Last Friday the final day of my degree ended not with a triumphant final exam, but with 5pm quietly putting an end to the last few weeks of assessed work for the scientific computing and complex systems modules. Those not rushing off home for the weekend gathered for a tired drink to celebrate the strange feeling of bookending the last four years, relaying stories of project vivas taking place just days before. With graduation now just over a month away things aren’t set to slow down just yet, as between trying to find the garden, open days, the I-Science newsletter, clearing the house and helping my girlfriend move to her new flat there’s still plenty to do! Starting at the end of June, I’ll also be working in the physics department to help test and refine some modules for a new foundation course being developed for physicists and engineers starting in the next academic year.
Despite all this, it’s now starting to set in that everything’s about to change, and suddenly having large amounts of free time still feels odd! Being able to play piano, go to the gym, and read fiction guilt-free might take a while to get used to, but I think everyone sitting around the table in the Lansdowne on Friday could agree getting this far is an achievement worth being proud of.