Yesterday we didn’t have our Clinical Lecture because of a commitment that involved all our lecturers. They decided to call this “Reading Week”, which to be honest only meant we didn’t have two hours of lectures. Not much. Reading Week is something I’ve heard about since I came to university, but never really experienced. In fact, we were never given a reading week! For those who don’t know, Reading Week is supposed to be a whole week without lectures, that students can spend catching up on articles and book chapters.
I never found it necessary… until now.
I went to the library every day since last Friday, working on my ethics application (DONE!) and my PS3002 Brain & Cognition essay. The essay topic I have is the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. I have to assess whether their use is justified or not, and the challenging part at the beginning was deciding which psychiatric disorders to focus on! We are allowed to choose not only the disorders, but the technique as well, and basically the whole essay structure is up to us. You might think it’s liberating, but it’s actually a lot more responsibility, which seems to be the key word of this academic year. In case you’re wondering, I decided to focus on the assessment of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of depressive and anxiety-related symptoms, because at this point there is no point in pretending Anxiety Disorders are not my favourite topic. Anyway, fingers crossed!
Oh, I gave up trying to read all the articles for every lecture, because it really was an impossible rhythm to keep up. I think I’m gonna decide what topics I want to prepare for the exams and focus on those as soon as everything else is done (if I keep working like this, that will hopefully be soon!). Silver lining: it’s getting really cold and at least the library is warmer than my house. What can I say, student life!