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A Mixed Start On 2018 Goals

A Mixed Start On 2018 Goals

One of the things I’d like to do more this year is focus on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. That’s proving a little tricky so far — I’m behind on work, for a start, so all I can think about is how I haven’t done any of the four essays I’m supposed to be doing, rather than concentrating on the fact that I’m ahead on my dissertation, even though the latter is probably a more positive…

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Eight Hours Of Inferiority

Eight Hours Of Inferiority

In her welcome speech, the college principal apparently told freshers that there are twenty-four hours in every day: eight for sleeping, eight for work, and eight for other things (societies, socialising, and so on). My tutor, when she quoted this to us in our start of term meeting, added, “But I think six or seven hours of working is probably enough.” I disagree with both of them. Strongly. The latter, marginally less strongly, but I still disagree. This way of…

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Vlogging And Deadlines

Vlogging And Deadlines

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve had coursework and a dissertation to work on. However, I unfortunately made an error with deadline dates, and as a result, have had a week from hell. I was going to blog about it, but in my attempts to revive my YouTube channel (which has been sadly neglected for the past year), I already filmed and edited a vlog on the subject, and it seemed pointless to tell the same story twice….

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You Can’t Edit A Blank Page

You Can’t Edit A Blank Page

One of the lies I was told about Cambridge before I started was that although the terms were extremely intense, they were short, and therefore I would have plenty of time to recover in the holidays before I had to do it all again. It’s true that the terms aren’t long, compared to many universities and definitely compared to school. We have eight weeks of teaching at a time, and then substantial breaks. But there is no time to recover,…

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The Student Experience (Doesn’t Involve Much Work)

The Student Experience (Doesn’t Involve Much Work)

I wouldn’t exactly say I’m coping with deadlines and balancing my life and so on at the moment. After Monday’s protest, I found myself on Tuesday morning writing a 2,000-word essay in the course of an hour, handing it in, and then going back to bed for a while so that I could have more energy to work on my dissertation before the deadline on Wednesday, when I needed to hand in a full first draft. What I handed in…

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Dissertation Hell Is Full Of Tomatoes

Dissertation Hell Is Full Of Tomatoes

I used to be good at deadlines — they used to be what motivated me, to the point where I’d create them for myself, insisting on increasingly high wordcount totals or number of books read. Of course, that was mostly to do with things I wanted to do, things that were fun, rather than work… but still, sometimes I have to think hard to remember the days before deadlines made my brain shut down out of panic. Even with last…

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Peak Lancelot

Peak Lancelot

Good news! I just submitted the online copy of my coursework for my French paper, so now all I need to do is drop off the printed copies, which I’m going to do on my way to lectures this afternoon. This means I’m a day ahead of deadline — I was totally paranoid about oversleeping and missing the noon cut-off, because let’s face it, I would do that, so I decided to get it over with. Plus, it means that…

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Lent Term Updates & Positivity

Lent Term Updates & Positivity

I came back to Cambridge on Saturday and promptly realised I’d forgotten several things I’d definitely meant to bring, including my current knitting project. I mean, I can’t really afford to take the time and hand strength to knit this week when I have a coursework deadline on Friday that is killing me, but even so, it’s a little annoying not to have it. Other things I left behind: my calendar, my Celtic knotwork colouring book (again on the hand…

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Outside, Looking In

Outside, Looking In

Since actually participating in theatre turned out to be overwhelming in terms of time and energy required, I decided to take a different approach to participating in student life by … observing it. Which doesn’t necessarily sound like a form of participation, but it is. Hear me out. I discovered that by signing up to review student productions, I could get free tickets to various theatre things. This is a win-win scenario: I get to enjoy an evening out without…

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Something Saturday: This is how novels are written.

Something Saturday: This is how novels are written.

Take one stressed writer. Add a deadline, a laptop and an open document. Feed them with sherbot lemons, but make sure they don’t eat very many. Take away their whole afternoon by volunteering them for community events, so that they’re totally exhausted by the end. Then, send them to the library so they’ve got a whole pile of books to distract them. Stick them in front of the computer. Put on some film music, scroll to the end of the…

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