Last week of my Masters!

Today is the last week of Lent Term courses and, effectively, the last week of all taught courses for the year. Although we have some revision classes next term, there’s no more new information and only a few scheduled classes. Most of the term is dedicated to giving us free time to revise for exams and prepare for our dissertations. I’m excited to be done, as I’m sure most people are, but I’m also incredibly sad to say goodbye to people! Our last seminar this morning was very bittersweet and almost surreal. I’m sure it won’t really hit me until next Monday when I go to wake up at 730A and realize that there’s no reason to have to get out of bed.

That being said, I’m amazed and quite excited that I made it through the year. I’m not sure how it managed to go by so quickly, but I can fairly confidently say that I have learned a lot. I’ve met amazing people, been to some amazing lectures and had some awesome experiences. Now that the terms coming to an end though, the work is really beginning. Despite the fact that we’ve been learning all year, our grades are made up of one or two components: the final exam (which makes up 60- 75% of my class grades, depending on the course), and a final paper that comprises the remainder. My entire grade and my results are thus based on the next couple of months of my life. All of the papers are due when we return and I have three that need to be completed by April 26th. THREE.

With my dad and sister coming to visit from March 27th – April 7th, I’ve realistically accepted the fact that there will be very little work being undertaken during that period. I’m okay with that, but I’ve put some deadlines in place: two out of three essays done by the time they arrive, with a skeleton outline (at least) in place for the third. I somehow managed to get one of the essays done last week (thank God!) so I ‘only’ have two to get done in the next couple of weeks. I think it’s relatively doable if I put my mind to it and hide out in my room. With most people going home for break, the prospect of being anti-social doesn’t seem quite so bad. Plus, the fact that the end of this hellish business marks my dad and sister’s arrival is a pretty sweet incentive! I’m getting more and more excited every day to see them and I’ve already started daydreaming about Prague, Paris & Amsterdam! I spent most of my trip back from Istanbul talking Alex’s ear off about my excitement over Paris, the Louvre and all things France!

As a warning, the next few weeks may include very few posts about social activity and quite a number about grad school and planning for my upcoming trio of adventures!

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the last week of term!

Love from London,