I did it!! Finally the elusive Distinction is mine. Results of TM129 came out today. So I was happily celebrating this piece of news with myself when I realised something else...cue Landmark Moment Part 2!!
How to organise the tumble of my thoughts around graduation then?
I think this picture says it best - happy, happy, happy!
Made the ever-familiar metro journey with hubby and child by my side this time, then abandoned them so they could do a bit of shopping in Newcastle, whilst I did the official bits of registering my attendance and getting dressed officially in the academic robes. Mortarboards (or motor boats as my BFF calls them) are not permitted for the ceremony, they can be hired at extreme prices if you're so inclined for photos though. (I was not so inclined..). Had my first couple of 'moments' in this bit of time - firstly at catching sight of other graduates in gowns outside the Sage (our venue for the day), and then standing in the queue for my gown fitting. I've said it a few times through this journey, but occasionally it all feels a bit surreal, like it happened to someone else. As distance learning students, often the graduation ceremony is one of …
Sat down today to put a proper start on some of the 'words' of my final EMA report, given that a lot of the choices I need to document are those I've already made by now. If I can pull the majority of the background stuff together, then it should be a case of simply (hah!) slotting in the official findings of the analysis I've still got to do.
I have to admit, having a third or so of the words together is helping a little with the inner panic. The fact that I shouldn't then have the whole 3000 words to write after I finish the analysis might help me to focus on the analysis in a more logical fashion. My head's been fluttering about like some mad butterfly, one minute on one part of the analysis, then to another part entirely, never quite settling on any one flower.
I get the feeling I'm never going to feel entirely satisfied with the resulting report, as word counts have a tendency to do that to me anyway - I …
Oh dear that countdown clock is ticking faster than I would prefer now. On the one hand - yippee, the countdown heads towards freedom, from the world of study and deadlines and assignments etc. On the other hand - it reminds me just how little time is left to complete the final EMA. I remember being very happy that my final module had an EMA instead of a final exam. Right now I think I would have preferred the short sharp shock of the exam.
Suffice to say, this final module has not exactly filled me with joy and delight. There have been some satisfying moments along the way, but the very structure of the course has been difficult to balance with life. Particularly a life which now has my working days being filled with learning.
The final assignment requires some data analysis, some use of data mining techniques and a formal report. The data sets are based around the EU referendum, which I have to admit I was sick of the first time round. And now I get to pull it all apart and …