Finn Box

Finn Box

The year I enjoyed most in my undergraduate was my exchange year. I spent a year studying physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, in Spain. Although learning Spanish was humbling, the sunshine and good food made it an incredible experience

I chose to study physics because I liked observing the world, and trying to understand how it works.

Choosing Manchester

More than anything, the music scene in Manchester appealed to me. On top of that, I wanted to go to a big, exciting Northern city, which Manchester definitely is.
Initially I got the impression that the city was just one long road, as I was confined to the Oxford Road bubble. However, as soon as I started exploring by bicycle I started to get a better feel for the city and I began to uncover the hidden gems.
Honestly, at first I didn’t enjoy my course. I remember that on my first day I had a lecture at 9am, followed by lab from 10am-5pm and then two hours of Spanish! But 7 years later and I’m still here. I think Manchester is like a magnet - the longer you stay there, the more it attracts you.

About the course

I’m currently doing a PhD, although I also did my undergraduate degree here, and I enjoy the academic freedom and independence I have. The best part about my work is visualising fluid flows - I obviously still enjoy observing the world.

The year I enjoyed most in my undergraduate study was my exchange year. I spent a year studying physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, in Spain. Although learning Spanish was humbling, the sunshine and good food made it an incredible experience
From studying physics I have learnt how to assess, approach and tackle a problem. I have also learnt the art of conducting research and an ability to teach myself.
I am working in an incredibly good, dynamic yet friendly department. The perfect environment in which to learn.

Charity

By co-founding and chairing the Mines Advisory Group Society (MAGsoc) I developed a strong relationship with MAG, an international humanitarian aid charity based in Manchester. I still organise fundraising events to enhance their profile; the most recent was a street art auction.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

I would advise all students to take advantage of one of the many exchange programmes available and do a year (or a semester) abroad. Whether in Europe, where you get to learn a foreign language at the same time as studying physics, or whether in one of the many English-speaking destinations, it is a fantastic opportunity and I don’t know anyone who didn’t enjoy their time abroad.
I would also remind them that physics is a financially sensible option, with a lot more contact hours within the University than many other courses.

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