Adam David Hocking
What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?
My favourite aspect of the degree was the final year research project. I was tasked with investigating a proposed molecular mechanism which may enable night migratory songbirds to detect the Earth’s geomagnetic field and use it to assist with navigation. This project gave me the opportunity to use the theory and analytical skills I developed during the rest of the degree programme and apply it to an original research question. This included use of specialist technologies such as a mass spectrometer, followed by evidence-based analysis and interpretation of the data. This investigation was an extremely rewarding process for someone with a scientific mindset.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
University of Exeter Climbing Club.
What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?
The opportunity to meet some extraordinary people. This includes students, staff, and locals alike. Getting to know these people has enriched my time here at Exeter and has enhanced my own personal growth and development as a person as I now look to move on to new things.
What will you miss the most about University?
I am lucky that I still have another year of University to go as I undertake my Master’s degree. However, I will particularly miss being a part of societies such as the University of Exeter Climbing Club where I met many likeminded and wonderful people.
What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)
University can be a great opportunity for personal growth and development. Be proactive and mindful in your pursuits, including both academic work and social activities.
What are your plans now that you have graduated?
Now that I have graduated with a degree in Biochemistry, I am now moving on to study a Master’s degree in Nanomaterials and Materials Science at the University of Sheffield. I aim to use the analytical skillset I have developed during my undergraduate degree and apply it to this adjacent field where I am looking to begin a career investigating and manufacturing nanomaterials for applications in medicine, electronics, or energy storage.