For those of you living in the UK, we’re experiencing a nice heatwave at the moment aren’t we??
I’m just so thankful it didn’t arrive last month when I was finishing my dissertation – writing hundreds of words a day in this heat would Not have worked! However, my revision has taken a slight hit in that my motivation levels have dropped and my sun-tan has improved! I’ve been revising for my 2nd exam tomorrow (28th June), which is my Special Subject Gobbet exam. This is essentially a source/documents exam using material from the first and second half of the year, testing our knowledge and analytical skills. So I’ve been looking through sources in Prof. Housley’s book, “Documents on the Later Crusades“, which has served as the course book for our seminars. Doing a few per day and making an Excel table has helped get my head around when and why they were written etc.
On Monday (21st) I had my first exam in “The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria”, which thankfully went ok! I can’t tell you which questions I did as marking is meant to be anonymous, but suffice to say I feel ok with the module, especially considering my coursework which I was very pleased with. All of my exams this year are 2 questions in 2 hours, so its quite manageable with good timekeeping.
Apart from the work, I’ve been trying to relax this week and not stress. On Thursday I joined my housemate and other historians in the Scholar, our student bar on campus, after their exams. Then we headed over to a favourite pub of ours for food – The Dry Dock (below), right nextdoor to some of our City Living accommodation at Nixon Court. The special thing about the Dock is that its a boat! In the summer, they can take the roof off to make the inside open-air, but we sat outside and enjoyed huge burgers and cool drinks. Very pleasant. And in the evening I Finally got round to seeing Avengers in 3D, and I wasn’t disappointed! (I’m a bit of a comic-buff me!)
Today, I enjoyed a picnic on Victoria Park after church with students from Leicester and DMU. Lovely weather, and the ice-cream man was there as always! Having this 69 acre greenery attached to campus is amazing! Sports, revision or relaxing, its so useful being it nearby! There was also a street fete in Queens Road, one of the main student areas for private rented accommodation, complete with food, craft stalls and live music. Such a great atmosphere!
So wish me well, and I’ll update you how I got on. Tea now, then some Game of Thrones before an early night – exam is at 9:30AM tomorrow!
Happy Pentecost everyone!