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The Dreaded Dissertation

Many people in the early years of their 20s have to write one of these bad boys, what better way to kick off my new blog than with my first post dedicated to the Dreaded Dissertation.

It’s Easter Monday, for everyone else it’s a Bank Holiday. Time to eat leftover chocolate, see family and have a few drinks in the sunshine.

But not for me…

I’m in my final year of my degree and for many students that means we have to write a dissertation. Many of my friends have already submitted theirs, but mines due in just under a month and boy is there a lot to do between now and then.

I’ve come home for the Easter Break and I’ve set up camp in my room (as you can see in the above photo). Books, folders, highlighters, endless mugs of tea… they’re my best friends for the next few weeks.

I can’t have a normal conversation with anyone at the moment that doesn’t boil down to my dissertation topic. That’s not just because it’s the only thing I’ve got churning round in my mind (it is) but it’s all anyone can find to ask to me about because from the outside I probably appear as though I have no life at the minute. On Easter Sunday, at a family gathering, I spoke in length about all my findings and why it was such an interesting topic to at least three family members. Some seemed more engaged than others but it helped a great deal to be able to discuss it over and over, just making what I’m going to write that little bit clearer.

It’s a 7,000-10,000 word piece and I’ve written a good 4,500 words already. I’m hoping to have a final draft ready for my dissertation tutor to read in 10 days… (that’s a lot of sleepless nights) and in that time I’ve also got another essay to write and submit. I’m then taking a break for a week and joining my boyfriend’s family in Florida to take my mind off it and have a well deserved rest. Then it’s back to the UK with a clear head (hopefully able to spot those late night spelling errors) and I have 10 days to build on my feedback, get as many people to read it as possible, make lots of changes and get it all printed. Yippee.

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