These past two weeks have been very demanding, hence the combined post of weeks 7 & 8. I misplaced my Honours USB for a day adding to the stress and to really hi–light the extent that sh*t is getting real, I have been actively attempting to cut down my social life. There is nothing more I love than catching up with people, chatting, dancing, going out, having fun, coffee and dinner dates, perhaps a drink or two ;). For me to even consider cutting down on this, well it’s a pretty big deal and means things are getting serious. However Honours MUST be the priority this year, or at least that is what I am trying to tell myself! When you’re still studying at 3am this priority does not look that attractive though. The image below is the quote that has been my main motivator of late, in the dark hours of the early morning when I try to remember why I started in the first place. FYI, I am hoping it will lead me onto my next goal – masters at the University of Penn. However the closer we get to May, the more intense things have become and as we hit May things are going to really amp up. Our first graded assessments; essays and presentations are due, committee meetings are being held and E-X-A-M-S are quickly looming. Anyway, moving right along…
The past two meetings with my supervisor have been straight to the point and explicit in what needs to be done next to move forward. There have been large amounts of edits and changes being made, at times making it feel as if I am not progressing very far. This can be challenging at times as you begin to doubt yourself and wonder what the point of it all is. As I mentioned briefly above, it is at these times one must remember why they wanted to do Honours in the first place, where they want it to take them and what they want to get out of it. I can only hope that it will ultimately all come together to a standard that I’m happy with and perhaps more importantly, my assessors are happy with. Huge thanks must be given to my supervisor though… her diligence, patience, understanding and assistance has been extraordinary. She goes above and beyond, pushing me to get new work to her every week but also taking the time to thoroughly go though it and discuss it on a weekly basis.
My first committee meeting is going to be held soon, which will see a research proposal regarding the thesis being put forward for discussion. This meeting will be held between my supervisor, another academic and myself. The aim of this is to get another academic’s feedback and opinion regarding the thesis; where it is headed, what could be improved, suggestions and ideas of what else I might like to consider. This will pave the way for our thesis presentation. These presentations will see the entire Honours cohort and their supervisors come together in week 11 over two days as a means of assessing where everyone is up to and to provide each other with constructive feedback.
This coming Friday is when we hand in our first major piece of assessment. Something that I have been freaking out over but which I will hopefully finish tonight before some major editing during the upcoming week. I also have quite a bit of work to do for my two coursework presentations which are creeping up. Both of mine are in week 11 so still a few weeks away but no doubt something which will come around very quickly, especially as we are giving our thesis presentation that week too!
I hope you have all had a splendid weekend, to leave you on this lovely Sunday evening I also have two side notes, totally unrelated to Honours but both things I am pretty passionate about and wanted to make you aware of:
- I am sure I don’t need to remind you, because seriously how could anyone forget but just in case, today is Kate & Wills one year wedding anniversary… yes, I am openly obsessed with the royal family (plus they are so much more exciting than uni work!). I have been putting together a post about the anniversary and the royal family in general, one of my favorite, favorite topics which will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
- ‘Every Australian Counts’ is a campaign to get the Government to recognize every Australian with a disability, those who aquire one during their lifetime and those who are born with one. It is a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with the idea being to set up an initiative to assist everyone with a disability so that they too can live a fulfilling life. My brother was born with Down Syndrome and I have done a little bit of work with disability organizations (see post) so this is something I am very passionate about. Please take a moment to support this fantastic cause via liking, following or visiting the website, links below:
FACEBOOK – Every Australian Counts
TWITTER – Every Australian Counts
WEBSITE – Every Australian Counts