Finishing my first semester of third year seems to have happened much quicker than I expected. The end of the semester was marked by my dissertation deadline on the 17th, and for ages it was just a day in the distance marking my freedom to the Christmas holidays. Once December begun, time seemed to speed up and the 17th just kept getting closer and closer. Miraculously, I finished at 3am on Wednesday the 16th of December. I went home, slept, and returned just after midday to hand it in, and I instantly felt like a weight had been lifted off my chest. Going home that evening and literally having nothing to do, was the best I had felt in a long time. I hadn’t really realised how much of a constant nagging my dissertation had been in the back of my head.
My dissertation wasn’t the only thing I had to do this semester, with preparation for my final major project now well on the way for starting properly next year. I had an assessed presentation at the end of November which I did pretty well on, and I’ve just got a few more things to submit next year before I’m done for good. One of those things is my FMP, however I’m confident that next semester is going to be a good’un.
For those of you wondering, I wrote my dissertation on the portrayal of heterosexual relationships in teen film (i.e. why they are dominant and what other sexualities are represented). I found the topic really interesting to research, although right now I would be happy if I never had to watch another teen film in my life. I’m hoping for a first, but I think I’ll probably end up with a 2:1 as that’s pretty much my average.
The rest of the semester has actually been pretty boring if I’m honest. I’ve not spent that much time actually at uni, as everything’s been tutorial based so I’ve only gone in for a few hours a week. Even when my dissertation was due imminently, I did most of my work at home instead of going to the library which has basically lead to me becoming lazy and irritable. Hopefully next semester is going to be a bit more full on in terms of organising everything for the FMP and just generally being more proactive with looking into what I really want to do after uni. Aah, scary!
I can’t quite believe that I’m in my last year of university and I know that it’s going to fly by like semester one did. I’m not sure I’m ready to leave yet; I’ll have to pretend to be a proper adult! I’ve written one of these posts for the past two years (interested? They’re here and here) and I always do a little roundup at the end, so here goes.
Important things to remember:
You are amazing. You’ve made it through the past two years, you can manage one more.
Your dissertation will be stressful. Start early, plan it, and it’ll be much easier.
It’s never too late to make new friends or try something different.
Pushing yourself is the only way you will ever really feel like you’ve succeeded.
The Christmas holidays are well and truly upon us, so my posting is going to be a bit sporadic (like it isn’t already) over the next few weeks, but I hope you stick with it and have a fantastic holiday season. Much love.