This post is *technically* about a day early but since I’m getting the heck outta Dodge right after my exam, I decided to write it tonight.
And that’s second year. Tomorrow, I have my last exam, Roman World, at 2.30 pm (to 4.30pm). I’m a little nervous for it as always, but I am currently channeling the planet Saturn which astronomically exudes confidence. I’ve read through my notes and my textbook, so I’m feeling pretty good. I also figure after four+ years of Latin, a trip to Italy, and having a published novel which draws on aspects of Roman/Greek society if I don’t know Claudius from Caligula by now…
Right after my exam, I won’t have much time to celebrate. I’m running right back to my flat to grab my bags. I’m leaving for one of my favourite places in all of Scotland – the Bothy. I’m officially become the Bothy Secretary for the EUMC and I cannot be more excited. This trip is going up to work on the kitchen and finish up the main refurbishment works so that the Bothy can be ‘officially reopened.’
Anyway, I am so glad that exam season is over. It’s been more tiring than stressful and honestly, more annoying than anything else. Classes finished back in the beginning of April, so it’s been about a month of waiting for my exam. I’m the type of person would would rather write 2-3 long essays in a class over the semester than wait for an exam. So, I’ve read a lot, walked around a lot, and drank a metric fuck ton of coffee. Yay!
But, two down and one to go. My archaeology exam was last Monday and it was pouring outside. Medieval Europe was last Thursday and after I took the exam I went to the NMS for a book talk with Diana Gabaldon (the author of Outlander). She talked about writing and then signed my copy of Outlander. It was pretty cool. Today, I went for the massage/facial my mom booked me for my birthday and I have emerged a new woman with fewer knots and much less dead skin. Thanks mom! I’ve also been trucking away on my *space archaeology* manuscript, it’s nearly at 30,000 words atm. WOWZAH!
But anyway… tomorrow I finish up with my second year of university. This, September (assuming all goes well and I didn’t fuck everything up on my exams) I’ll be starting my third year! GASP! Time to start working on a dissertation and having my marks count toward my final degree. Honours years is going to be a transition, but I’m really excited for it. This year has honestly been amazing. First semester I got to take an osteology class and this semester I got to use those skills on the excavation in Chester. I can’t wait for this summer to use them again at Bamburgh and in Italy. This semester I took a course in Medieval History which I enjoyed so much. It really makes a difference when you finally get to take courses in things that you have a genuine interest in.
It’s been a crazy two years. If you had told 2015 Kennedy that 2017 Kennedy would be having a kick-ass time in Scotland she would have probably been a bit skeptical. Sometimes 2017 Kennedy still can’t believe that she made it here either. Walking around Edinburgh still catches me off guard sometimes as I catch sight of new things. You’d be surprised how many old things tend to blend into the city unnoticed. Just the other week, I wandered into the Old Calton burial ground and ran into David Hume’s tomb – who knew.
But, enough with academics already. I am so ready to finally relax this summer and turn my brain off, enjoy the weather, and drink some well earned alcohol. Treat yo’self.
Well, that’s second year. It’s been grand. After my exam I’m headed to the Bothy for a few days and then back to Edinburgh and then out for the Road Trip for week and then back to Edinburgh and then out to Northumberland and then back to Edinburgh and out to Italy and then back to London and then to America… you get the idea.