Surviving the first six weeks of postgrad study

Edinburgh Expeditions

I’ve made it through my first six weeks as a postgrad. Or grad student. Take the phrase as you will. It strikes me as strange that in the US ‘postgrad’ is someone who’s finished undergrad, but in the UK its a student beyond the undergrad level. But, living in the UK, I’ve embraced this terminology.

Six weeks done, another seven and term is over. So far, these six weeks have been the craziest, hectic, most sleep deprived six weeks of my life, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I’m learning so much. I’ve had my frustrations with the computer programmes I’m using, but they only make me more determined to do well. 3D Modelling class provides the most challenges, but I will work through them. I’m already thinking of making a short animated film for my dissertation, perhaps an adaption of Roald Dahl’s “Beware of the Dog.”

I absolutely love what I’m doing. I’ve had no doubts. This is what I’m supposed to be doing, and where I’m supposed to be. Now to get a job and a work visa for when I finish…

Also been listening to a lot of music I hadn’t paid much attention to before. Swing dancing music, bands such as The Jam and The Smiths, blues, jazz…makes me smile.

Far too optimistic and happy for my own good. Or it could just be the three cups of tea and slice of pumpkin cake talking. That would explain the rambling. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Surviving the first six weeks of postgrad study

  1. I’m going to ditto on the “you can never be too happy or optimistic” wisdom 🙂 🙂

    But can you explain 3-D modeling? Also, the photograph at the top of your site–did you take that? Is it near where you are?


    1. 3D Modelling is building digital models in a three dimensional digital space. I use a programme called Blender. It’s the first step to 3D animation (Pixar). I’m making a very short film right now.

      Yep, I took the photo on my trip to Florence this last March (visiting my sister). No where near where I am now–I need to use a photograph from Edinburgh!


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