As I begin my final term of University, it is beginning to occur to me how close I am to being done forever. Education has made up 81% of my life, and being this close to the end it actually pretty daunting. However, the workload is nowhere near done yet. In fact, the largest part is yet to come. So, I thought that as I’m in the last stretch, I should document the process on my blog. Hopefully I’ll give semi-regular updates! However, it’s more likely that work will start kicking my butt in two weeks time and you’ll never get an update again.
Yes, you read that right. Two. Oh-so-clever second year Jas thought it would be a good idea to do mini dissertations in both subjects of her joint honours degree, instead of just picking one. So, instead of a nice 10,000 word dissertation I have 6000 words to write in each. Yep, this dummy chose to write more than an actual dissertation. Clearly I make good life decisions.
In all honesty, I’m hoping that it won’t be too bad. Obviously it’s going to be hard; dissertations take a lot of work and research. However, I love both of my topics, and hopefully that will be reflected in the work. My English dissertation is actually a creative writing one, and as someone who has been writing full novels since she was 8, I’m hoping that one will end up as a bit of a passion project. I’m ready to work and I have my head screwed on, and this term will be okay. I will make it.
I haven’t actually moved all of my stuff out of Bristol since I first got here 3 years ago… Every year I’ve had leases that overlap by a day or so, so I’ve been able to take things from one house to the next. However, by July of this year I’ll no longer have a place of residence in Bristol, so it’s time to start packing up for good.
I won’t lie, there’s a part of me that’s really sad about it. In the last 3 years, Bristol has become a second home to me and knowing that I no longer have a real “place” there if I visit is heartbreaking. It’s like running into an old friendship group – you’re reminded of what you once had, but you know it’s not there anymore.
I have my blog, videos, my position at the Uni paper and 2 dissertations. As well as that, I have multiple things (theatre trips, babysitting and birthdays) that I’ll have to go back to London for this term, and some additional part time work. I’m very worried that I’ll self combust if I’m not careful. If I keep on top of it I should be okay? I don’t know, watch this space – and hope for a miracle.
I mean, I’m sure I’ll have cool/fun blog events and will do cute outings with my friends. However, this is the one semester where I’ll have no fun events to look forward to. In December I have winter balls, in summer I have summer balls and graduation and loads of other cute summer activities… This is the term where I have to make my own fun. And I don’t even know if I’ll have time (Although, as you’re reading this I’m in Amsterdam… So I guess I will).
I actually have a lot to look forward to. I have a bunch of theatre productions, some cool collabs lined up, and just general University life. This is (most likely) the last time I’ll live with these people again, and I do love my little flat, so I’m ready to make the most of our last term together.
There’s a lot of goodbyes to be had, but there’s also a whole lot of new things to come. Every term that I’ve been at Uni has brought a whole new set of issues and smiles, and I assume this one will be no different. Yeah I’ll be sentimental, and yeah I’ll have it in the back of my mind that I’m almost done, but it will make me appreciate it all more. So let’s get this term started already…
What plans do you have for the next few months?
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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