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Mar. 14th, 2011 | 04:49 pm
I can hear:: Emilie Simon - Dame de Lotus

Third year is difficult and stressful and I'm only three weeks into the semester. I don't think I have ever been so stressed; I don't think I have ever felt so intellectually stimulated either. I'm taking four subjects and two of them are great and two are not so great. I'm currently covering some heavy stuff, very emotional and very interesting in "The Holocaust in An Age of Genocide" (currently reading abut the SonderKommando) however, my lecturer has so much to say that he ends up getting off track and talking about irrelevant but fascinating topics and the tutor runs the tutorial like a lecture and then wonders why we say so little. I am disappoint. "Fears and Fantasies: Criminality and Deviance" has been bloody brilliant so far, we've covered witchcraft and this week are covering prisons and punishment. I find this subject very intellectually stimulating and enlightening but a guy is stalking me....Fail. "Magic, Science, Religion" is amazing. We're learning about materiality, ghosts, ritual and religion and cultural representations and explorations of each. It's challenging and overwhelming but in a great way. Finally, the first year subject I am taking, Medieval Europe, is teaching me the most. I have very little knowledge of the Roman Empire, the rise of Christianity and the politics of the Medieval period and this subject is giving me a firm grasp of all of these issues which I think is vital for me as I have an avid interest in medical history specifically in the Medieval period. As seems to be the theme this semester though, my tutor is terribly confusing and cannot run a tutorial. I really think that they should hire tutors based not only on their academic merit but on their ability to actually engage with students and encourage discussion. It seems that four out of four of my tutors were not judged on their teaching ability but solely on their academic interests.

I have the most reading/work to do this semester and the most pressure. I need to do incredibly well (maintain my HD average in my opinion) to gain a place in the honours program. I need to impress people in the History faculty. I need to excel. I need to not self destruct.

In non-university news, my best friend is having a joint birthday party with another dear friend of mine on Friday night. I can't wait. I need to get out of the house and dance and dress up on shake it. Also, Bar tab! Can I get a hell yeah?

Karl and I are looking for another apartment because we loathe ours and the lease expires in about a week. We're looking in Caulfield/Malvern/Carnegie or closer to Monash basically. That is another layer on the already thick layer of stress I have accumulating.

And, further on the horizon, Karl's mother is coming to visit in April (around Easter) which is always so uplifting and fun. I shall be in the midst of a study seclusion but there are always dinners and adventures when Mary is around and it always lifts Karl's spirits (and mine) to be around family.

So, back to work.
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from: thestral
date: Mar. 20th, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)

Remember to breathe, you will get it all done, even if it seems like a mountain of work! :) I have no doubt that you will be offered honours. If you don't, then the university are mad for not letting such an intelligent and passionate student into the program! Sending love your way. x

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from: kitchit
date: Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)

Gawd, I'm freaking out girl. There is just so freaking much to do. So much. I'm surviving for now but my three major assessment pieces are due one day after another in May so I may go crazy then.

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from: beficyan
date: Apr. 8th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)

Great post! I want to see a follow up to this topic

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from: qirahook
date: Apr. 14th, 2011 06:41 am (UTC)

Great post! I wish you could follow up on this topic!

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from: addisonujely
date: Nov. 1st, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

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