Things that I wish I had known before my law degree:
I think the earlier you do it, the easier you make your life in the future. I didn't fret about it too much in first year and then began to panic a little in 2nd year. I eventually got some great experience including Parliament and a mini-pupillage, but it would have been a lot easier if I had something to start with. I mean, with law, you almost advance into things. It's all about the 'stages'. You do stuff in your first and second years (eg a week in a small firm etc) that will get you the vacation scheme in year three and then the training contract for after you graduate. If you don't know what these things are and you're thinking of being a solicitor/barrister, see www.lawcareers.net a great website for info on this. The moral of the story is if you miss a 'stage' then you make it a bit harder to get to your end goal.
I hope this has helped somebody. Feel free to ask me any questions relating to any of the above.
As much fun and excitement I've had at University, one of my final tasks is to finish off my dissertation! A dissertation is basically a massive project that you do in your final year at University and it is supposed to cover a key area of interest you have whilst showcasing all the skills and material you have learnt over the last few years at University. It count's as a whole double module (worth 25%) and it must be passed (which is 40% and higher for better grades) in order to graduate. It's really important to do well and to do something that you are interested in as often it will act as a portfolio piece of work and future employers will be keen on finding out about your dissertation.
In your second year you get to think about potential ideas for the final year dissertation project,. You begin and finalize a choice at the start of the third year, so in my case I started in October. For if you ever have to do a dissertation my advice would be to do it on something you find interesting and have a passion for. My idea is basically to create a robotic system for elderly lonely people that lack day to day human interaction and I am trying to create a home robotic device that can say things to a user upon certain triggers, e.g. if they open the door to go out, it would say something like 'have a nice day'. Not quite like the apple Siri idea but it's more of a one way interaction based on human's offsetting various triggers around the house.
March 27th is the deadline for me, so I've had about 8 months in total, with two to go and I have so much work left to do, I need to finish off my prototype build, and then fully write up the report. I've written lots of scraps of pieces and done lots of research already, I now mainly need to finalize it and put it all together now.
Generally speaking they are a maximum limit of 10000 words, however as my subject requires us to create something too, we have a maximum of 60 pages to write up, plus appendices, plus the build! Once the dissertation is completed you have a viva assessment which is the final oral examination and you have to explain your project and for me demonstrate my robot prototype idea!
I will put up a video to showcase some of my demonstrations and work when they are finished, so you can get an insight of what a dissertation is all about. Its 3:00 am as I write this blog and it's time for me to switch tabs back to writing some stuff up in the University Library! It's a love/hate thing that I have to do, whilst it is fun and exciting it is very daunting and takes up so much of my life! There's going to be many sleepless nights ahead, but it should all hopefully be worth it soon!
Hope you all had a relaxing holiday season and you've gone back to school and college feeling refreshed and ready to go for the new term!!
Yeah... me neither. Seriously - winter break? Not. Long. Enough.
That aside, I actually had quite a good Christmas. Here's a bit of what I got up to:
. Had Christmas dinner with old friends.
. Had Christmas eve drinks with same people.
. Drank a bit too much on Christmas eve and slept in on Christmas day til half past eight, nooooo!
. Got a gorgeous retro Roberts Radio from my mam. Also jumpers. Lots of jumpers.
. My grandad got stuck in the upstairs loo on boxing day and we had to chisel him free.
. Hit a new low since breaking up with my boyfriend - my New Year's kiss was from my cat.
All in all quite a fun time was had by all. Except my Grandad on Boxing Day.
It wasn't all parties and mayhem at home though, I also made a massive decision about my future.
I've filled in another UCAS form to apply for a PGCE next year. I'M GOING TO BE EDUCATING YOUNG MINDS! BE AFRAID! :D
In all seriousness though - I totally respect all of you who're currently waiting to hear back from universities. It's awful! I'm waiting to hear from three uni's at the moment (my first choice being Kingston obvs.) and I'll keep you posted about how that goes. I kind of wish I'd been more on top of things though - if I'd sent my form in earlier I'd have likely had all my interviews now and maybe even have a place already. The first time around I got my UCAS in months ahead of schedule, and I only wish this time I'd bee as on the ball...
Also, what even are those crazy word limits??? They were driving me utterly bonkers just trying to fit everything in. I had the urge to write it all in text speak, but somehow I don't think that's a very good first impression for a prospective teacher to make.
Filling the form in has brought back just how little time I have left here... In five short months it'll all be over - three years of my life finished in the blink of an eye. Wow :-\
Getting a reference from one of my drama tutors left me sobbing happy tears all over a pub in London, he was so lovely about me! I didn't even have to bribe him with cake.
It showed me just what an impact I've made while I've been here - I've joined societies, I've run societies, I've played sports, I've volunteered, I've sung, I've performed, I've worked, and I've blogged. I've had so much fun while I've been here, and I hope it doesn't sound too big headed to say that people have noticed me.
Whatever offers you guys get, and wherever you end up going, join in! If you leave university three years later without anyone having noticed you arrived in the first place, you've wasted your chance!
Being at university is about being free and having fun, as well as working. Believe me, it's three years on and I'm lying here wishing I could start it all over again because come graduation day, I've got to grow up and get a job and a house and it's going to be so... Boring! :-/
The Kingston University Knights Park student union bar on a fundraiser night.
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