6/27/2014 | 0 comments | offline
Tags: reflection

The town I grew up in is in the news.


I'm visiting there tomorrow for a family birthday. I always feel a little sad when I go back. I've had a bad week - I don't know why. I've just been feeling low. I came online to rewrite my CV - no, I'm not looking for a new job, I've just been asked to send a CV to AAH so they may consider me for a place on one of their committees.

I was talking to a colleague about FE, I totally forgot next academic year is the first year that FE is compulsory. I haven't considered the wider implications of this until last night. In my university the entry criteria is lower for mature students who have done access courses (access courses are aimed at people who didn't go into FE as teenagers). Now that young people have to do FE as teenagers it is more likely that they won't need to do access courses - so therefore, the barriers to HE have been raised again.

6/22/2014 | 0 comments | offline
Tags: art

I love reading about different universities. A lot of my friends and classmates are going to Open Days around this time. It's pretty exciting to see how excited they are.

I finished my course last week. I'm not used to all this free time. I lay in bed at night and don't know what to do with myself. I want to go out and do things to celebrate, but I don't know what. Gah. When I was studying I used to think I don't have time to socialise now I'm full of energy and want to talk your ear off.

I do regret not applying to a variety of universities, although I have no intention of going anywhere else, I would've enjoyed campus visits. I enjoy meeting new people and going to places I don't recognise. Open Days are pretty neat. They feel like a day of discovery.

Matt Lodder on his research and studying art history at Essex from University of Essex on Vimeo.

6/20/2014 | 1 comments | offline
Tags: beauty

I aim to get a better photo, but I'm so lazy I know my colour will have faded before then.

6/14/2014 | 1 comments | offline
Tags: photography

NSFW link. This lady rocks some awesome spectacles. And AP.

6/7/2014 | 0 comments | offline
Tags: reflection

I've been at an award show, an art show and an austerity talk this week. I've also helped out with meeting and greeting job applicants in my department. Everyday is so busy and different. I'm tired but relaxed. I spent most of today sleeping.

I'm dedicating tomorrow to reading a book about Victorian attitudes towards charity. I'm not looking forward to it, but I think that might be to do with my reading it to prepare for a presentation.

People at work are commenting on my skillfulness and idea contributions. I'm making a good impression. My colleagues finally wore me down and I'm going paintballing with them next weekend. I'm also organising a team night out in the restaurant below the flat where I used to live.

I've also been eating/living slightly healthier than normal this month - though yesterday went wrong because I was so busy working the door on an event that I didn't get time to take a break (then when I did the only canapes left were brownies, cupcakes and mousse). And the fact that I haven't got out of my pajamas today isn't good either. Last week the headaches that have been plaguing me since half-term disappeared, which could be related to the relief completing another module. I'm a little headachey today but that normally happens after a lot of sleep.

I really need to book some time off to visit my family. But I can't think that far ahead in the future. Plus, I get so swamped with work that self-care slips down my list of priorities.

I'm aiming to go to town tomorrow and getting some new hair dye to make me feel a bit more colourful, maybe I'll head to Knickerbox too (I hate going too far into the town centre because it's busy and I worry about bumping into people who would be pained to see me). I'll also see if I can pass by Grand Parade to see the dissertations on display. The titles are so interesting and they are making me excited about studying again next term.


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