After 10 months of ‘hard graft’, I could not be happier to say that my intercalated master’s degree is finally DONE! Which includes my dissertation; I’m chuffed to say that it’s completely finished and handed in!!! I can’t begin to tell you how amazing a feeling it is to have finished such a huge piece of work. It goes without saying that there were times when it felt never ending and that it was never going to be over, but I’ve finished, and it is such an incredible feeling. I feel an overwhelming sense of pride to have finished my dissertation and therefore my intercalated degree. If all goes to plan with my results (fingers crossed!) then in a month or so’s time, I will officially have a master’s degree in medical research; I will be a ‘Master of Science’ and that to me is absolutely crazy!
It’s safe to say that it has been a very tough year. Nothing had set me up for how challenging a year in research was going to be. But it wasn’t just the research project that was tough, the year also involved relearning how to write essays and stick to deadlines, which was a whole new ball game in itself! The year has been full of ups and downs, highs and lows, but I am so so grateful for everything that I’ve learnt. The whole experience has been an incredibly steep learning curve, but it has set me up so well for the continuation of my medical degree, having learnt so many new skills.
I am so happy to say that I have absolutely no regrets in choosing to intercalate and it is probably the best decision I’ve made so far in my life. I am eternally grateful to everyone that has supported me throughout the year and helped me through the tough times, as well as celebrating the successes along the way.
It is now time for some much deserved relaxation over a six week summer break. I’m already home and it feels so good to be back! Despite raving about my intercalated degree, I am very looking forward to getting back to medicine in September. But until then, I’m going to shout about the fact that I am now a Master of Science and incredibly proud about it!