organised study notes after knowing all the information, writing down only key points rather than a full-blown transcript of your class. Plus, it’s a fun way to revise and go over everything!
- Aileen Heal
UNSW Science Society is proud to announce our continued partnership with GradReady through 2020. GradReady provides GAMSAT Preparation courses for anyone looking to pursue Medicine after they graduate. This process starts earlier than you think, so if you’re studying medical science or just have that passion, check out what they have to offer!
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