Proud owner of a first class honours degree in Psychology and Counselling Studies.

So happy! I did it! Knowing that all my hard work has paid off is extremely satisfying. I don’t think I would have got a first without my high dissertation mark either, so knowing all the stress I had with that was worthwhile is good.

Looking forward to graduation ceremony, graduation parties and a few nights out now to celebrate, although I have to wait until July for all that!

Also looking forward to starting my masters now, and hopefully getting a distinction in that!

First.

A first being the grade I got in my dissertation!!!

Happy beyond belief, I got 79%. Really cannot thank my supervisor enough for the help he gave me, and for the comments he wrote on my draft, as they are what got me there.

If I’ve worked everything out right, if I get over 60 in the one assignment I’m waiting for feedback on, I will have gotten a first overall! Fingers crossed.

Free at last.

I have finished my undergraduate degree! I just handed in my last assignment for Psychology and Health.

I am super tired and drained, I had an injection and blood tests this morning (well, they tried but apparently my veins were too deep). Now for a nap before I take the dog out!

Epic music.

I’m currently writing an assignment for Psychology and Health on how chronic illnesses can impact upon an individual from a biopsychosocial perspective. It’s a fairly depressing essay as I’ve decided to talk about breast and prostate cancer. I know someone who has just undergone a┬ámastectomy though, so it is interesting to be able to put things into a real-life perspective.

Anyway, to the point of this blog post: epic music. I find that I can’t concentrate if I listen to music with words when I am working, but if I am in a public place such as I am now, in the Clifford Whitworth library, I need music on to drown out the noise of other people sneezing, whispering and munching on crisps.

So I’ve discovered this academic year that I work very well when I’m listening to classical music, in particular songs from epic movies such as the Avengers and Lord of the Rings. For example at the minute I’m listening to the score from Mulan.

What music do you listen to when you’re working or revising? Let me know in the comments!

Destination Dissertation.

I submitted my dissertation on Thursday and I have never felt so free! I’ve enjoyed my undergraduate degree but it had gotten to a point I think where I was just ready to move on to the next step in my life.

I have one more essay to do for Psychology and Health on how a chronic illness impacts upon an individual from a biopsychosocial perspective. And then I will be finished!

I’m scared and excited to find out what mark my dissertation will achieve, and what classification my degree will be over all! I do really want to obtain a first, but I feel like my work is consistently just below this, in terms of the marks I have been getting.

So I have just over a week to make this last essay as perfect as possible! Wish me luck.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

The first draft of my dissertation is going to be finished tonight! When I have sent my abstract and discussion sections to my supervisor before I go to bed, I will be able to sleep a bit easier!

I will be just under the minimum word count, however I have already found a few more things to add to my introduction when I get my comments back, and I am counting on my supervisor knowing where I need to add more. A word count of 9000 is the most I am aiming for! Someone has told me that it is the qualitative studies which need the full 10,000 words really.

I’m also happy because I’ve got another interview, and it’s a part time position this time so more suitable! It’s for the support worker role I mentioned in my last post, there are a few positions open so I’m hoping I’ve got a good shot! Will need to get some interview prep in, in between finishing off my dissertation and finishing my counselling and mental health essay!

Oh to be free of university work for a few months! I can’t wait.

And another.

I applied for another job on the NHS Jobs site. This is what I do instead of writing my dissertation, I apply for jobs and cyber stalk other people who want to be clinical psychologists. Motivation, where art thou?

Anyway, this one is for support workers within neuroscience wards, there’s maybe not as much opportunity to use psychology-related knowledge as on a mental health unit, but I do want to be a neuropsychologist, so I’m pretty sure it will be entirely relevant!

Also, it’s part-time hours. My perfect job really. Cross your fingers, toes and whatever else you can for me!