Dissy!

So today was the first meeting with my dissertation tutor, Peter Wright, and what a wonderful day it is!

Now I have free reign to begin researching and whittling down the information that I’ve already gathered, so it’s time to record some playthroughs of the games on my list! Watch this space if I can I’ll put up a snippet for you guys…

Gotta run, many hours of fun ahead!

We have a problem…

One very handy thing about Edge Hill is that you can do a dyslexia test for free, with a consultation to discuss everything involved in it. And you can book an appointment within a few days of going the Ask desk in the Library.

This all came about for the same reason that I have been absent for so long, I forgot my password for the University online system and due to the Easter break couldn’t get to the Library to reset the password! One thing that any of you that are now going to be at Edge Hill come September should know that I didn’t is that there is a number on the back of your student card that you can ring to sort these problems out without going to the Library in person. Shiny right?

On the same topic, the SIC team at Edge Hill are incredibly helpful and will sort out most problems that you have while studying here… They’re a first port of call for any distressed student.

A particularly grounded blog from me, but what can I say I’m knackered… Still have 4 assignments and 3 exams to go before summer!

Busy busy

The votes for the new SU team close tomorrow and it’s been one hell of a roller coaster week…

A lot of plotting at our favourite watering hole for the campaign team and hopefully tomorrow I can happily reveal our fabulous candidate!

Keep your fingers crossed, I might have to cross my toes too…

‘Til tomorrow, keep it shiny.

It’s too early…

But such is the price you have to pay for interests outside of your course. This morning I’m up for another slot on the uni radio station, which is always good fun if ill-timed!

In literature related news, this week saw a limited number of students off on a field trip to Wordsworth’s house. Exciting events of this trip included an extremely nouty woman who got angry when we tried to enjoy tea and biscuits and a useless guide who forgot the correct term for a cupboard and called it a “coal-hole”. Hilarity ensued. The trip was, of course, not intended to be a study of the more peculiar specimens in academia but an aid to the Order and Chaos module. I’m not sure what we learned on that front apart from the Coleridge was a pushy so-and-so and made inconvenient house calls without warning, oh and Wordsworth was very unimaginative with pet names!

Ah well, it was a fun day out with the wonderful staff and involved singing on a bus, so definitely not a day wasted! Especially not since we found a lovely pub to escape the rain in…

Viva la reading week!

Buzzkill…

Tonight (or this morning) I am far from impressed. So I have decided to bring you an early morning quick tip… If there’s something happening in a society that you belong to that you don’t like, make your voice heard and change it! It doesn’t matter whether or not you have a title, if you’re part of a society then you have the right to a say in how it operates.

Democracy ftw. (For the win, less interweb fluent readers)

Also, I haveĀ  a presentation in 6 hours. Eep.

How on earth did that happen?

It’s the time of year for finishing off the last few assignments before escaping to gorge yourself on Christmas goodies, so I thought I’d share my work plan!

Step 1: Read the assignment, normally a few days after the last one was finished.

Step 2: Spend a few days considering the question, and decide whether or not it is interesting. If it is interesting, begin research, if it isn’t, ignore it until…

Step 3: It’s the night before the deadline, so it’s time to write! But not right away, first comes a few hours of procrastination, mostly consisting of youtube and taste of awesome.

Step 4: At around 4-7am it’s time to write, so the essay gets hammered out in a few hours. This goes a lot easier if the question was interesting and I’ve been reading for a few weeks, but it never takes more than a 5 hours to finish an essay from this point even if it’s the single dullest question in existence.

Step 5: Run home, shower, run back, hand in the essay, and get some much needed rest!

And this is what will happened last Friday and will happen next Friday, except there will be no much needed rest because I have another radio show 8-10pm next Friday… So tune in and join in the fun that results from a night of working hard instead of sleeping!

Sticky leaf to turn

I’m not a good student. I leave work ’til last minute, regularly sleep through lectures if not seminars as well, and never print off sheets that are necessary even if I am present.

This is how I got through bad teachers at A2 level, this is how I failed my first degree, and this is how I seem to be spiralling down in this degree.

Considering that I have yet to get an assessment back this year (having handed in the first last Friday) and so have no idea just what effect my lack of attention has had, it seems high time to change. No matter what other personal crap is going on, what better way to avoid it than to bury yourself in work? All it takes is a question that sparks ideas in your head and everything else can be shelved while you answer it.

It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes than to learn from making them yourself, so learn from mine. Uni is not a holiday camp, and it isn’t school. Everything you do is on your own back and the grade you get will have a direct impact on employment for the rest of your life. So yes, have fun in your fresher year, have a social life, but don’t lose sight of why your here like I do far too often…

Food for thought, if a little confessional.