Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Final Year

I started my final year of uni yesterday and oh gosh this has come along quickly.

I thought it would be nice to do a little run-through post, regarding what I'm doing this year. Just a chat about what modules I'm taking, the rather dreaded dissertation and general life around uni.

Module wise, I'll be doing two modules per semester, as well as my dissertation all throughout the year. My semester one modules are Last Year's Novels and Henry James and Edith Wharton. I've read through a good load of the LYN texts and I've found them all really interesting and intriguing in all kinds of different ways. And I really love Henry James' writing and I've been getting into Edith Wharton as well, who has a fairly similar style, so I'm really looking forward to that module too. In semester two my modules are Shakespeare's Tragedies and Law and Literature. I've read quite a few tragedies so I think it'll be interesting to really analyse them and look across their similarities and differences. I think Law and Literature is going to be a great module, I can't wait to read the texts.

A far as my dissertation is concerned, I've got a fairly general idea of what I'd like to write about and the texts I'm keen to look into. I've submitted my proposal and am just waiting to find out who my supervisor will be, before I get really stuck into it.

For my last year, I'll actually be living at home, instead of in Birmingham as I have the past two years. The long and short is that having only 6/7 contact hours doesn't really make it worth the cost of living there. I think money is always a big factor when it comes to uni, and something that even puts a lot of people off from going. Whereas the past two years I've had classes most days each week, this year it'll be noticeably less, and it's therefore more cost effective to get the train on the days I'm in. And I can read on the train, so that'll be a productive use of that time and will hopefully help me keep on top of the reading.

In all honesty, I'm really looking forward to this year of uni. It's going to be the year most tailored to what I'm really interested in studying, rather than the more generalised 1st and 2nd year courses. But of course, it is always daunting starting a new year and I know that this is going to be the most important year. As much as I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of uni work, I hope I can cope with it - with 75% of my final grade counting on it, I kind of need it to go well.

Fingers crossed.

Are you starting back at uni, or maybe even starting for your first year? What are you most looking forward to?

Until next time.

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