From the moment you finish your final exam until the moment you receive your results is a nerve wracking time, however much calculating of grades you’ve done and pep talks you and others have given to yourself, it is always on your mind.
A week ago I woke up very early morning to the news that I had achieved First Class Honours in Business Computing with Professional Practice BSc and an A* in my dissertation… it still feels very surreal! I’ve loved school and it feels weird that for now education has come to an end.
When I found out my result I was in Cornwall on a family holiday, staying with my grandparents whilst my parents were in their caravan at another site. So I went straight into my grandparents and told them, they hopped straight out of bed and then we spontaneously got ready and drove over to my Mum and Dad’s caravan to tell them… about 6am! The reactions of my family definitely were the best bit about achieving the result.
The messaging between all my friends from my course and finding out what others had achieved throughout that day was fun, very proud of my peers and how hard they have worked over the last 3/4 years! Especially finding out my tutor group’s dissertation grades was such a nice moment after spending many hours with them over the year. Cannot wait for graduation in a month’s time and to thank the staff of the Computer Science Department for all of their support over the last 4 years in person.
I know for sure that my experiences and my degree has set me up well for my future, and I will always be thankful for that.
With all my travelling and plans this summer I know I’m definitely making the most of these few months before I start my graduate scheme in September. Making a kind of summer “bucket list” to make sure I do things that I truly want to do, in this free time that I will never have in the same way again. Feeling very grateful for the opportunity of this break and friends and family to share it with 🙏
One goal is to increase the audience and reach of IT Girl – any suggestions would be appreciated! ☺️
It’s been a week since I finished my last university exam and drove off to fly to Amsterdam where I had one of the best weekends ever, with some amazing friends.
When I returned to England, I came back to my parent’s house and went out for a meal to celebrate finishing university with my parents, sister, boyfriend and both sets of grandparents. I’m very lucky to have such a huge support system.
I then returned to Uxbridge on Wednesday to have lunch with my colleagues from GSK, nearly a year after I left and it’s great to be catching up with them, weird to not know whether I’ll see them again or not. That evening I went out for another meal with my dissertation group and tutor (Team Rob ftw!) which was great and we had such a laugh, really great way to end the year after all our worries and stress regarding our dissertation and the encouragement we got from our tutor.
Thursday was a great day too, I met up with a friend and we took her gorgeous little girl to a soft play area and out shopping! Later on I had a WCIT dinner at the Waterman’s Hall, which was magnificent to celebrate diversity and inclusion, much to my surprise I was sat at the top table and was mentioned in the Master’s speech, I very much appreciated his and everyone’s kind words. It’s really nice to be a part of that community!
Friday again was busy, met my friend for breakfast and then we helped with the Level 2 transition day for our department, anybody who knows me knows I love to talk, and I really do love chatting about how I found my placement year and this past year of university, giving them advice which I hope will be of value. I was also able to see one of my mentors, David Barker, on campus promoting the Placer app at the Brunel Careers Fair. After I rushed off to pack up my room into my car (not sure how it all managed to fit in my little Seat Ibiza), handed in my keys, and drove off into the distance. I am officially moved back to Hertfordshire now!
It’s been a hectic week but I love to be busy, better than having nothing to do!
(Now off to Corfu for a few days to actually relax… with nothing to do but read a good book whilst tanning)
Last exam was this morning… university is finished! So surreal
I’m half way through my exams, 2 more this week and I’ll be finished… feels very surreal. Just got to give that last little push on this home stretch! 💪 🤓
It’s strange to think that I have no more lectures left… a week and a half until exams start!
Better get back to the books 🤓
Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to present my dissertation to industry experts at Brunel University’s Made In Brunel: Software Innovation event! It was a really great evening and I met some very impressive people. I really enjoyed being able to talk through my dissertation project and gain feedback on the concept that I have been working on with GSK.
Four years ago I met one of my great friends on my course at a Made In Brunel event, which we were invited to as prospective students, since then it has always been a goal to present too, so I’m really happy that I was able to come full circle and end my university career where it had started.
Today is the day I start full-time revision for my final year exams… in just over a month I will have completely finished university! The time has flown past.
Something I have learnt, is to give myself a break when I’ve reached a deadline or need to balance out what I am doing. Having a break and stepping away from what you need to do is often beneficial to what you are able to then achieve. It’s hard to not procrastinate for too long… especially with Netflix rolling onto the next episode in a series for you! But treating yourself to a break is only a good thing 🙂
So I took a week off last week, I saw a lot of family, went on a mini break to Copenhagen with my boyfriend, and watched many films!
And now… tea fuelled revision!
It feels weird to think that I am old enough and able enough to have just written and submitted my dissertation…
Personally, I love projects and coursework more than exams and I really enjoyed developing a project from researching, to designing, to developing a solution for a real-life IT business problem. That’s not to say it was a breeze, it’s hard when there’s time and knowledge constraints, and you’re the only resource.
That’s why ensuring you get the right help and support matters, and why my tutor group wanted to do something special for our tutor. So we printed off t-shirts and surprised him by all turning up late, and revealing them.
Whether you’re about to submit or will do in the future, good luck, don’t be afraid to ask for help and make sure you pick a project you’ll enjoy developing 🙂
BBC News has just notified me that the university strikers have rejected the agreement proposed by the university leaders and employers to end the pensions dispute.
I can fully understand and support the reasoning behind turning down the temporary deal, but for all students in over 60 universities this is causing a huge amount of stress simply because we don’t know what will be run or rescheduled, knowing it will most likely have a negative effect on our exam results. For final year students like myself, it is even harder to find support for the strike when our results that we’ve worked 3+ years for may be delayed, which will also be delaying us informing our future employers of whether we’ve met their criteria to join graduate schemes. I hope an agreement can be made which will not only be sufficient for the many university lecturer’s, but also be what is right for the students that invest £9250 a year.
All teachers (not just university lecturers) have a raw deal when it comes to pensions and support from the government, it is not the respected career it once was which it should be, in STEM subjects particularly there is more benefits and money in industry than to teach future generations. But, we should applaud the academics and teachers of all levels because without them, we wouldn’t be able to advance in any subject, industry or personally. Like myself, there must be at least one teacher/academic who stands out as an inspiration for you, and they deserve what is right… whatever that may be. They have looked after individuals professionally and personally, whether the student has paid or not, in return they should be looked after by the state once they retire.
What are your thoughts?