Six Nations or assignments? by JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim
Six Nations or assignments?
February always brings the university campus alive; partly due to us entering the home straight of the academic year, but also for the start of the Six Nations rugby tournament! The stereotype of farmers and rugby is very much credible as the rugby jerseys come out of the drawers and are worn with pride throughout the weekend’s matches. Friendships go out of the window for at least 80 minutes each weekend, as do worries about assignments/ dissertations/ revision!
Talking of dissertations, they have certainly started to rear up into the thought processes of us final year students, particularly those who are doing surveys as their primary research method. My LinkedIn feed seems to be 99.9% filled with dissertation survey requests, but it must be said there are some very interesting research topics being covered this year.
As we end our last full month in the EU (supposedly), both second year and final year students continue to search for employment, whether it is for their placement year (3rd year) or graduate employment. March the 28th will be the calm before the storm in more than one way as it will be the final day before we leave the EU, but also the final day before we break up for a month for Easter, and we (final year Agri-Business students) will have two assignments due in on the first Tuesday back after the break! We’re also entering the start of a new crop season as 2019 spring barley is being planted and, matched with this current burst of sunny weather, it creates some stunning photo opportunities for the agricultural anoraks of these parts. Additionally, with the silage season not far away, Tractor Spotting 2019 will be in full swing by the time the next blog comes out!
In terms of academia in the last few weeks, we final years have had a few reading weeks to catch up on assignment and dissertation workloads. The last few days I’m sure have been a real test of resolve for some students who have had two large assignments due in on the same day, with one being worth 100% of the final year module! (Not one to forget to upload the digital copy!)