Between the sheets...
Hello again, so I guess that you found the
first instalment interesting enough to pop back and read
more? So welcome back! I’ve had a busy past few weeks and
I’m about to tell you all about it.
So I had my first lecture and got back into
the writing furiously and using up loads of paper as I desperately
try to get down the key points that the lecturer is
saying. It’s an interesting subject, very thought
provoking. Strangely enough the mixture in this group is a
lot different to my undergrad group; the mixture is roughly 50/50
male and female. Varying ages and backgrounds. I guess I’m lucky
that there are two friends from my undergrad course in history also
on this course. Turns out that I have a lot of reading to do and I
need to decide on my research title and independent study. Not sure
where to start as Conflict Studies is such a wide topic. So that
was my first lecture, all day Saturday! Not the usual feature in my
life as you will see…
Unlike the typical image of a student, I
actually work full time. I work within the University as President
of the Students’ Union. My post started in August and runs for
a whole year. I work on student issues and am responsible for
finance and governance of the Union. It’s kind of like the
perfect end to my degree as I still get to be in University and I’m
getting paid to do something I really enjoy. From planning Welcome
Week activities, NUS Conferences and sitting on the University
Board of Governors, my days are always varied and different.
I find that I do a lot of diplomacy, problem solving and
socializing with students.
This past week I was able to make history with
50,000 students and lecturers as we attended the NUS and UCU
National Demo. We travelled to London with 200 students on four
coaches. We enjoyed a peaceful demo and made our voices heard
by showing that we are not happy with the planned changes to H.E.
funding and rising tuition fees.
Well that gives you a little taste of my work
life; it may sound like a 9-5 but is definitely not. Which means I
have to make sure that I utilise my diary effectively to make sure
that I get a decent balance of study and work. My plan has always
been a minimum of one hour reading a night and Saturday and Sunday
to do the bulk of my study. I may be straying a little off track,
but nothing focuses me more that a looming assignment deadline. I
have a literature review to do and I have a fair few books to read
before trying to get my head around Pebble Pad. It’s been a couple
years since I last used it. Most of the work is on Pebble Pad
for my first module, so I have to get the old memory banks of my
brain working again and get my teeth into it.
I’m ok, I managed to figure it out and get a
load of comments logged onto it. I can’t believe that I was in the
library the other day and left with a pile of books as tall as a
small child (see below). Looks like I’m gonna be having a weekend
between the sheets, it’s a pity they aren’t silk sheets! So here
draws the end of another instalment of the Kenny show. It’s time
for me to get back on with my studies. But not before I sneak off
to the gym and bang out a few reps.
Catch you next time when I will let you know a
little more about what I get up to in my social life and a bit more
about my course.
Pile of reading!
Lots of books in the Learning Centre
Student Union demo in London - police stopping traffic
Me with my demo tshirt!
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