Despite this being a little late, this is the final installment in the Dissertation Diary. But, the questions are; did I make the deadline, and how did I do? Before you go ahead and read this post, be sure to read the first two posts in this journey first, click here for post one and here for post two.
Don’t do what I did…
After the last post, it was 6 weeks until my dissertation deadline, and it was being pushed aside as I prioritised my other deadlines that were imminent as well as focusing on other big things going on in life at the same time. I won’t lie I started my dissertation just over 2 weeks before the deadline…stupid I know. Just a tip, I definitely do NOT recommend doing this.
I decided to go ahead with analysing moral panic, and whether it is applicable to Operation Yewtree. More specifically my dissertation title was, “A Critical Exploration into Moral Panic as an Outdated and Inapplicable Concept”. Key arguments surrounded the development of moral panic, concerns with the terminology, oversimplification of morality, and policy/practical implications.
It was an intense two weeks, doing 11am-3am days in the library and department building. A key element getting my through it and keeping me motivated was my friends. Meeting Ellie and Carina for study sessions was what kept me going, and it was a great source of academic and personal support.
Did I meet the deadline?
My disseration deadline was the 16th May, where we had to hand in two phsyical copies and an electronic copy by 12pm. I somehow managed to finish and finalise my disseration on the 15th and sent it for printing. Your dissertation is a new level of academic stress and as much as I could have sat and tweaked it more and more, I knew to put that extra stress and pressure on myself the day before the deadline was not worth it.
Post-priting, the girls and I, of course, spent the afternoon taking the oligatory disseration photos around campus. It was a wonderful way to end it all. Then, on the 16th after handing in our physical copies, the department put on celebratory drinks, and the atmosphere in the room was just amazing. The girls and I then had lunch together before heading home to freshen up ready for a night drinking together.
All in all, my dissertation has taught me a lot (not just to start it early and not leave it last minute!), and I’m really proud of how hard I worked in such a small period of time. I was on camp working when my results came out, so snuck off to check my result. I managed to get a 2:1 in my dissertation, and I was beaming with happiness when the result popped up on the screen. The stress was so wroth it. I graduate from university on thursday, and I can’t believe it’s been two months since my disseration hand in. It’s scary how quickly the time has flown by.
I am super nervous to graduate but I’m really excited to be reunited with all the uni girls. Lookout on my Instagram to see updates of my graduation!
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