Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Dissertation Submitted - now what do i do?

Well, I submitted my dissertation last Friday and spent the weekend celebrating! Now what do I do?

Well I have now finished one internship, though the other looks set to continue for a while yet. I have to matric on the 14th Sept and not only do I begin the PhD in African Studies, I also start tutoring undergrads! I've been accepted onto a PhD panel for the ECAS conference in Sweden next year - we are just waiting to hear if the panel's proposal gets accepted!

I am going to head home for a few days, take a break and try to relax (which is actually code for do some work in peace and quiet, sort out the rest of my books and folders to bring back to Edinburgh and start reading for the classes i'll be tutoring). Holiday? whats that again?

I've had such a good time this year, from the first weeks at Portsburgh Court and getting to know the city, to taking on internships,  finding my feet at CAS and making new friends. There have been ups and downs, stresses and strains but the best things come to those who wait - well fingers crossed I actually pass the dissertation.

The next few years holds one big adventure - including trips to Africa (one of the things im most excited about). I intend to live life for the present and not just the future.

Let it fuel you. Let it empower you. Let it work for you. And, let it move you to greater heights you otherwise would not have climbed. Because when God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window. So many windows opened I didn't know which one to climb out of...I picked the right one and with friends by my side...this journey is just beginning!

Friday, 13 August 2010

There is only a week to go.......

Well, its Friday - only 7 days till the dissertation has to be submitted! The good news is I have a full draft - the bad news is I have loads of editing to do! (aaarrrrggggghhhhh)

As the weeks have rolled on, time seems to have gone so quickly! What happened to the last ten months? I've moved city, moved jobs, started a masters, taken on internships, completed uni courses, made new friends and met old ones again. I've applied for PhD places, made decisions that will certainly influence my future and chosen where to spend the next few years of my life (Edinburgh, just in case you were wondering).

Reflection on the last 12 months from the last days at GCU - to moving my life across the country, I don't think there are many things I would change. Life have chugged along at a pace, I would never have imagined and I've been given opportunities I will forever be thankful for. I've spent hours chasing my tail in order to meet deadlines, I've spent hours chasing other peoples tails to get the answers I've needed - and every minute has been worth it! 

I am grateful for the opportunities that I've been given, for the support bestowed on me and the time I've been able to spend learning. There is only one more thing to do now.

Finish the dissertation, hand it in and celebrate!!!

Monday, 2 August 2010

MSc Dissertation: Never be fooled!

Well with less than three weeks to go until the dissertation deadline, I'm starting to get a little more stressed out. I'm not as far on as I would have hoped but I'm getting there. Its almost like being at the start line for a 100m sprint and waiting for the starting signal, then when it comes its a false start and its back to the beginning again - once you start though its difficult to stop!!!

I had a phase of for everything that went right something went wrong! I seem to have come through the other side of that now and I'm on my way to the end of the MSc road. It kindly leads to the PhD turn-off which will be my next new direction. I seem to be following a path that leads to Africa and academia, not necessarily in that order, but still I am looking forward to the challenges ahead!

Well back to the dissertation.....