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Academic stuff - John C. Kirk

Oct. 16th, 2002

05:44 pm - Academic stuff

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Yesterday's lecture went well - I was amused when the lecturer announced a change of format for the January exams (we now have to choose 3 questions from 4, rather than 3 out of 5), and a collective groan went up from the room. Personally, it doesn't bother me - I'm working on the basis that I'll learn everything. Had the weekly research seminar this afternoon, and this one was a lot better than last week's, in that I could actually understand it. The overview of this module is a bit unclear, so I was talking to a few of the other students afterwards, and we're going to approach the guy in charge en masse, to see if we can get him to explain what's going on (since he keeps fobbing us off individually).

All in all, this is all quite reassuring. Back when I was working (and being rejected by various universities each year), I always maintained that my 2:2 didn't really reflect my ability. However, there was part of me that wondered if I was just making excuses, and whether the universities were right, i.e. whether I really didn't have what it takes to be a postgrad. Now that I'm on the MSc course, I think the reason I'm finding it easy is that I had to find a place that was willing to take me with my low grades. For instance, I know that not everyone on the course actually did a CompSci undergrad degree. So, the average student is finding the subject matter more difficult, and I would be too if the 2:2 had been what I deserved. So, since I'm finding the course easy, that shows that I do have the ability to do well. And although an MSc from Kings may not be worth as much as the corresponding qualification from Imperial, it should be good enough to get me onto a PhD there (assuming I get a distinction).

And I got my delivery from Amazon today (Buffy CD, DS9 novels, Transformers comic), so I'm a happy bunny :)

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From:dynix
Date:October 16th, 2002 10:04 am (UTC)

Random thought

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Do you think the sheriff actually has a chance with snow white?

Glad you're finding the course easy (toldyaso;) ).

Whats the social life like at Kings? Nearly ended up there to do Pharmacy once.
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From:johnckirk
Date:October 16th, 2002 11:17 am (UTC)

Re: Random thought

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> Do you think the sheriff actually has a chance with snow white?

Hmm, maybe. There's a new issue of "Fables" out now, where Bigby stays in town, and Snow goes out to the farm, so I guess nothing will happen in the short term...

Incidentally, there's a discussion forum I've found, which might interest you (the writer posts a lot of comments there).

> Glad you're finding the course easy (toldyaso;) ).

*grin* I shall make a note never to doubt you in the future :)

> Whats the social life like at Kings? Nearly ended up there to do Pharmacy once.

Well, I haven't got involved in the freshers' week parties etc., but I've been up to the bar a few times - cheap food/drink, which is good. There's about 100 MSc students in my department, spread across the different courses, where some of our modules overlap, so I doubt I'll get to know everyone. However, I am starting to recognise a few people now, so I'm making new acquaintances. Looking around the student union, they don't have many societies that I'm interested in. In particular, there's no sci-fi society there, so I'll stay with ICSF. But I may go along to some events there at some point.
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From:dynix
Date:October 18th, 2002 08:19 am (UTC)
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Bigby reminds me of someone but I cant work out who. Had a peek at that forum, is interesting. Did you ever read Midnight Nation?
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From:johnckirk
Date:October 18th, 2002 08:45 am (UTC)
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> Did you ever read Midnight Nation?

No, I heard about it, but never got round to picking it up - I assume there will be a paperback collection at some point, so I'll wait for that. Mind you, Rising Stars is taking a *long* time between issues, so I'm not sure whether Midnight Nation has even finished yet. (Rising Stars has taken 3 years to get to issue 20...)
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From:dynix
Date:October 23rd, 2002 06:33 am (UTC)
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I think I have the first two issues rattling around somewhere.

Story was ok, the artwork I liked.
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