If I was up to date with my MSc cohort’s position on the course, I’d just have one final essay to do, a dissertation proposal and an dissertation. Instead I’ve those plus 2 more essays that I missed from last term. I’ve been told I can take what I need to finish them but I’m hoping that all will be done by the time the next round of essays are supposed to be in. So only the two outstanding ones will be late.
Essay 1 (from last term), a dull-as-ditchwater-don’t-know-why-we’re-bothering-and-said-so-on-my-feedback-form essay, is underway. It’s 2500 words but it’s also only part of a 4-part module, so I can afford to get 50% (a pass mark) without damaging the overall mark in any way. So that’s what I shall aim for: enough to pass. Then on to the more interesting one for last term, before I get to the really good stuff.
Anyway, it’s started. I’ve adopted a whole new approach to speed things up, out of necessity. In the past I’d research and print papers for a week or so, then read for a couple of weeks, then write for two or three more. This particular essay I’m aiming to finish by this Saturday lunchtime so the research consists of pulling stuff up, copying and pasting and referencing, and once I have enough there I will write around it and over it and generally turn it into an essay. Talk about academic basic-ness! The thing is… I’m not entirely sure it won’t get exactly the same mark as if I’d spent more time on it… we shall see.
This week is going to be busy: the essay takes priority between now and New Years Eve, but I’m going to see Tron at an IMAX with my cousin tomorrow night. I so love the IMAX and, when I think that 6 weeks ago there would have been no way I’d have been able to cope with the 3d and surround sound I am reminded just what a journey seems to have slipped by unnoticed. I am so glad I kept the blog, else I think much of what I have written would have been lost to me forever going forward, with all the lessons lost. Instead I shall have to archive at some point, so I have a copy of it in years to come.
Anyway, Tron tomorrow, then New Years Eve and day will be spent just out of town; Sunday I shall be nipping to the coast on a train to see a friend for lunch; Tuesday is an INR check; Wednesday is a stroke clinic at Hospital Number 2 (part of the Cadiss trial thing) and then I’m flying back to NI that afternoon for a very lovely, chilled, relaxing week. Then I’ll return on Sunday and then go to work on Tuesday…
Talk about a schedule..!