A Fourth Little Lifestyle Update

Thursday, August 31

As I've just finished one of the most difficult things I'm possibly ever going to do I thought it would be a good time for another little update. If you've read any of my recent posts you'll know I just spent seven weeks mapping in the very north west of Scotland for my dissertation.

It is a solo project so even though I was staying with my friends I went out everyday into the field by myself and it was hard! The first week felt a bit like being pushed off a cliff - if you didn't learn how to fly (and quickly) you were going to fall. Eventually I did get into my stride, the landscape was beautiful and I had fun a lot of the time.

That didn't mean there wasn't bad days of course - when the torrential rain was bouncing off my mapboard onto my face and I sat on a rock crying, the day I spent all afternoon wandering round a field not really knowing what I was looking for or the Tuesday morning I fell and cut my hand open. These were all low points that stick in my mind but I'm sure time will make me forget. 

Overall I learnt more about Geology than I ever could have in the classroom but more than that I learnt many valuable life lessons. I worked totally independently, kept myself motivated and doing worthwhile tasks everyday without any help or guidance. Developing problem solving skills that will be useful whatever my future involves.

In a couple of weeks I'm going to hand in the fieldwork part of my dissertation, start fourth year at university and begin working on the written part of my dissertation. After alot of hard work this academic year hopefully I'll be graduating in June year... after that who knows but for now I want to enjoy my final year in Education. I know it is going to be a big one!

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