If you’ve read my first ‘Dissertation Diaries‘ post, you’ll know that I am currently in my third year at university in York, and working on my dissertation. The term ‘working’, being used pretty loosely here, and you’ll soon realise why.
I’ve just finished my second term, and it’s been a huge mix of emotions. I last left this series off letting you know that I was working towards my ethics submission, and had a vague idea of what I wanted to write my dissertation on. Since then, I’ve had two submissions in January, which due to personal challenges I had to get an extension on. But, I got my marks back the other week, and I’m over the moon. One is the highest mark I’ve ever achieved! Also, my ethics form got approved, allowing me to start my dissertation.
It just shows that even when life gets a little tough, you can do it.
Back to the present day. My dissertation is due in, in about 6 weeks. *SEND HELP*. I have nothing written so far, as other deadlines have caused me to push it aside and prioritise imminent work first. However, I have a clearer idea of what I’ll be writing it on, and what direction and steps I need to take. This includes, curating my data sets and looking through newspaper archives, and doing a wealth of literature reading on moral panics. Again, my supervisor is AMAZING, and always checking in on me, personally and academically.
For now, I need to finish my three upcoming deadlines, then I have just over a month to focus on my dissertations. That’s not including 5 days in Iceland, and two days in London for my ICS assessment during April though!
Overall, this term has been a much better one. I made a last minute change to one of my modules, instead taking up a new ‘learning together’ module the university and social policy department were running. This involved us going into a prison every week for ten weeks, and learning and working alongside inmates. As much as it were long, and tiring days, I’ve got so much out of it, and has been a true academic highlight of the last three years. I won’t even mention my theoretical module, because I’ve really disliked it, and I feel I just want to focus on the positives.
6 weeks to go, then it will all be over! How is everyone else finding uni at this point?