Got so many things to sort out still!

In preparation for starting my third and final year at Edge Hill!

Yesterday I ordered some new stationery! I tried to resist but I failed. I love stationery and the stuff that I saw was just awesome. Woop. Here’s a picture of one of my items, a new pencil case 🙂 

And I have a lever arch, diary, notebook, pens and book marks that match ^ on the way too. Love them sooo much! Really raring to go and cannot wait to get back! Super excited and I have no idea why. It’s going to be really really hard work!!

Still need to decide on what I am going to be taking back with me as my room is minuscule this year.

Can’t believe it’s now my final year… It’s gone so fast!

So I have an iPad!

So I’ve wanted one for like ever! I now I have one! And it is awesome!!

Great for chilling out on and playing games and using social networks etc. BUT

I also think that it is going to be really useful when I am back at university!

Okay so my ideas for giving the iPad an academic purpose are:

1) Next year I will be living off campus, again, so it will be a lot smaller and lighter for my to carry around instead of my laptop.

2) I can use it for lecture and seminar notes.

3) I can also use it when I am doing research in the library, which again saves me taking my heavy laptop.

4) I can watch films for my course on it/put films that I have watched for my course on it and them have them with me if I need to refer back to a scene etc.

5) Internet research

6) Ebooks! I can download them straight onto my iPad!

7) Can read through books and articles and highlight specific areas and book mark pages etc.

 

Those are my reasons thus far. So hopefully it will be a useful thing that have and hopefully it will save me lugging my laptop around which almost killed me last year.

 

Officially

I have properly began my research for my dissertation.

The fourth book that I ordered finally arrived (after waiting for over a month for it!)

So I now have no excuses at all not to do the work.

I have started my research by slowly reading through one of my books and I have already taken four A4 pages of notes, which is good I think!

Finding all my research super interesting too which is good. I was worried that I would get bored of researching! I absolutely hate researching to begin with so at least I am managing it for the time being.

What I think I am going to do is, research one of my sections of my dissertation and then write a draft of that section and then re-draft it and then move on to researching my second section and so on.

I’m basing my dissertation on Video Nasties so there is a lot of information about censorship and how the British government reacted to them in the 1980s!!

I’m really enjoying it!!

Started some work!

So I have been looking through the three books that I have bought in order to research for my dissertation… The fourth one was out of stock! So I have no idea how long I will have to wait for that one, which is really irritating because it is the book that I want to read the most!

And I have read one out of the 16 books for one of my modules next year and I have started another one. SO slowly I am getting somewhere with all of this stuff! 😀

And whilst I haven’t been doing work I have managed to watch series 1-8 of House. It was brilliant! Loved it! Hugh Laurie is just awesome. And after I’d watched all of those I started to watch True Blood, I’ve been meaning to watch it for ages and just never got round to it! But I have done series 1-4 of that! So I am getting lots of TV viewing down at the moment!

Been keeping very busy whilst I’ve not been at uni so far!!

Dissertation

So I emailed my supervisor that I have for my dissertation next year with a more precise proposal. I really thought that my ideas were too big and that he was going to email me back saying “you’re rubbisshhh!!” and the wait for his reply killed me because I was so anxious.

BUT

His reply was actually really good. He said my ideas were strong but I shouldn’t be focusing on my segments yet and just focus on my ideas for now. So I’ve started writing a reply to him but I wanna make sure I can pack as much information in as possible.

I’m getting pretty motivated about this now. Yay. Thinking about buying some books to begin some mega research. I’m feeling excited, why am I feeling excited!? Ha ten thousand words is really scary…

Things to do this week are:

-Send email to my supervisor with more ideas.

-Look for some key books to begin research.

-Order books. Also check that the books that I am going  to order will be useful.

-Buy a big notepad and ring binder (I love stationary so this is the perfect excuse to spend some money.)

 

It feels weird that I’m going to be doing a lot of work over the summer when I am at home… Pfft kinda sucks. But needs to be done. I also need to read books for a module next year too but can’t get motivated to do that. Really don’t like reading books that I haven’t chosen myself.

Dissertation Meeting

So today was the day I had to travel back into uni from back in Blackpool to have my talk about dissertations next year.

I’ll start from the beginning of the day…

So I would have had to get the train from Blackpool to Ormskirk because I don’t have a car :'( and that would have probably have taken me about two hours at the least. With travelling to the train station, waiting for the train, then going to Preston, then waiting at the station in Preston, then getting on the train to Ormskirk and then walking to uni. That is just a horrible and tiring journey which also costs me money that I do not have.

So, because my boyfriend is just the best he said that he would drive me in which should take an hour!

Okay so he picks me up at quarter to ten (the meeting is at eleven) so that we can get there in good time. BUT we get stuck in the worst traffic I’ve seen in ages in Preston… I was panicking a bit actually, it got to half past ten before we got out of the traffic. So I was there thinking I am going to be late for this really important meeting!

Anyway. we got into Ormskirk at five to eleven. So the boyfriend dropped me off at the entrance and I pretty much ran into uni. I got there in time which I was shocked about.

The meeting:
Okay, the meeting was really helpful Andrea was talking us through aspects of what we had to do and how we were going to do it etc. And we got given the handbook to look over. We were also assigned our supervisors for next year. Those are the tutors who are going to help us get through the dissertation. I’ve got Peter. I’ve only had him for my horror lectures this year and no seminars. He seems really nice and he is funny, which I love. But because I haven’t had him for any seminars or anything I’m a bit nervous because he doesn’t really know me, and I am really bad with meeting new people. But I’m going to have to just push through it.

Anyways the meeting was only half an hour… Which kind of annoyed me because it took me over an hour to get there and I kinda feel as if the information we were given was all in the handbook anyway and we could have just been told to download the handbook offline etc. So it is a bit annoying. But it got me out and about for a bit of the day.

Now is where it gets serious though. Really need to start research for my dissertation etc. I’m scared about it I really am. But hopefully it’ll be good.

Got lots of books to read for next year, I think it’s 16 in total!

 

And instead of starting to read them, I’ve started to read another book, Cosmopolis by Don Delillo. I’ve read over half of it already and I am really enjoying it. It’s really really good.

I thought that by reading a book of my choice will get me in the mood for reading and then I might be able to read the other books a lot easier and quicker. I’m really not looking forward to some of the books that have been put on the list though because they really don’t sound like my type of book and if I am not interested I really really struggle to read something. I’ve got about 5 books that I’ve started to read but haven’t finished because I really just can’t get into them.

Anyway I am going to have to read them whether I like them or not!

Need to go back in to uni on the 14th May for a talk about dissertations and stuff so I will update you on that after it happens.