Category: University

What Next? (Part 1)

I have some thoughts about my immediate future.

At the moment, I think the best thing for me to do is to move back to my Parents’ house in Homecity and seek full time employment, on a temporary basis anyway.  I know that I want to return to Anytown in the near future.  Moving home would allow me to get my finances sorted out quicker and easier.

As far as University is concerned, I still have (under the Academic Regulations) one further attempt at my Contract Law module.  At this moment in time I am not in a position to re-do that semester again.  Here I have the option to defer for a year and hopefully in that year I will have been able to get my life sorted out to the point that I could afford to have that final attempt at the exam.  Or I could just give up and withdraw totally from university and figure out what else to do with my life.

I hate all this uncertainty.

Moment of truth approaches

Next week it would appear is the big week for me.  At some point next week (hopefully Monday) the re-sit results for Anytown University will be released and I will know in which direction I am heading.

Financially it is very difficult at the moment, but if I have passed my re-sit exam and progress (at long last) to my third year I will be able to plug the hole in my finances with one (or more) of the many financial hardship options my uni has.  If I don’t, then I’m still going to have roughly the same outgoings and will not have access to this wonderful stash of money and will need to find it some other way.

So fingers crossed that it all goes well and I’ll be continuing with my degree, otherwise I will be in a spot of trouble.

Contract Law Exam

Well, my Contract Law exam is over and I am relieved.  Now all I have to do is wait and see what happens.  I’m not all that confident that I’ll have passed the exam, and if by some miracle I do, I will only have just scraped a pass (which is better than a fail I suppose).

The exam was tough and didn’t really match up what I had studied.  I think I’ve done really well in one question, okay in a second and will probably only pick up a few marks out of the third question (I just didn’t know enough for any of the remaining 3 choices, so just had to pick the one I knew most about, which was no where near enough to get a pass grade for that particular question, but so long as the few marks I’ll pick up there get e a pass grade for the exam I’ll be happy).

I should have the results in a few weeks time.  So, here goes the beginning of the nerve-wracking wait.  I’m back at work tomorrow, which I’m not looking forward to, but at least for 15 hours a week my mind will be taken off my exam results.

Anyway, just thought I should update you.  I have some rather boring ironing to do and then I think I’m going to go out cycling (it’s a lovely day).

Law of Contract

revision

In under two weeks I am due to re-sit my contract law exam, which I have to pass otherwise I will not be allowed to progress into my third year.

Please forgive me if I disappear off the twitter and blogging sphere during this period as I frantically try to get to grips with the delights of restrictive covenants, the wonders of remedies for breach of contract, the fantastic topic that is Unfair terms in contracts (I’m sure you can detect the sarcasm in my writing).

Motivation

I have my one and only exam this semester on the 6th of May in the massively uninteresting subject of marketing.  I cannot seem to find the motivation to study for the exam, which is a huge problem as I already have Contract to re-sit in August and really don’t want to have to do Marketing in August.

This is a problem…

Exam Time…again

Well that time of year is fast approaching again…the dreaded exam diet.

I have one exam on the 6th of May (Marketing).  I hate this subject  and I have done no work at all for the module all semester (Oops) and now I have just under a month to master the art of marketing enough to pass an exam in it!

Update

I’ve really been struggling to find anything worthy of writing in my blog just now, so I’ve decided to give everyone an update on my life in general.

Well, if you’ve been reading recently you’ll know all about my accident on the ice and my knee injury.  However, there is more to that story than what I’ve told you.  I had my first ever bad experience with our great National Health Service.  So much so, that I had to go private to get the help that I so obviously needed (like a set of crutches – I’m not able to walk at all).  The wonderful NHS also misdiagnosed my knee injury three times.  The highly qualified private physiotherapist that I went to see was shocked that none of the three doctors and one nurse that I’d seen over the course of a three week period had picked up that my leg was actually moving in ways it really shouldn’t be.  Essentially the advice I was given by the Emergency Nurse Practitioner at accident and emergency was not the correct advice.  She told me to walk on my leg as all I’d done was pull some ligaments and muscles, when it would appear that I’ve actually torn the two ligaments that keep my knee stable and allow it to function in the way it is meant to (along with the cartilage in my knee).  None of that is really that new to those of you who read the previous two entries on the matter, but I just want to rant about it again.

Work have been less than sympathetic.  Their horrible attendance policy has kicked in and I’ve now to face a disciplinary meeting (like I was going to come to work when I can’t actually walk!).  The policy was designed to catch those annoying people who takes days off here and there when it suits them, but in actual fact only penalises those who are genuinely off sick.  Let me give you an example (other than my own).  I am one of the Shop Stewards in the store and as such often get called into disciplinary meetings to represent members.  On one occasion I was asked to represent a member who had been off for quite some time.  He had been admitted to hospital following a Myocardial Infarction (a heart attack) and the work ended up issuing him with a verbal warning for unacceptable attendance at work.  Some of the questions the managers ask are appalling and one more than one occasion I’ve had to ask the manager taking the disciplinary exactly when and from where did they obtain their medical degree.  In my case they are going to try and issue a verbal warning, they only call a disciplinary meeting if that is what they are going to do, I’ve yet to see them not issue a verbal warning after a disciplinary meeting (many get overturned on an appeal to a more senior manager as the junior managers simply haven’t used their common sense!) I will of course have my union rep in with me.  He is great, his bite is much worse than his bark and once he’s got his teeth into something he does not let go.

On the university front there is not much to report.  I passed my property law exam and failed my contract law one, which I will re-sit in August (if you remember back to January I did say that I had a complete mental blank in my Contract exam).  In May I have a marketing exam to sit and I’ll have to re-do the coursework in August as well (I just don’t seem to be any good at Marketing).  I need to pass Contract and Marketing in August otherwise it will spell problems for next year, there is no way I’ll be able to do second year for a third time (especially when I’ll have to pay fees if I repeat it again).  Plus, I wasn’t to get third year over and done with and I can finally get rid of all this management rubbish (I’m learning more about management at work than I do in any management lecture I’ve ever had the (dis)pleasure of sitting through).

I have a meeting with my advisor of studies coming up later in the month/beginning of next month.  I’m not looking forward to this as every time we meet one of the questions is always “and what do you have planned for when you finish university?”.  To that question I still have no idea.  I still really want to pursue Medicine as a career once I’ve finished my current degree (which will now be 2012, instead of 2011).  However, I’m not sure that finances will permit that (although I still do live in hope).  Other than that I’ve thought about a number of things.  Oh well, it’s only once every semester!

Other than that, life is keeping me very busy (as you’ve probably been able to tell by the sporadic nature of my posts on here) and I am enjoying every minute of it just now.  This repeat year has really opened my eyes – I’ve really been cast into the real world and I love it!  Although, I will admit that working full time while studying part time is not an easy thing to do!

Exam Results

So, I’ve finally been able to get my Exam Results now that the system has stopped crashing (they were only released yesterday afternoon).

You’ll remember I wasn’t overly confident about them once I had sat the exams, but considering how rubbish I felt about them I don’t think I’ve done too badly. I passed my Property Law Exam with a D (basic pass), but failed by Contract Law exam. So, I’ll have to re-do contract in August…great!

Erasmus

During my third and fourth years of university I have the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus programme. Initially, I had no interest in visiting a foreign country for a semester and studying there. However, it is something I think I might quite like to participate in (I was 17 when I started university and still quite immature and had absolutely no interest in the programme when it was first mentioned when I started my course).

On my course I have the opportunity to go to Italy, Denmark or the Netherlands for a semester and study over there. I’m being drawn to Denmark and the Netherlands and having looked at the institutions where I’d be studying I’m giving it even more thought (Italy is a nice place, but I don’t think I’d want to live there for six months).

I think it would be an awesome experience to go and explore these countries and would look fantastic on my CV. Looking at it from a personal, rather than academic viewpoint, I think it would be a character building experience and might just be what I need for myself.