A song by “Europe” today (saw them live in Sweden last year!), pretty much sums up the past few weeks and why I’ve been so busy!!!
The last few weeks of my degree have arrived, and I’ve now finished all taught seminars, just 2 revision seminars and that’s what they call “It”…
I had 2 essays due in before the end of term, 2500 and 3500 words, with my 21st birthday to celebrate in the middle! Both assignments are in and I’m awaiting their marks, we’ll see how it goes! With the second one, I think I started at the end and worked the wrong way around – there was this 1 article to read and until I read it there was no evidence of the actual topic I was meant to write about!! But after I had read it, pennies were dropping left right and centre. As the normal history essay for me this year has been 2500 words, for some reason the extra 1000 words threw me completely, as I had to structure the essay for longer and sustain my argument with greater depth, difficult with the scarcity of Anglo-Saxon sources!
It shows that despite three years of history, the pursuit of the past never ends and there’s still more to learn! Mistakes are still made, even after being well taught – we don’t know it all, but a History degree has given us really useful skills to bring into the workplace. At my old school there was a motivational sign that said “Not for school but for life do we learn” and I think thats what I’ve learnt – facts and figures only get you so far, but the techniques you use in the degree will (hopefully!) stick with me for life!
I’m heading back to Leicester on Tuesday to finish my dis… (my friendship circle has banned the word, but its the 10,000 words extended magnum opus of my degree), exams, and there’ll be all the end-of-term festivities as usual – the History and CU balls which I’ll fill you in on.
Needless to say, I’m feeling THE END IS NIGH!!!