Because I hate exams and, as exhibited previously, do not perform as well on them as I do on assessed work… I played the classic ‘what courses am I interested in that also don’t have exams.’ It worked out brilliantly.
So that’s the end of the semester for me. I’m done early… just in time to catch up on my Christmas knitting and yarn shopping. Sorry everyone, you’re all getting knitwear. Yay!
I really enjoyed this semester. My favourite course was Conflict Archeology because we got to study different aspects of conflict including human remains, battlefields, and military strategy. We took a field trip to Edinburgh Castle and submitted a poster. It was my first time making an academic poster so I didn’t really know what to expect. What I didn’t expect was to cry at a uCreate computer in the Edinburgh Uni Library for three hours, but eh. I ended up with a first on it so I was pretty chuffed.
B073641_ConflictArchaePosterFinal (that’s the link if you want to check it out)
I also really enjoyed Archaeology in Practice because each week we had a lecture from a different type of archaeologist and it helped to think a lot about my future career and different jobs in archaeology. My third course was History in Theory, and it was pretty dry not gonna lie. I enjoyed a few of the lectures, but it was a required course. I’ve learned I’m a much more practical than theoretical person.
Other great things that happened this semester including increasing the scope of my volunteering at NMS and also starting to help out at the Botanical Cottage at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh. It’s all very official – I’ve even got a pass. I’m just trying to widen my experience and see what all sorts of jobs are out there. As an American, it’s already a narrowfield for me to work in the UK on a work visa… so I may have to get creative.
The EUMC had it’s Christmas Dinner the other week. It was a great time with all my friends and we all got a chance to get dressed up. Honestly, with mountaineers sometimes you don’t really recognise people out of muddy kit.
I would say that more exciting things have happened this semester, but truthfully it’s been about the normal level of frantic panic and reassuring ‘it’ll be finnnneeeee’ … maybe with just a higher intake of coffee.