Hello! I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been kinda stressed lately. There’s so much to do, and I’m trying to find some sort of rhythm in order to keep up with university this year. I decided I want to do the suggested reading after every lecture, so that I won’t be struggling with revision for my January exams. But it’s harder than I thought! There’s a lot to read and I don’t have enough free time, or when I do I’m so tired I can’t focus properly. Plus, I always have the thought of my dissertation at the back of my mind. I’ve been meeting with my supervisor over the past few weeks, and he’s been helping me a lot.
I’ve started doing some background research over the summer, because since the end of Second Year I had the idea of doing my dissertation on fear and phobias. I came back to university with a general idea of what my project could look like, and luckily my supervisor approved it! Obviously a supervisor is not there to tell you exactly what to do (I wouldn’t like that anyway), but to advise you about what is feasible, what is not, and how to approach your project. Now it’s a matter of deciding which factors to focus on, which measurements to take, etc.
The next deadline I worry about is the 19th of November. Because my study is likely to involve some distress (very slight) for my participants, I will probably the ethical committee to approve my project. That’s okay, I just need to focus on how to present my study properly in the proposal, and make sure I take every precaution to ensure the safety of my participants.
Also, for the first time I had the need to borrow an article from another library, because I couldn’t get access to it through any of the usual research portals. This means going through a process of authorisation and then consequent request, and I’m not sure how long it’s gonna take.
See, this stuff is nothing difficult really, but everything is so new and sometimes I feel so lost.
I guess I just need to sort things out. Which means working on my dissertation in order to meet the deadline, catching up on the reading for every module, and finding the time to work, play Volleyball and generally still have a social life. Easy, right?