With the end of year festivities again just round the corner, I scored 2 weeks off work to be able to focus a little on coursework before the busy period hits. That also means a month’s worth of Christmas songs being blared over the speakers every single shift. On the upside, everyone seems to be in good spirits donning Santa hats, reindeer antlers and plenty of tinsel scattered around the place.
Before this all hits, this is the calm before the storm. As the Stark family states: “Winter is coming.”
I’ve been given my choice and met my supervisor, and I’ve now been given the green light to begin my Honours project.
I’ll be developing a social network in an educational setting, with a research focus on private messaging and privacy – doing a better job at it than other platforms.
Bring it on….
I have until this coming Wednesday to make a decision. Probably the most important one in my academic career – picking out my Honours project. I’ve to decide from a list of 91, and narrow them down to my top 3 explaining why I’d like to take them on.
The projects are all very interesting as they represent different areas of research, not making it easy to narrow them down. If it comes to it, I may just roll some dice and let randomness decide.
It’s now official. I’ve spent the past few weeks going on and on about it, and I’ve backed my talk by doing the deed.
I’ve finally signed up to run the 2013 Edinburgh marathon, and I’m going to raise funds for the MS Society.
Check out my JustGiving page to see what the story is, give a little something and spread the word!!
Mission objectives for 2012-13:
- Graduate with a 1st Class Honours degree
- Complete the 2013 Edinburgh marathon
- Save up for 30-day post-graduation tour round Europe
- Figure out what to do next
4th year has arrived. I’m setting the bar quite high in gunning for a 1st Class Honours, so my A-game will need to be switched on throughout. I also foresee a fair amount of all-nighters in the near future.
I’m only a couple of weeks into my training, but with 9 months to go until the marathon I’m confident I can complete it (perhaps even set a target time somewhere down the road) as long as I stick to the plan.
A month-long holiday touring Europe. Seems like a brilliant way to celebrate graduation. All there is to do is figure out who my travelling companions will be, where we’ll go (and sleep) and save up for it all….
And at some point, I have to decide what to do next. Choices are:
- Find a job in the web design/development industry
- Attempt to work freelance
- Do a Masters degree, then look at options 1 and 2
The next several months are going to be very busy months, and I look forward to it!
The first week of my 9 month marathon training plan is over. Need new running shoes and a little tweaking so as to develop my leg strength for endurance running.
Based on the different sports I took part in during my high school days (athletics, field hockey, football/soccer, badminton and basketball) I feel the physical challenge of a marathon is something I can jump right into. The psychological challenge on the other hand will definitely be the tough part. The drive to keep running for 26 miles, the drive to train by repetition and the drive to simply keep going.
No doubt there will be a point during both the training and the marathon itself where I’ll want to stop training, stop running and quit (most likely due to psychological obstacles rather than physical). That’s when the hard part begins, to just keep going. The best advice I’ve heard so far comes from one Master Yoda:
“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”
Tonight the fantastic Doctor Who returns to TV with a new series, and I’m very much looking forward to it. You just have to love it – time travel, weird and wonderful new planets and species and storylines that are usually about preventing the end of everything. Very exciting stuff indeed.
On another note, this week is the last week I get to indulge in desserts and savoury foods, as I will begin marathon training this coming Monday. Looking forward to the challenge….