Wednesday, 8 August 2012

I did it!

Natalie Mason BSc (Hons) now a postgraduate student at UCLan!

Friday, 20 April 2012


I have less than a month left of my undergraduate degree, but hopefully I'll be starting the LLM in July (keep your fingers crossed for me!). I had my interview recently and it's looking promising :) which means I have to find a place to live pretty much as soon as I finish my exams, which is pretty scary because I'll be living on my own for the first time. It finally feels as though everything is coming together and I'm becoming an adult. As well as making massive progress towards the LLM, I've recently passed my driving test and handed in the dreaded dissertation.

My plan to be a good egg with the diss and start in the Summer of 2011 totally backfired on me, as by the time most people were starting theirs in September I was already bored of mine! But I would advise students to get as much done in the months before their final year as possible, as going back to lectures, tutorials, other assignments and sorting out post-graduation plans makes it really stressful.

I'll be doing my LLM by research, so I'll be focussing on a project of my own making, similar to the dissertation but minus the other distractions. Hopefully I'll have a job by then (I have some prospects in the pipeline which I don't want to jinx by spilling yet!) as I was made redundant last month. To be honest, with all the stress I was under, it was actually a blessing. The dissertation worth a whole module's marks was far more important than a few shifts of minimum wage.

I'm sure I mentioned in a very early post about the need to prioritise things in the life of a student, and despite this I still found the need for a re-shuffle of priorities in 3rd year. Basically my words of warning to any current 2nd years is to figure out where your attention is needed next year and maybe make some sacrifices. I took on extra work this year thinking I'd cope and while I wouldn't change anything because I love what I do, there are times when I'm so busy that sleep is a luxury.

So try to plan ahead so that you don't have to live by my mantra- to quote Bon Jovi, I'll sleep when I'm dead.


Monday, 27 February 2012

The last push

It's gotten to that time of year where motivation is hard to come by, hence the title of this post- it really does feel like extra effort is needed now. With my dissertation and several assignment deadlines looming I must admit I'm ready for this year to be over, not because I'm not enjoying the course but just because I'm ready for a break now! Knowing I'll be here next year means I'm not getting sentimental about these being my last months and my pending graduation. I'm more concerned with sorting out my research proposal for my LLM and finding funding from somewhere for it :S I didn't realise the SLC gave you nothing at all!

Luckily my dissertation has turned me somewhat into a hermit so I'm unintentionally saving money, who needs a social life eh? Ah to be a third year haha.

Be back in touch once I've bossed these deadlines, fingers crossed for me!

Nat x

Friday, 20 January 2012

It's been a while...

...since my last post. Have been really busy with third year and the dissertation, as well as making some important decisions. I think I'm going to do my Masters at UCLan :) well technically an LLM (Law Masters). There's a course which I like related to one of my third year modules (I can't say much more than that because things are still being finalised) and I'd love to be able to stay at UCLan for another year.

It's weird how some people on my course can't wait to finish. They're looking at the 4 months left as a countdown to freedom, whereas I've been thinking 'Oh no, I have to leave soon!'. UCLan has had such a big impact on my life, which I never anticipated as a first year. Walking through campus thinking I'd never get to see it again after May, I was surprised by how much I don't want to leave. So this opportunity to stay was really fortunate.

It's also been motivated by the fact that my previous first choice of university haven't been very responsive in my (multiple) attempts to visit the campus and check out the facilities. It made me think that if that's the standard of their communication when I'm not even there yet, I don't want to get there and be stuck with nobody to turn to. Given how friendly my tutors at UCLan are it was no contest really.

I hope I'm up to an LLM. The tutor for my related module seems to think I'd be up to it. I may apply for the other uni to keep my options open, but I see me staying at UCLan. I'd probably live on campus next year with my best friend, which would be easier with the pressures of a Masters, which is essentially an undergrad course packed into one year. I'd hopefully also have a bit more money coming in as there's another opportunity open to me next year but more on that in the next few months.

Nothing is set in stone yet but I'm getting excited :) just got to focus on getting good third year grades!


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

3rd year baby!!!

In my last first week ever :'( so I don't really have a lot to say yet. Just wallowing in the my non-freshers-ness haha.

I'm now President of UCLan's Forensic Science Society :) and after a lot of promotion, plastering Facebook with our adverts and hijacking freshers talks in the Forensic School, we've got a healthy membership. We're just planning for our first social in a fortnight's time, I'll let you know how it goes!!!

Nat x

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

3rd year here I come!

Since I last posted I've officially enrolled for my 3rd year :)

But it's got me thinking about how I've got less than a year to go at UCLan and the thought actually makes me quite sad! Think I'm really going to miss it. It's going to be weird never again stepping foot in the place that I'll have spent so much time in over three years. I'm nowhere close to leaving work-wise but enrolling on my modules for the final time has got me all nostalgic!

Especially because I've been promoting the Forensic Science Society all over Facebook and reading the posts from freshers trying to find people on their course and worrying about starting Uni. It's strange from feeling as nervous as them to how comfortable I feel now.

I'll definately be sad to leave, and I've still got about 9 (blimey is it only 9!?) months to go yet!

Cue blubbering mess come graduation!

Nat x

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

And...all change!

So a lot has changed since my last post.

I've decided to stay at my job after all. Probably sounds like backtracking after all my talk about money not being important, but I've realised I do actually need the funds pretty badly. This is because of change #2 which is I'm probably going elsewhere to do my Masters. I've got my heart set on Bradford which would mean living there, so i'll need to save lots of money now to afford to get a flat later. The reason for this being that I've been looking into it and not only do Bradford have a course I love, but for some reason UCLan have never accepted a student off my course to study the MSc Forensic Anthro. I don't understand why but they only tend to take pure science students (biology, physics, chem) rather than people with actual forensic anthro experience. Wacky ol' UCLan eh? But the Bradford course sounds perfect so I'm not too disappointed. I'm not going to talk too much about it because its a year+ away and I still have 3rd year to contend with. Don't wanna count my chickens before they hatch but I'm still pretty excited :)

In other news (well I knew already since it was all coursework so I got my results ages ago) I passed 2nd year :) so you've got my ramblings for another year. You lucky folks haha.

Nat x