Axver (axver) wrote,

  • Mood:
  • Music:
Ah, 28/11, what a funny little date in my life you are. When I was informed that I would know the status of my Honours application by the 1st of December, I should have known that I would find out today. The application was pretty much a formality, but I was nonetheless quite excited to open the mail and read that I have been accepted to Honours. I'm very much looking forward to next year. I am hoping it will actually be a challenge and I'll have to learn some new research skills and extend myself. Pretty much my entire time at school and university has been a complete snooze. I've had a few brief challenging moments at university, at least. Thanks to a convenient technicality, I was able to do a second year subject in my first year, and then when I came down to Melbourne for my second year, the standards here were higher and I had to adjust my habits a little. In both cases, I feel that I excelled myself; one of my essays from my first semester in Melbourne has my highest mark to date. My worst marks have come once I have relaxed and ceased to be challenged.

I suspect that if nothing else, I'm going to have to adjust my research techniques. They are very much geared towards spitting out short undergrad research essays rather than a proper Honours thesis, and while I may be able to still bluff through the Honours thesis as it's comparatively short, I know they won't suit the length required for Masters or PhD. Though undoubtedly it will make a big difference (especially to my procrastination) that I will actually give a damn about what I'm researching, and I'm genuinely excited about it all. Perhaps here I should actually say what I'm going to be working on - the role of infrastructure in the development of the modern New Zealand state. I promise it'll be more interesting than it sounds.

Anyway, I need to remember to rant tomorrow about neoliberals or the notion of theism or horrendous attitudes by New Zealand historians or something like that. For now, goodnight.
Tags: history, honours, new zealand history, university

  • How to do tourism campaigns

    Sometimes, my mother and I come up with the most random stuff in our telephone calls. Today? A general principle for effective tourism campaigns.…

  • (no subject)

    This guy might just be my new favourite person. Go forth and have a laugh at some of the morons a taxi company's phone operator has to deal with -…

  • The Internet - the one and only guaranteed source of your salvation!

    Some website ads you have to see to believe. This is one I saw on a forum I attend, and after reading it once, I felt compelled to read it again and…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.