Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I was unsuccessful in getting on any internships for over the summer. This includes the SURE programme in the physics department here at Leicester uni. I thought I had a good chance of getting a place on it, however, it has proven very difficult and ultimately unsuccessful. I am not too disheartened; I tried my best, both academically in the previous years of uni and in the creation of my cover letter to support my application. Academically, I don’t think I could have done any better; in my second year I pushed myself to do the best work I could and I think the marks I received reflected the effort I put in. Self-analysing, one weakness in my application, I would note, was the lack of any previous research knowledge, but this was not for lack of trying.
I have since asked for feedback on my application. They told me my application was very strong, however, they had limited places and they gave the place to someone else.
So, all in all I didn’t learn all that much from this experience, not anything new anyway. But, for you reading, maybe, there is a lesson to be learned, particularly if you are uncomfortable with the concept of failure: success is better than failure, but to be successful you must incur a lot of failure.
So, what am I doing with my summer? For reasons that I won’t go into, it is not practical for me to get a job over the summer (luckily I am very good at budgeting and planned for this possibility), so I have decided I will start preparing for 4th year. I feel like I always waste a lot of time at the beginning of the year just trying to understand the material, which results in me not having enough time to practice questions or I end up having less time to spend getting into the details of a project. Therefore, anything I can get done over the holidays (learning necessary programming skills/mathematics, reading the relevant text-books to get my head around the difficult concepts I’ll be covering) I will get done. I will also be starting to prepare my PhD application, and deciding where I most want to do my PhD.
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”