Student Life | Third Year Update

By Issy Goode - 20:17

If you couldn't guess by the quietness of my blog, what is happening is, quite simply, a lot.

Lately my inspiration has dwindled and unfortunately that also means so have my readers, and I do apologise sincerely for taking such long breaks away from my once active and adored blog. I have succumbed to the madness of third year, and let all aspects of it control my life, leaving a few hours a week to indulge in catch TV, visiting the gym or a night out to relieve myself of the stress of it all. I've taken a step away from my Netflix binges and one towards a more successful year, leaving behind the comforts Gossip Girl once brought me in the face of deadlines. However, the deadline that is terrifying me the most is still under 6 months away. 

Wait, what do I mean by still? In truth this is not a lot of time whatsoever to comprehend the challenge presented by the dreaded D word. No not that your filthy lot.

DISSERTATION.

Funnily enough my chosen dissertation topic is trauma. And despite the fact I've read some pretty traumatic happenings in the novels I've chosen to study, I can't deny that I'm truly the one experiencing the trauma. Faced with quotes, folders, notes and research up to my eyeballs all I need is a big cake on a daily basis to get me through, washed down with my housemates strong coffee and possibly a little cry. 

Alongside my dissertation, this year is the return of the discovery that really trying to participate means a lot more work than I ever realised. I experienced this last year when I skipped happily through first year with minimal effort yet successful grades, and I came out of it averagely, realising that to get something out of university I really had to put a lot more in. Last year was still a breeze in comparison and I managed to keep my attendance and participation above satisfactory. This year I decided to aim for 100% participation all round, however unfortunate bouts of being under the whether has taken one of my modules down to 80%, whilst my other two remain full. This hard work means that alongside non-stop dissertation research and reading, my brain never really stops working.

When trying to sleep I find that I'm no longer thinking about the wonders of the world and the meaning of life, and instead find myself studying my dissertation topic. This does of course allow for some truly brilliant ideas and has led me to invent not only my title, but also possible chapters for my dissertation. However, some days I would quite like to just drop off to sleep.

It's now coming up to week 7, and I can't really believe that all that time has already passed us by. Halloween and Bonfire night are over, Freshers' week is so far in the distance I can barely remember what it feels like to be free of work, and now Christmas adverts and products are lining the shelves. I've got 4 deadlines in the next few weeks as well as the celebration of our first year anniversary for myself and my boyfriend, so this month presents a mixture of happiness and stress.

Whilst I'm finding third year a hard thing to juggle, I'm coping and trying my best to enjoy what's left of my time here at Keele. My house is constantly a mess, and the wallpaper that lines my room is in fact deadline dates and dissertation mind maps. But it's no matter, because this is third year, my third and final year at Keele, and it wouldn't seem right if I weren't stressed out about leaving such a wonderful place. 
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  1. Third year is just crazy isn't it?! I was told that third year was the easiest year of your degree and it is far from! I've been given double the number of deadlines I had last year, assessments left, right and centre, and of course the work is harder! Fortunately I don't do any extended projects until fourth year - I'm writing 6,000 words a week now. I can't imagine writing more!

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    1. So so crazy! Yeah I heard that too, people said the independent studying made it a lot easier, but rubbish I say to that! Oh gosh that's awful! Fortunately my deadlines are quite similar though a lot longer in word count. Blimey that's an insane amount! Good luck with your final year!

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  2. Good luck with your dissertation! Second year is already overwhelming me, I've taken on a french module alongside biochemistry and it's HARD! I am already planning to do my dissertation/3rd project for biochem over summer, I am going to work in France for a few months and then will have to write up a report about it. I'm already stressed about having to find somewhere to live and whether I'm gonna be good enough. If this is second year I'll never survive 3rd year !!

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    1. Thank you I'll need it! Gosh I can imagine, languages are so tough anyway! Oh wow really? That sounds like it'll be such a good experience! I'm sure you'll be fine, focus on the now and take everything as it comes :)

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  3. Wishing you all the best Issy!! It's crazy how quick everything comes around. Hannah xo

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    1. Thank you! I know it's pretty mental! xx

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  4. I totally understand where you're coming from. Third year is difficult! Dissertation is so scary I don't even want to think about it! My blog has definitely suffered which is sad because I love blogging, but don't feel bad about not blogging regularly. It's supposed to be a fun hobby and not a chore so don't worry!
    Good luck with third year, we can help each other struggle through!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, it really does come between me and blogging, though as you say I don't want it to be a chore. It is disheartening though when you put all this work in and whilst you're trying to focus on your education followers drop like flies! Good luck to you too!

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  5. Oh I haven't even started my third year dissertation yet. I've sort of planned it... but today is the day when I will actually start going deeper into the research and making notes. *You have inspired me*. I should do mind maps on my wall and make i a little creative so its more fun. To be honest I'm more worried about job applications in January and have been trying to get work experience and look around for companies to apply to! Lots of luck x

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    1. I haven't started it either! Haha glad to have inspired you though! I have a mind map that helps keep me focused on my topic, so I would recommend it :) I think job applications are stressing me out more too if I'm honest! All the luck to you too! x

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  6. Go-ahead guys you are really accomplishing a great job. Best of luck!
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