It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at Leicester for nearly three years. I know it sounds like a cliché but it’s gone so fast! Today marks three weeks until my last exam. That will be the last assessed thing I will ever do at Leicester, and is, basically, the end of my degree. How scary!
Everyone I know who is in their last year is equally terrified. The impending weeks are ominously known as ‘finals’. And everyone knows that finals push you towards a nervous breakdown and then probably just a little bit beyond. For an English student at Leicester, however, finals are not quite as stressful and terrifying as other subjects. Because our final year is much more spread out, assessment-wise, than other subjects, the last stretch is not quite as awful as it could be.
For starters, our dissertation is only 5,000 words and is worth one module, not two. That means that an English student has finished their dissertation by January. Most other subjects have 8,000 or 10,000 words dissertations that are due in round about now.
Another plus for English is that we only have one final exam. While this may sound easy, instead of a lot of exams, we have two final pieces of coursework to do. This set-up works for me because I am much better at essays than exams, but it may not be quite so good if exams are your forte.
Although I’ve just suggested that English students have it a little bit easier than some other subjects, this doesn’t mean that ‘finals’ aren’t frightening. It also doesn’t mean that we will be any less stressed than other people. The next three weeks are going to be unbelievably hectic and I am, quite frankly, dreading them!!
But there is light at the end of the tunnel. After Wednesday 29th May I have a whole month of freedom. I will still be living in Leicester but I will be free to enjoy myself, be lazy, and avoid the library at all costs! I can’t wait.