"The STOR-i MRes year contains a wide range of activities, some of which I expected as preparation for life as a PhD student, for example, being introduced to a vast number of exciting research areas than writing miniature reports on topics of my choice. Others were less expected, such as writing a blog on my experiences within the programme, creating a model to produce live odds during the Euros, climbing mountains in the Lake District and having the opportunity to take part in the annual STOR-i Bake-off! There is also a large focus on teamwork, with several group posters, presentations and problem-solving days. The staff couldn’t be more supportive and approachable, all in all, I found it both an enjoyable and challenging year! Plus, my PhD project now gives me the opportunity to travel to Monterey, California next year!"