If you have been reading Tom’s blog you will understand the importance of Third Year dissertations. However, what you may not realise is the dissertation process, which ends for me in April 2013, starts now. On Monday of this week I had a slightly scary lecture where we were encouraged to start thinking about our dissertation. We were asked to think about what we may want to do and how we want to plan our time, while informed that we will soon apply for a dissertation supervisor. This was followed by a lecture at the end of the week on Medieval sources and why this period would make a good dissertation topic. The semester ahead of me is now full of dissertation supervisor applications, different periods’ source lectures and research lessons.
Unlike some, I have a general idea where I want to go with my dissertation, but I have been told this may all change. The idea that soon we will have a rough question for our dissertation and have to start thinking of what direction we want to go in is scary.
I think you spend your entire university career heading for the dissertation, and for me it has always been in the back of my mind, but I feel now it is right ahead of me! As some of my friends who did not take a gap year are quickly approaching their dissertation deadlines at their respected university, they feel like they haven’t had enough time, and yet we have all three years to think about it, yet it seems that this is still not enough time to write 10,000 of your best words.
I hope you’re going to keep reading my slow demise by dissertation…