I’m very nervous to greet 2015, because it means that it’s the start of the year in which I graduate and have to move on. It’s the last year of being in education, and that’s a really scary thought because I have no idea what I want to do next! So it’s going to be a year of change. I’m mentioning this because a lot of my friends have also mentioned feeling alternately excited/terrified/apprehensive/uneasy/glad to be finishing this year, so I think it’s a big part of final year and as such it should be acknowledged.
So where am I, as a final year undergraduate studying English, at the moment? Well, I’ve got my dissertation due in on the 15th January and other work going on as well, welcoming in the New Year. I’ve decided to go back to Leicester early (this Friday actually) to get work done, which is also worth mentioning- the holidays at Leicester are very generous, around a month long usually, but beware that final year doesn’t really involve many breaks!
And then it’ll be on to semester two, which means a whole lot more books to read, which I’m looking forward to! I’ll be taking two compulsory time period modules in order to complete my study of English from its first uses up to present day. The first module is Victorian to Modern, which is explained in more detail here, and the second is Post War to Postmodern, which is explained here. The final module I will be taking is my Special Subject module, which is one that I got to choose from a fairly long list last year. I’ve chosen to do ‘The Thatcher Factor: the 1980s in Literature’, which you can read about here. Although I don’t know much about the 1980s (and also because of this), I’m really looking forward to this module, and I’m also looking forward to it because it is taught by Dr Emma Parker, who is an absolutely fantastic lecturer. I have to say at this point, and because I really mean it rather than it being me trying to promote the university, I have been very lucky to be taught by some genuinely incredible people during my time at Leicester.
Anyway, I will be back in the New Year to let you know how I get on with these modules and to talk about life at Leicester. So for now, Happy New Year, I’ll see you on the other side!