The heat is rising
16th November 2013
The past week or so has been hectic, hence the lack of blogging. I had a field/lab report due in for Wednesday and we had only been given a week to do the results, discussion, conclusion evaluation and abstract as we only received the data a week ago. I’m just glad I had completed the introduction and methodology earlier. I spent days of solid work on it so I’m really hoping the hard work has paid off.
I’m looking forward to the Christmas break, it’s just all the work I’ve got to do before then. I’ve got to make a poster with someone else in my class and then present it in a 10 minute presentation. I’ve got to do a short field report for a recent field trip we went on. It’s not a full report so it shouldn’t take me too long. I then have an essay to write on the human development index which I know is going to be a challenge because I literally have no essay writing skills.
Finally we have to produce a scope for our group work project with my tutor group. This is easier said than done because nobody in my tutor group wants to talk to each other. I set up a Facebook group so we didn’t have to talk face to face but people don’t even want to use that. How am I suppose to get anything done? They aren’t taking the course seriously. I’m not a pushy person but I don’t want to be leaving this work until the last minute. People need to get their priorities sorted. It’s the second year for god sake.
Needless to say I’m stressed and from time to time it makes me incredibly miserable. I get in to the ‘I hate geography’ way of thinking and which doesn’t help my motivation for work at all. I’ve just got to get my head down, get it done and look forward to Christmas.
Next week, amongst all of the work I’ve got to do, I’m going to be spending time with my mum and nan who are coming up to Liverpool to see me. I’m so excited to see them both. I don’t go home as often as I did last year because I’m a lot happier here, but I still really miss my family.
My Christmas shopping is coming along nicely but I do have a tendency to find things for myself. I finally got a NUS card (student discount card from the National Union of Students) which means I can get discounts at loads of shops and restaurants. I was supposed to get one from my bank but because they screwed up my application for a student account last year I never got one. I complained to the bank directly and they apologised for messing everything up. They gave me the money to buy an NUS card for three years and gave me £20 as an apology and a good will gesture! I used it to treat myself to a new handbag from TopShop. And I used my NUS card to get 10% off.
Last year my parents picked me up from uni and drove me home for Christmas because I had so many presents to bring back. This year I’m getting the train back so I’m limited a to what I can carry. I’ve got a bag for Christmas presents so I can only buy small-ish presents and I am determined not to buy any more than I need.
If you don’t hear from me again for a while you will now know why. I’ll either be stressing over uni work, or stressing over Christmas shopping.