Another jam-packed day today. Two uni lectures, two Masters taster sessions and something resembling a date – we just avoided calling it one.
The first of my uni lectures was really useful, but I could’ve done with the lecture last week! It was basically an overview of each essay and the key things to consider. I had already started my research and had an essay plan, but this session showed me that I was going at it from the wrong angle. My new essay plan is actually much easier to understand and I look forward to writing it. At least I hope I will!
I had a manic dash between my morning lecture and the first tasters session as I had to get some Mersey day saver tickets to post home in time for my mum and stepdad visiting next week and shower/dress for my ‘not-quite-a-date date’. Our shower has an irritating habit of creating a foot pool as you shower and takes over an hour to drain. It hadn’t fully drained from the previous use so it was quite possibly the quickest shower I’ve had yet. I managed to get everything done in under an hour, which is quite a miracle for anybody I think!
The first MA taster session for today was in Education. It wasn’t what I was expecting as I thought it would be more along the lines of a PCGE. I did enjoy the topics covered but I shan’t be considering that as a postgraduate option. I then met the lad I mentioned on Monday/Tuesday for a hot chocolate at my local Costa. It wasn’t quite a date, more a chance to get to know each other better. The hour flew by and it was much more enjoyable than I imagined. I say this because last night I was a bit unsure, the texts every so often came across as a bit arrogant. I’m really pleased I went though. We have an awful lot in common and we debated strongly on our favourite uni topics – philosophy for him and history for me. He likewise enjoyed the day, but we have both decided to stay friends for now as he only recently ended a seven-year relationship and I would prefer to focus my attention on my studies, seeing as I’m doing really well at the moment. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see where things go, and my confidence has improved a great deal over the week – apparently I have a nice ass! He noticed as I was leaving the lecture early to attend the second taster session and pulled the push door (as you always do). So yeah, if nothing else it’s made me realise that the hard work I’ve put into changing my lifestyle over the past year is paying off. And he bought my drink and a caramel shortcake slice which was a delicious surprise.
The final highlight of today was my final taster session of the week. I was pleasantly surprised. It was in history, which has and likely always will be, my favourite subject. My overall aim is to teach it in a high school because the engagement at that level can be really rewarding and the topics can be discussed in further depth. I originally thought I would go straight on to study a PCGE at either Newcastle or Durham. I can now say that I am seriously considering extending my stay in Liverpool to study a Masters in History at Hope. The course seems ideal for me and the staff are wonderful. It was the most relaxed of all the sessions I’ve attended this week, and not just because of the free wine! I have a meeting in two weeks with a careers advisor regarding my academic progression, so I will gather some more information about everything I’m considering beforehand to get the most out of the meeting.