Friday, 7 September 2012

And so the final year begins….

Well not yet, there’s still technically two weeks before we start back, but I’m excited so I’m jumping the gun a little bit with my preparation :p

I am excited about starting but nervous at the same time, and not for the reasons you might think either, as I’m not so much nervous about the course, or my dissertation or anything like that, I’m more nervous about what me completing my degree actually means. Namely that I’m one step closer to graduating and having to pick what I could potentially be doing for the rest of my life.

I think I’ve managed to narrow down my choices now though; to either doing a primary PGCE as teaching is an area which has long held an interest for me. Or applying for a full time research assistant job with the University. A almost perfect job came up yesterday, and I met all the requirements for it and I got so happy and started filling out the application form and everything, until my colleague pointed out I had read it wrong, and instead of starting in September 2013, the job actually runs until then :( meaning that I’m not eligible to do it as I still have one year left of my degree :(. Apart from being gutted about that, it has given me slightly more hope though that a job like this may actually be possible when I graduate!

Moving on to the more foreseeable future, I can’t believe I’m ACTUALLY going in to third year. Seeing the freshers get all excited about coming to university brings back so many memories of me starting 2 years ago, and it really doesn’t feel like I’m going into my third yearDescription: already!! Time has gone so so quickly!!!

I am looking forward to starting my modules though, as this will be the first time that all the subjects I’m doing are of my own choosing :D . In my first term I am going to be doing: Positive psychology, Exceptional human experiences and Social Psychology 3. And then in the second term I’m doing Law and Psychology and Advanced Statistics! :D I’m pretty excited about all of the courses to be fair, but I think the Law and Psychology one is going to be the most interesting as it’ll tie in with the subject  of my dissertation  and the research work I’ve been doing :)

Speaking of my ‘dissertation’ I don’t really know why I call it that as technically its as ‘third year project’, but hardly anyone knows what I mean when I say that, so dissertation is just easier :P. In psychology the third year project means you have to pick an area of psychology which you’re interesting in and then come up with a research question and design a study to test it :) I’m happy with how mine is going at the moment, I have completed my ethics and just waiting for ethical approval now :) and I’ve done my first draft of my introduction and method, which is all I can really do for now until I actually conduct my study :( but its something at least!!

Anyways that’s all for now, I’ll be sure to keep you updated with all the goings on of my third year :)

Byeeeeee xx