Well, hello! It’s the 9th November, and I’ve not written a blog since July. Have you missed me? Maybe, maybe not, but I’m back regardless. The difference? I’m no longer the undergraduate maths blogger, I’m blogging as a postgraduate! (The maths blog has been taken over by the lovely Lois, whose blogs I’m thoroughly enjoying. If you haven’t seen them yet, go and check them out. I particularly enjoyed her post ‘A Few Things Every Maths Student Needs’)
So, where have I been? Let’s catch you up…
After graduation, I spent the rest of my summer at work. As the end of August approached, so did the end of my time working there. On 31st August, I waved goodbye to all my fast food friends (shedding a tear or two on the way, after they gave me a card, a mug covered in photos from staff parties, and three dozen beautiful roses), and began the next part of my life. It felt so strange leaving, after four years. Every spare moment I had in my weekends and half terms at sixth form, then holidays during university, was spent working long hours in a vain attempt to keep on top of my student finances! It was tiring, it was hard, but I worked with an amazing team and I was sad to leave them.
I didn’t have too long to dwell on that, however, as it was straight back to Leicester and the start of my new course. I was finally a PGCE Student! I’m going to be a maths teacher!
On a side note, being a postgrad means I now have access to the lovely postgrad reading room of the library. I’ve never been a huge fan of working in the library, due to its general aura of stress, but I’ve discovered that the postgrad room is much calmer, so I’m pretty productive in there! (I’m missing working in College House though!)
The first few weeks of term were an absolute blur: trying to keep on top of pedagogy and subject specific lectures, homework, and reading was absolutely crazy. But I made it through those first few weeks, and my practice masters assignment, and I’m finally out on my first placement, being released upon my classes for the first time in approximately 1 hour. Wish me luck!
Until next time, (if I don’t get eaten by my Year 10s), all the best.