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Almost there…

The end is in sight. After many many weeks of the 4th year, I have only a few days to go. I still need to be signed off for this block but I’m hopeful that will happen without a problem in the next day or so.

It will be then that I can finally have an attempt at a summer holiday. In that, I’ve almost already failed. My August is taken up as my elective – which I’m actually quite looking forward to. And, as per posts below, I have now lost my July to the inescapable quest for money to push me through.

It is with this knowledge that I approach my best hope for a holiday with some cautious optimism. This time next week I shall be suffering the Florida heat and hopefully enjoying the break. As my first time abroad in a bit too many years, I think I’ve deserved it. A number of my friends, those who’ve went down the path I had blocked, have already had more of a holiday than I have or will have in the near future. Such is my fortune and so I must endure my jealousy.

With only a week in Florida to escape, there won’t be much chance to try and forget about that, but I’ll do my best.

And after it’s all over and we eventually return to face a final year, the threat of exams shall start. It is amongst those rather darkened clouds that I have to deal with job applications. This in itself is an interesting subject. Over the past months and particularly weeks I have been contemplating applying for an Academic Foundation programme. The odds were very much against me, the thought of actually filling in the application form was embarrassing – considering the blanks I would have left. The benefits were not all that clear and the possibility of leaving where I’m comfortable was not appetising. It is with all this in mind that I have not even registered to apply for this post. Have I made a mistake? Perhaps. Maybe I will end up regretting it, if I end up on Shetland or somewhere else I have no desire to go. On the whole though, I think it was the right choice and we’ll just see what happens.

This I have to face and it’s not as far away as it seems. For as much as I long for a return to normality, I know it will come all to quickly. And then next year, after exams and the stress of jobs, on the longest day of 2011, perhaps I can be the one making my friends jealous that they have still got a few days left…

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