I think this is the point in my life that I will remember as being one of the most stressful. As my father quite rightly said, “Son, this is probably the most important 6 months of your life so far”. Last term I found was incredibly stressful. Not that the work we were doing was as difficult as the last term of Level 2 (or even the whole of Level 2!) it’s just that there was so much of it. I must have been working right up until the last day of term with various amounts of coursework, and that doesn’t include project work! I think I counted that at one point I was in Uni every day (including weekends) for 19 days. If that wasn’t bad enough, I’ve had to write another dissertation over Christmas (which I ‘accidentally’ left until last week) and I have four exams to do in the next two weeks (the first of them being in less than 12 hours time).
All of that pressure meant that I don’t think I enjoyed or relaxed enough from last term over Christmas, so I’m still feeling a bit tired, and very very stressed. Seriously, if I didn’t think I was losing my hair from genetics, it would be from stress. I can’t wait to start the new term because I will only have 3 modules, which means only 3 exams, so in theory this will be an easier term. Well that’s done it now, hasn’t it? No way is it going to be easier now I’ve said it 😛
As far as Christmas was concerned, I actually did have a good one. I had a massive haul (thank you FC!) and also some monies for my birthday and Christmas from relatives and parents. I’ve been contemplating buying an iPod touch with the money I have ever since I fell in love with one the first time I really got to play with one. I don’t know what it is about portable web browsers, but I seem to have some sort of fascination with them. I mean I asked for the Internet Browser for the DS for Christmas last year, but it really isn’t worth the price tag they give it. I love it any way. And I guess that this fascination also explains my latest purchase (and partly because the deal was great!), a Nokia 6120 on three with free skype, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger wherever I am, and all for £15 a month I get 300 texts or anytime calls. See what I mean now? I couldn’t really avoid a deal like that. The hardware is uber cute – apparently it’s Nokia’s smallest handset that is classed as a smartphone. My first experience with 3G network is also impressive. So much so that I’ve spent so much money already on browsing the ‘net wherever I am (don’t worry I stopped being silly and added an Internet add-on, so it doesn’t cost me too much). But it now means I’ve got GMail, Google Maps, twibble and loads of other apps wherever I am. I love it so! (Almost too much, as I am starting to doubt whether to buy an iPod touch or not!).
Man, I can’t wait until these exams are over, and to be honest I can’t wait until I’ve graduated and have started earning disposable income. I also can’t wait to save up enough money to go traveling. It’s a bit scary that at this point in my educational life I still have no idea what I want to do for a career, or even if I actually want a career. All I know is, if I had learned to drive when I was 17, I would have been driving for 6 years by now. That scares me a little.
Well, I must go now, time for a good night’s sleep (yeah right!) before the first day of exams starts.
P.S. Hope you like the image 🙂 I took it using my new phone camera panorama view thing – a bit blurry but not bad 🙂